This desire for guarantee underscores the concerns of some Canadian workers about NAFTA, the much-criticized trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. “The ratification of a new 4-year agreement between GM Canada and Unifor Local 88 at the CAMI Assembly is a welcome message to our company, our employees and the community. We have an outstanding new product at CAMI with the Chevrolet Equinox and I am confident that we will quickly work together to continue to demonstrate to the world the excellence of productivity, innovation and quality, which is synonymous with CAMI staff,” Carlisle said in the statement. “We have just ratified a collective agreement that brings 2,800 of our members back to work with all the parts suppliers that supply our plant, so it`s a very good day,” Borthwick said. “With respect to the job security letter, we have not been able to receive a formal guidance letter, but we have improved our current language of job security, which includes new programs that would mitigate other future events such as layoffs, restructuring or plant closures.” The Ford agreement reached in September includes investments of $1.95 billion to bring electric vehicle production to Oakville and a new engine derivative to Windsor, and the Fiat Chrysler agreement includes more than $1.5 billion in investments in a state-of-the-art platform to build both plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles. GM`s new three-year agreement follows a landmark configuration agreement with Ford that includes a 5 percent hourly rate increase, a $7,250 productivity and quality bonus, a total of $4,000 in inflation protection bonuses, improved performance, work bonuses and the re-establishment of the 20 percent wage gap for crafts. “Jobs at the three Canadian sites are secure for the duration of this agreement, including the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre, which will also be upgraded,” Dias added. Negotiators from both sides will meet in Toronto next week to sign a new agreement. “So you don`t have an assembly plant like ours on the master`s negotiating committee. We are part of the GM family, but not the master contract,” graves says. Our members are well deserved some kind of product, when it comes, close to our contract, hopefully. “We took advantage of the three big negotiations because we got all the wages and benefits they were doing. Unifor Local 88 President Joe Graves will be seen on Friday, October 16, 2020. Local 88 represents 2,000 employees at the Ingersoll, Ont. auto plant. CAMI by General Motors Canada.
(Sean Irvine/CTV News). There are three positions left for the 2,000 unionized workers.