September 23, 2020
A tentative deal between the union that represents Canadian autoworkers and Ford Motor Co. could bring a “historic investment” to the country’s automotive sector, including Windsor’s two Ford engine assembly plants.
The potential three-year deal involving a $1.98-billion investment, announced by Unifor president Jerry Dias Tuesday, promises to stabilize employment for Windsor employees by bringing a 6.8 L engine to the plants and electric vehicles to the Oakville operation in Ontario.
President of Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association Flavio Volpe said the news is monumental and allows Canada to be part of the automobile of the future.
While the Unifor Local 200 president, John D’Agnolo, couldn’t go into detail about the agreement, he said the announcement means new jobs and ensures operations in Windsor for the next few years.