Dias and Windsor Local 200 president Chris Taylor would not reveal whether employment would increase or decrease as a result of the deal. "Ford is a major employer in our region and news of a significant investment in the Windsor operation speaks volumes about Ford's confidence in our local workforce and the City of Windsor".
Dias said the "overwhelming majority" of that investment will go to one of its two engine plants in Windsor, Ont.
The voting process on the new deal is expected to begin on the weekend.
It's hoped Unifor can continue a pattern of deals previously reached with General Motors and Fiat Crysler, which saw increased investment in local plants and wage hikes.
Opposition to the pattern deal bubbled over among members of the Oakville union, which represents 5,000 hourly workers. "I think Jerry Dias deserves the applause and thanks and voting support of his membership".
Negotiations between the Canadian auto workers union and Ford Motor Co. have been "painfully slow", according to the Unifor union.
Unifor officials said Ford plans to discontinue the Flex in 2020, which corresponds with the automaker's increased investment in its Oakville, Ontario, plant, where the Flex is now built along with the Edge, Lincoln MKX and MKT models.
Dave Thomas, president of Unifor Local 707 in Oakville, had told his members that the pattern established in earlier agreements with General Motors of Canada Co. and FCA Canada Inc.
Brad Duguid, Ontario's minister of economic development, said it wasn't long ago that experts were predicting that the province would lose assembly and engine plants. Everybody has different views but this is a good thing for Windsor.
"The stars were all aligned", Dias said. Instead, the deal signed at GM gm and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV fcau shifted some raises earlier in the 10-year progression, and offered $12,000 in bonuses over four years.
For the most up to date information, please visit Ford-Unifor Talks. Dias summed up this strategy at this morning's press conference, commenting, "We are going to need governments to realize the role they have to play" in "consolidating the footprint" of the auto industry in Canada. But starting wages were frozen until employees had worked at least three years. It provides workers who have not had a wage increase in a decade with total wage increases of just 4 percent, which will amount to a cut in real wages due to inflation.
Ford employee Norm Russette comments on a new, four-year deal with Ford at the Essex Engine Plant in Windsor on November 1, 2016.
Unifor officials said they could not yet give details of Ford's agreed-upon investment there, or discuss worker benefits of the agreement before speaking with the union rank-and-file. Oakville is the only plant where those vehicles are assembled. Ford's vehicle assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, produces the Ford Edge and Flex and the Lincoln MKX and MKT.