Members of Unifor, the Canadian union representing blue-collar workers at General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, have authorized  a strike at all three companies. The union opened formal contract talks with the Detroit Three in Toronto on Aug. 12. Unifor’s theme for these talks is The Future is Made in Canada. The union will be looking to keep and add new products for various plants, “Our members voted overwhelmingly to support their bargaining committees and our bargaining priorities, including; job security, product commitments and economic gains for all members” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. The union’s three bargaining committees will decide if a strike is necessary as the negotiations move forward. The deadline for settlement at one of the companies, which, as in bargaining in the United States, will set the pattern, is Sept. 21.

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