Withholding Walkouts: Unifor avoids strike after reaching an agreement with Ford

Toronto, Ontario – After reaching an agreement with Ford Motor Co. two hours before its second strike deadline, Unifor announces a tentative deal that will ensure Canadian auto assembly plant workers avoid striking.  Late Tuesday night, Unifor President Lana Payne released a statement saying that the “tentative agreement, endorsed by the entire master bargaining committee, […]

Welcome to the Walkouts: UAW strikes all three Detroit automakers

Detroit, Michigan – In a first in the United Auto Workers (UAW) union’s 88-year history, a simultaneous strike against Ford Motor co., General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (now part of Stellantis) has been announced. Early Friday, nearly 13,000 hourly workers at General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri; a Ford factory in Wayne, Michigan, near […]

Uniting Unifor: Several candidates step up in race for national Unifor presidency

Toronto, Ontario — Following the unceremonious departure of Unifor president Jerry Dias from his role in March, several candidates have emerged as frontrunners in the race to fill the highly-influential role. Unifor Local 444 president David Cassidy, Unifor’s national secretary-treasurer Lana Payne and Dias’ executive assistant Scott Doherty are currently slated as candidates for the […]

Union Upheaval: Jerry Dias retires as Unifor president amid health concerns

Toronto, Ontario — The Canadian auto industry bid farewell to a long-time labour advocate on Wednesday, as Unifor National president Jerry Dias announced his retirement amid ongoing personal health concerns. Unifor’s National Executive Board was contacted by Dias on Friday, informing them of his immediate retirement. He had been on medical leave since Feb. 6. […]

Labour Lockout: Honda calls EV exec. order ‘unfair’, ‘discriminatory’

Toronto, Ontario — Representatives from American Honda are pushing back on U.S. President Biden’s Aug. 5 executive order that sets a goal of 50 percent of overall sales being EVs, by 2030, saying the thought is there, but the cars aren’t. In the analysis of last week’s order, Bloomberg wrote “[Biden] has ordered the federal […]

Microchip Madness: Stellantis plant shutdown extended another week due to microchip shortage

Windsor, Ontario — Stellantis’ Windsor Assembly Plant’s current shutdown will be extended another week due to the global shortage of microchips.  The Stellantis–formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA–Windsor plant has been shut down since March 29. It was originally supposed to last four weeks, however, it will be closed for at least a […]

Coming Together: Unifor secures three-year deal with Leamington auto parts plant

Windsor, Ontario — In what could be considered a win for the Canadian auto industry as a whole, Unifor Local 444, the union representing workers at the Windsor Assembly Plant, tweeted on Sunday it reached a deal with Leamington auto parts plant ElringKlinger. We have a Deal!!! The elrinKlinger members have spoken! Overwhelmingly With 90% […]