It was hoped that if Ford employees rejected the agreement, it could have become the spark for broader opposition to the current management of Unifor. Members who have questions about any of the content on this site can email us email@example.com. All other collective agreement issues should first be addressed to your appropriate local union representative. Clearly, the two-step wage structure, which former CAW President Bob White once called “cancer,” would not be eliminated or reduced in these agreements. The agreements only partially took into account the massive concessions granted to companies following the 2008 insolvency crisis. When negotiations began this year, the hourly wages of workers, adjusted for inflation, fell by 16% compared to 2008. This is because the base rate has been frozen all the time and the annual cost of living allowance (COLA) has been suspended. New hires lost even more wages and in 2012 their defined benefit retirement was reduced to a “hybrid” plan. At GM, the contract was 65% its lowest since the creation of the CAW.
70 per cent of the ACF. Many workers were pleased that some kind of investment had been promised, that there had been increases (albeit modest) and that full-time work had been promised to the SWE. But others saw the weaknesses of the agreements. “The threat outlined in this agreement will be felt by our colleagues at Ford and De Chrysler, as the typical negotiations advance similar rules for their workers,” GM SWE Corey Weir wrote on the eve of the ratification vote on the RankandFile.ca work site. “Tomorrow we will have to revoke this and take a stand against any provisional agreement that opposes a fundamental principle of unionism – equal pay for equal work. It`s time to draw that line in the sand and keep it. The reasons given by a number of workers were mixed in Oakville: some saw a “yes” vote as an act of solidarity with Windsor workers (encouraged by management); some feared the closure of the plant, for lack of future work, if they rejected it; some appreciated the benefits of the agreement. On the other hand, there has been a lot of commentary in the newspapers of workers who were against two classes and the new pension plan. But the potential for a new chapter is still there: the rejection of the agreement on Ford`s largest workplace and Unifor`s largest self-local; The nature of the arguments put forward by those who opposed it and voted against it; the germs of the organization that is developing in Oshawa – all go in the direction of a possible new life for collective resistance to the current regime in the car.