Newspaper article The Canadian Press

GM Workers Accept Tentative Agreement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

GM Workers Accept Tentative Agreement

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GM workers accept tentative agreement

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TORONTO - Unionized workers at General Motors have accepted a new contract with the auto giant.

Unifor, which represents the workers, says 64.7 per cent of the members who cast ballots voted in favour of the contract.

The agreement hammered out last week includes a two per cent wage increase this year and another two per cent increase in September, 2019.

There is also a $6,000 signing bonus plus lump sum bonuses of $2,000 in each of the next three years to most employees.

The deal also includes improvements to benefits, hiring practices and a commitment by GM to invest $554-million in its Canadian operations.

Unifor President Jerry Dias says it's the best deal the union has obtained with one of the auto giants in the past decade.

"The gains made in this agreement are historic and more than what has been achieved in the past ten years," Dias said in a statement. …

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