GM is eager to begin assembly of the EV600 as part of its new BrightDrop commercial EV business, which was unveiled during CES last week. FedEx Express will be the first customer for the electric van, with GM planning to build 500 units.
Unifor said 85 percent of members who voted did so in favor of the contract. The deal includes a $1 billion investment in the automaker's Oshawa assembly plant. The GM ratification wraps up 2020 auto bargaining between Unifor and the Detroit 3 automakers.
Unifor President Jerry Dias said he has been in contact with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and various ministries in both governments. “I believe everyone certainly wants to be a part of the solution,” he said.
Unifor leaders urged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers to ratify a tentative contract that includes pay raises, changes to the new-hire pay grid and plans from the automaker to invest between $1 billion and $1.1 billion in its Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant.