GM workers in Canada approve deal; Chrysler workers will vote this weekend

Sep 28, 2012

21,000 unionized auto workers in Canada are another step closer to job stability until at least 2016.

Last night, union workers at General Motors plants in Canada approved a collective bargaining agreement between the Canadian Auto Workers and the auto company.

Ford workers in Canada approved their deal earlier this week. And Chrysler workers will vote this weekend.

CBC News in Windsor reports on what these deals mean:

The deals mean labour peace in the Canadian auto industry until at least 2016.

Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said the goal now is to make sure there's new investment to keep auto manufacturing alive in Canada. Francis doesn't even want to think about losing Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, where the automaker builds its popular minivans.

"Their plant and footprint is very significant to the community," Francis said.

However, Chrysler made no new investment part of the latest contract and the minivan is not guaranteed a makeover during the next four years.

There's been uncertainty about the future of the Windsor Assembly Plant since Chrysler announced they would end production of the Town and Country minivan.

The Windsor Star reports the agreement with Chrysler will secure "three-shift operation" at the plant.

The Canadian Auto Workers union represents around 21,000 workers in the country.