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Canadian autoworkers ratify new GM contract

Canadian autoworkers ratify new GM contract

There will also be volume shifting from Mexico to GM's plant in St. Catharines, and improvements at GM's parts distribution center in Woodstock.

There was also a $6,000 signing bonus plus lump sum bonuses of $2,000 in each of the next three years to most employees.

General Motors Co. has agreed to spend $400-million to upgrade the flexible assembly line in the Oshawa plant and $150-million to introduce a new model of an existing engine in St. Catharines and prepare the plant to make the next generation of a transmission it already assembles. REUTERS/Rebecca CookCanada's Unifor union ratified a deal with General Motors Co that will see the auto maker invest C$554 million ($420.84 million) in its local plants, the labor group said on Sunday.

The ratification vote was closer than expected, 65% to 35%, reflecting a measure of disappointment among Canadian workers regarding the continuation of the 10-year grow-in period for new workers to reach the contract's top wage.

"The gains made in this agreement are historic and more than what has been achieved in the past ten years", Dias said in a statement.

The agreement includes a two-per-cent wage increase this year and another two-per-cent increase in September, 2019.

Under a process called patterned bargaining, Unifor's tentative agreement with GM, if ratified by members, would be used as a template for talks with the other companies, which are expected to agree to similar terms.

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The ratified deal with GM sets the pattern for contract talks that begin with Fiat-Chrysler Automotive on Monday.

In the GM deal, the union gave up defined-benefit pensions for new hires. It converts 700 temporary positions to permanent full-time status.

Dias said he does not expect talks with Fiat Chrysler to be easy, but it will be hard for the company to ignore the GM precedent.

With negotiations now officially complete between Unifor and General Motors, the union is moving on its next target in the Detroit Three negotiations: Fiat-Chrysler.

"We won't just accept it and go", said Chiodo, arguing that the union wants to secure commitments for all three facilities.

Importantly, GM has confirmed the investment plans outlined by Unifor but has also said those plans depend on some level of financial support from the Canadian and Ontario governments.

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