Unifor extends negotiations with Ford by 24 hours

(Toronto) Unifor is extending negotiations with Ford Motor by 24 hours after receiving what it said was a substantial offer just before Monday’s midnight deadline.

The union says negotiations are continuing and members must remain ready to strike.

Unifor auto workers are in a legal strike position against Ford after their contract expired at the end of Monday without a new agreement being reached.

In an update late Monday afternoon, the union said it was urging its 5,600 members at Ford to be prepared for all scenarios, including a strike, when the contract expires at the end of the day.

Unifor National President Lana Payne indicated in a video statement Monday evening that the union would go on strike after the collective agreement expires. However, a statement on Unifor’s website suggests that Unifor Ford members are expected to remain in office unless they receive explicit instructions from the union to do otherwise.

Unifor said it is focused on increasing wages, improving pensions and securing good jobs in a future dominated by electric vehicles.

Steven Majer, vice president of Ford of Canada, said in a statement that the company was willing to extend negotiations beyond the existing deadline to reach an agreement in principle.

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