Canadian auto worker union, Unifor, has selected Ford Motor Company to set the pattern agreement with the Detroit Three automakers. "I selected Ford because we think the company is prepared to reward our members, make a commitment to continue manufacturing in Canada, and has a vision that we think is in the best interest of the industry and the economy," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Worldwide we have seen more than$300 billion dollars announced for electric vehicle production and not one dime is destined for Canada. Our members want that to change."
It has been the union’s practice to strategically choose which of the three Detroit OEMs the union will negotiate with first in order to set a pattern agreement for Canadian auto workers. “Ford of Canada has a long history of working collaboratively with Unifor and looks forward to reaching a collective agreement in order to remain operationally competitive amidst intense global competition.” Responded Ryan Kantautas, FMC Canada to the announcement. “In light of global economic uncertainties, it's more important than ever to maintain jobs in Canada. We'll be asking our employees to work with us to help shape this new reality.”