Unifors National President Jerry Dias and representatives of the negotiating committee will hold a virtual press conference at 10 .m to provide more information on the interim agreement. Unifor announced Thursday morning that its Master Bargaining Committee has reached an interim agreement for 17,000 members working at General Motors in St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock, Ontario. This was a difficult round of negotiations for the Union in all calculations. Despite the historic result, the road to an agreement with General Motors has been difficult. Unifor represents members at various locations in the Detroit Three, from assembly plants to office units. These agreements are being implemented at the same time, allowing us to coordinate negotiations and define the so-called “model.” TORONTO – Unifor`s Master Bargaining Committee has reached an interim agreement that is unanimously recommended for 1,700 members working at General Motors in St. Catharines, Oshawa and Woodstock to avoid a strike this morning. Unifor`s national president will give more information at a press conference that will be broadcast live on Facebook tomorrow morning. Until then, there will be no further comments.

“Subject to the ratification of our agreement with Unifor for 2020, General Motors plans to return pick-up production to the Oshawa assembly plant, while making additional investments at the St. Catharines Propulsion Plant and the Woodstock Parts Distribution Centre. Already today, National President Jerry Dias and the management committee of Unifor-GM have publicly announced that the Union has reached an interim agreement with General Motors. The agreement was reached early in the morning, after an extension of the strike deadline, as indicated in an update of the negotiation published last night on this site. Strike approval votes must take place before Unifor can legitimately take strike action. In addition to meeting these legal requirements, strike votes allow Unifor members to show their support for their bargaining committee and negotiating objectives. Members support their bargaining committee by voting to approve strike action, if necessary, in order to obtain a fair collective agreement before the strike period expires. We often refer to that as members who give a “strike mandate” to their bargaining committee. Unifor asks all members to give a strong mandate by voting in favour of the strike permit. – Dean Stoneley, CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada (Company Statement, September 28, 2020) Journalists who wish to participate in the press conference portion by telephone must register by 8:00 a.m. .m.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 by email [email protected] and we will send you the contact details. When developing safety protocols for 2020 Auto Talks, Unifor took all necessary precautions in anticipation of a second wave. Personal meetings are strictly limited to no more than 10 people (union and companies combined). The disinfection of all hotel workplaces, as well as social disinfection measures and the rigorous use of personal protective equipment, continue. The only notable change is that early in the morning, internal caucus meetings will be held online to accommodate the dozens of Unifor participants.