Canada’s largest private sector union Unifor has announced it has selected Ford Motor Company as the target automaker in its negotiations with the Detroit Three.

Both UAW and Unifor recently voted ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of authorising a strike mandate as the deadline for a new contract proposal looms. Contracts for both unions are set to expire on 14 September.

Unifor National President Lana Payne said: “Ford was selected as the target because we believe that the company is in the best position to reach an agreement that delivers on the needs of our members and sets a strong pattern for Canada’s auto industry.  

“These negotiations are about reaching an agreement that reflects the historic nature of the transition to electric vehicle manufacturing. That means setting the highest possible standards that protect the livelihoods and job security of all autoworkers now and in the future.”

Unifor represents 5,680 Ford members at the Oakville Assembly Plant, Annex Engine Plant, Essex Engine Plant, Bramalea and Paris Parts Distribution Centres, Casselman Parts Distribution Centre, Edmonton Parts Distribution Centre, and office and clerical workers in Windsor and Bramalea.

John D’Agnolo, Unifor Ford Master Bargaining Chair said: “Our membership is united behind us to negotiate a framework for improved pensions, wages, and issues related to the EV transition.”