The Ford assembly plant in Oakville is getting a “refresh” as part of a new four year contract between the automaker and Unifor.
Union President Jerry Dias says the deal was reached just after the midnight strike deadline.
He says the agreement matches many economic gains achieved in previous deals with General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler, but Ford has committed to invest even more money — 700-million dollars — in its Canadian operations.
Dias says most of Ford’s investment will go to its Windsor engine plants, with some of the cash going to the Oakville assembly complex.
He says the Oakville facility won’t be getting any new product, but the refresh will allow it to continue producing vehicles such as the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX for the international market.
Six union locals will vote on the pact this weekend.
Dias said his negotiating group is unanimously recommending the deal, which he said includes wage increases for the company’s “legacy” workers.
Unifor was seeking a deal similar to those it reached with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler America in pattern bargaining that began in the summer.
Both Fiat Chrysler and General Motors have agreed to invest $554-million each in their Canadian operations.
(with files from the Canadian Press)