Canadian autoworkers ratify new contract with GM, leaving only Stellantis without deal 

GM Contract Ratified Canada


Unifor members, the union representing nearly 4,300 Canadian workers at three GM sites in Ontario, voted 80.5% in favor of the agreement, according to a statement issued by the organization on Sunday.


The decision mirrored the pattern of an earlier arrangement with Ford, leaving only Jeep maker Stellantis without a contract. Stellantis has the largest Canadian manufacturing footprint of Detroit’s three automakers and has yet to initiate talks.


The GM accord came following a brief walkout by workers at GM plants in Oshawa and St. Catharines, Ontario, and a parts warehouse in Woodstock, Ontario, last week.


According to Unifor, the agreement includes wage rises of approximately 20% for production workers and 25% for skilled trades workers. Workers would be paid 10% more in the first year, 2% more in the second, and 3% more in the third. In addition, the business committed to reinstating cost-of-living wage increases beginning in December 2024. Temporary employees would be paid more, and those with at least one year of service would be hired permanently.


Workers with defined-contribution retirement plans will be transitioned to a new defined-benefits pension plan on January 1, 2025. The United Auto Workers union continues to strike in the United States, with roughly 34,000 workers out of work at all three Detroit automakers.

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