Canada’s Auto Workers Authorize Strike Against Detroit Three

Canadian autoworkers represented by Unifor have authorized strike action against all Detroit Three automakers “if a fair and reasonable settlement is not reached before the September 19thdeadline,” announced Unifor Sunday night.

“With this clear mandate our members have demonstrated they are in full support of their bargaining committees, and our direction in this set of negotiations. The bargaining committee will not accept a deal without a commitment to investment in Canada’s auto sector,” said Unifor National PresidentJerry Dias.

According to Unifor, Fiat Chrysler workers voted 99.0 percent in favor of strike action, Ford Motor Company employees voted 98.9 percent in favor, and General Motors workers — who arguably havethe most to lose in this round of labor negotiations — voted 97.1 percent in favor.

Strike authorization is not a new tactic used by Unifor in its negotiations with the Detroit Three. In 2012, almost four years ago to the day of Sunday’s strike authorization, Canadian Auto Workers union members voted overwhelmingly in favor to give bargaining committees permission to call a strike.

Labor negotiations began between Unifor and General Motors on August 10th, followed by Ford and FCA on August 11th.