GM Reaches Deal with Canadian Auto Workers, Ending 13-hour Strike

Automotive workers at four General Motors Canada facilities in Ontario were back on the job Tuesday afternoon after the automaker and their union, Unifor, came to a tentative agreement on a new contract 13 hours after going on strike.
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GM Canada and Canadian Auto Workers came to an agreement, ending a 13-hour strike. // Photo courtesy of GM Canada

Automotive workers at four General Motors Canada facilities in Ontario were back on the job Tuesday afternoon after the automaker and their union, Unifor, came to a tentative agreement on a new contract 13 hours after going on strike.

Negotiations started in July, and the strike began at midnight Tuesday. Successful talks were completed at 1 p.m., according to GM.

The new agreement covers approximately 4,300 autoworkers at GM’s Oshawa Assembly Complex, CCA Stamped Products, the St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, and GM’s Woodstock Distribution Center, all in Ontario.

Employees at the CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, work under a separate collective agreement.

In a statement, GM said: The agreement “recognizes the many contributions of our represented team members with significant increases in wages, benefits, and job security while building on GM’s historic investments in Canadian manufacturing.”

Last month, workers at Ford of Canada ratified a new deal that raises base hourly pay for production workers by almost 20 percent over three years, and 25 percent for skilled trades workers. The GM deal includes the same raises and other terms that the union agreed to with Ford.

In the meantime, some 25,000 of 150,000 UAW members at GM, Ford, and Stellantis have been on strike since Sept. 15.