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
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.