Unifor, the Canadian autoworkers union has announced that it has reached a tentative deal with Ford Motor Co. that includes new products for factories in Ontario. The three year deal includes $1.98 billion of investments that will go predominantly to Ford’s assembly plant in Oakville and Windsor’s two Ford engine assembly plants.
The agreement which is subject to a ratification vote by members, includes five models of electric vehicles for the Ford Oakville plant. That work is expected to begin in 2024 with the first of five electric vehicles rolling off the line in 2025 and the fifth, off the line by 2028. The union also secured the assembly of batteries that will go into these vehicles.
The Oakville factory currently employs 3,400 workers. Unifor President Jerry Dias believes Ford’s commitments were long term, ensuring decades of Canadian labour in Ontario.