It can be said that this treaty symbolizes the end of the era of the refreshing and pioneering leadership of the CAW in the fight against neoliberalism in the labour movement and in the workplace. The era, which began with the challenge of concessions, bonuses, free trade and the effects of lean production, ended with an agreement that lags behind the UAW, which « directs » the introduction of defined benefit pensions and locks it into the two-tier staff. « 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 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. National and local leaders are calling on Members of the Ford Motor Company to vote in favour of the agreement. Ratification meetings are being held today to discuss the details of the interim agreement. The results of the ratification vote will be published on Monday 28 September. The treaty was ratified by 58% – a very low figure. In addition, the Oakville plant — the largest local association — rejected it with 55-45%.
There was about 70%. The problem was the ratification vote in Windsor – a 90% turnout, where the ratification vote received 89% of the vote. Clearly, the leaders told the Windsor workers that without a « yes » they would not get the new investment. 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. Learning the legacy of resistance, struggle, internal struggles within the Union and the role of the Socialists – which dates back to the 1930s – is a key element in building on the real frustration and anger of today`s young workers. On Friday, January 17, 2020, Local 1329 members held a special meeting to ratify the interim agreement and voted in favour of the agreement. The agreement is now submitted to the City Council for review and approval. All union members are informed if copies of the agreement are available. A copy of the agreement will also be published on the website.
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. We chose this idea so that we could inform our residents, businesses and the media that the city is not ready to participate in the negotiations. We have also chosen to show management that when we begin conciliation on January 8 and 9, 2020, we will agree with our members and are ready to stick together until a new treaty is signed. Holidays for 2020: The 2020 Town Hall calendar is as follows: But as of October 31, Unifor residents have reached an interim agreement with Ford on the basis of the model.