Unifor has received and rejected two “economic” offers from Ford Motor Co. of Canada, union President Lana Payne told members Thursday, as contract talks bear down on the Sept. 18 expiry of the two parties’ current deal.
“Those offers did not come close to meeting our expectations,” she said at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, where bargaining has been under way since Aug. 10.
The union is “meeting resistance” from Ford on several priority issues, Payne added, including pension and wage improvements for members. She did not disclose details of the offers, and said the union has no plans to publicize specifics until the bargaining committee has a tentative agreement to take to members.
While considerable distance remains between the two sides, Payne said, “talks have by no means stalled” and there is “constructive dialogue” in certain areas.