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Going to the Polls: Unifor to hold GM ratification vote this weekend

Toronto, Ontario – Unifor members at General Motors Canada will vote on whether or not to approve a new collective agreement with the automaker over the weekend after a short-lived strike Monday secured the tentative three-year deal.

The union plans to hold ratification meetings on October 14-15 across locations in Oshawa, St. Catherines and Woodstock, Ont., with voting to take place either in-person or online depending on the location’s preference.

Unifor represents nearly 4,300 workers at GM Canada under its master agreement. Its roughly 3,100 members with Local 222 at the Oshawa Assembly Plant will take part in an in-person ratification meeting, but vote online. Local 199’s 1,100 members employed at GM’s St. Catharines powertrain plant, meanwhile, will carry out the entire process in-person on Oct. 14.

Union gains in the tentative GM agreement closely resemble those secured in the recent Ford deal. These include wage gains of nearly 20 percent for longtime members over the three-year term and a one-time bonus of $10,000 for full-time staff.

The results of the voting are expected to be made public by Sunday afternoon.

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