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Dias added that these negotiations will also have to address the raging technological advancements that are changing the industry.
“Globally, electric vehicles represent 3% of the market, but by 2040 this figure is expected to reach 50%,” said Dias.
“There has been $ 300 billion in new investments in electric and audiovisual vehicles announced by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and none of that in Canada. We have a huge problem.
“If you’re not in the game now you’re screwed.”
Unifor workers will participate in an online strike vote August 29-30 and Dias announcing September 7 which company will be the target of the strike.
The current four-year contract expires at 11:59 p.m. on September 21.
Unifor Local 444 president Dave Cassidy, who represents workers at FCA’s Windsor assembly plant, said he expects Detroit automakers to plead poverty by due to the pandemic.
“COVID will not be the excuse to cut pay,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy said the union is looking to improve benefits, wages, pensions and narrow the gap on the pay scale between new hires and those at the top of the grid.
New hires in production start at just under $ 21 an hour and over 10 years will hit around $ 36 an hour.
“We want to shut down this growth rate,” Cassidy said.
“We also have different pension plans with younger workers with defined contributions and others with defined benefits. We want to move to defined benefit pensions. ”
Unifor Local 200 President John D’Agnolo, who is the lead negotiator in the Ford talks, said Oakville will be Unifor’s top priority in negotiations with that company.