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Stellantis Autoworkers Quietly Approve New Collective Agreement, Confirms Unifor

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Stellantis Autoworkers Quietly Approve New Collective Agreement, Confirms Unifor

Stellantis Production Workers Approve New Three-Year Contract with Unifor

Stellantis production workers represented by Unifor have voted in favor of a new three-year contract with the automaker, with a 60% majority voting in favor. The agreement covers workers at Stellantis’ Windsor and Brampton assembly plants and Etobicoke Casting Plant in Ontario.

Positive Approval for Smaller Agreements

Smaller agreements covering Stellantis workers in other units also received high approval ratings, ranging from 85% to 100%.

Tentative Deal Reached After Brief Strike

Following a brief strike on October 30, Unifor and Stellantis reached a tentative deal that mirrored contracts already in place with Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Members of Unifor at Ford voted 54% in favor of the contract, while GM members voted 81% in favor.

Contract Details

The new contract, which will cover approximately 8,200 workers, includes a 10% increase in general wages during the first year, 2% in the second year, and 3% in the third year. In addition, the deal adds two paid holidays, makes pension improvements, and reduces the time for workers to reach full pay.

Investment and Product Commitments

Lana Payne, the national president of Unifor, stated that alongside the improvements gained by Ford and GM workers, the contract confirms investment and product commitments for the three plants, including the retooling of the Brampton plant for electric vehicle production.

Stellantis emphasized the importance of its operations in Canada as it prepares to introduce more battery-electric vehicles in Canada and the U.S. by the end of the decade. Mark Stewart, COO of Stellantis in North America, expressed the company’s intention to reward its Canadian workforce and secure the future of the company for employees, their families, and customers.

Conclusion

Overall, the approval of the new contract by Stellantis production workers represents a positive outcome for both the workers and the company. It provides increased wages, improved benefits, and security for the future, aligning with Stellantis’ global strategy to transition to electrification.

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“The Canadian workforce plays a key role in the Stellantis global Dare Forward strategic plan as we make the transition to electrification, so it was especially important for us to reach an agreement that secures the future of the company for our employees, their families and our customers.” – Mark Stewart, COO of Stellantis in North America

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