CHICAGO Unifor, a labor organization formed by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, has signed a new four-year contract with General Motors of Canada Ltd. covering workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.
Over the next four years, "we will continue to work with our Unifor partners to identify opportunities to enhance the competitiveness of our Canadian operations," the Oshawa, Ontario-based company said.
Members of Unifor Local 88, based in London, Ontario, voted 90 percent in favor of the new contract, which includes a $3,000 signing bonus and annual lump-sum payments of $2,000 in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The contract also protects current pension benefits for active workers and retirees and provides full-time, permanent jobs to about 300 temporary workers.
Under the new agreement, new hires will enter into a defined contribution pension plan sought by GM Canada, a subsidiary of General Motors Co., but the union negotiated an increase in the total value of the plan.
Unifor represents 2,700 production and skilled trade workers at the CAMI plant, which assembles the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles.