According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford's Canadian employees have ratified their union contract, making Chrysler the only automaker to not have worked out an agreement with its Canadian workforce. Employees from Ford of Canada voted 82 percent in favor of a new national contract following a weekend's worth of voting.

There are 21,000 Canadian Auto Workers union members, 4,500 of which are from Ford. While General Motors workers are set to ratify a new contract on Wednesday, Chrysler has made no such progress with its staffers.

CAW President Ken Lewenza (shown above) says that a Chrysler deal could come soon, "If they meet pattern, we could wrap up tomorrow," suggesting that Chrysler could follow the lead of Ford and GM's deals. However, the Fiat-owned automaker has reportedly made stronger demands for concessions than that of GM or Ford.

According to the report, the agreement with Ford includes the addition of 635 jobs over the life of the contract, to be filled mostly with previously laid-off employees. 583 workers were laid off from the Windsor plant, while another 280 were released from St. Thomas.

Plans to keep producing engines such as the Windsor-built 5.4-liter V8 engine and the 6.8-liter V8 have helped bolster the deal. Meanwhile, Ford is set to announce that its EcoBoost engine will be built in China because the nation's government has rules requiring domestic production.


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      Roger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Words can't describe how intelligent that guy in the picture looks.
      Uriah Boguslavsky
      • 2 Years Ago
      UAW here in the US is behind Obama; what they fail to realize is that the majority of conservatives drive the products they build. Liberal democrats (Obama voters) tend to prefer imports. This is an actual study conducted by R.L. Polk & Co. Since the UAW is behind Obama, perhaps conservatives should consider an American-assembled non-UAW car if he wins. There are plenty to choose from.
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        @Uriah Boguslavsky
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        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        The ignorance there is amazing but without even getting into it - if unions destroy countries they have been doing a slow as hell job of it.
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford and the Unions are working well together, good deals in both the US and Canada. Going to be real nice to see the Fusion built at Flat Rock starting next year.
      bk
      • 2 Years Ago
      pattern this a hole. Different companies, different needs.