Unifor auto workers' contract with Ford set to expire as U.S. strikes continue

WATCH: Unifor National President Lana Payne said Monday evening that a deal has still not been reached between the union representing 5,600 Ford workers and the automaker. “We are not where we need to be,” she said, adding that the consequences of a strike would be severe with all Ford employees walking off the job.

Unifor says the likelihood of a strike at Ford Motor Co. is increasing as the expiry of the current contract approaches without a deal in place.

In a late afternoon Monday update, the union said it was telling its 5,600 members at Ford to be ready for all scenarios, including strike action, when the contract expires at the end of the day.

“Unifor bargaining committees continue to negotiate with Ford Motor Company ahead of the union’s midnight strike deadline,” said Unifor national president Lana Payne in a statement.

“While we remain at the table, the likelihood of a strike increases with each passing hour.”

Unifor has said it is focused on increasing wages, improving pensions, and securing good jobs in a future set to be dominated by electric vehicles.

The union is negotiating with Ford in hopes of reaching an agreement that can then be used as a blueprint for workers at General Motors and Stellantis.

Unifor members at Ford have voted 98.9 per cent in favour of a strike if the bargaining committee fails to secure a new collective agreement.

The talks continue as autoworkers represented by the United Auto Workers in the United States are on the picket line.

Some 13,000 U.S. autoworkers started striking last week, targeting a plant at each of the Detroit Three automakers.

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