Unifor, a union representing roughly 4,300 workers at three GM facilities in Ontario, announced Sunday that its members had voted overwhelmingly to ratify the agreement, which is three years in length. Unifor said the vote followed the same pattern as an earlier agreement reached with Ford, leaving only Jeep manufacturer Stellantis as the only one without a deal. Negotiations have yet to begin with the company, which accounts for the largest manufacturing presence of Detroit’s three automakers in Canada. Last week, Unifor workers went on strike at GM facilities in Oshawa, Ontario, as well as at parts warehouses in Woodstock.
GM said in a statement the agreement “recognizes employee contributions while positioning GM for future competitiveness.” According to Unifor, the agreement includes pay increases of up to 20% for manufacturing workers and up to 25% for those in skilled trades. GM said workers would receive a 10% general pay increase in the initial year, followed by a 2% increase in the second year and a 3% increase in the third year. The company also said it would restore CFO pay increases starting in December 2024. The agreement also said temporary workers would receive pay increases and those with a minimum of one year’s service would be offered permanent employment. As part of the agreement, Unifor said workers who have defined contribution retirement plans will transition to the new defined benefit pension on January 1