Round two of auto talks between Unifor and the Detroit Three in Canada starts Monday with Fiat-Chrysler going on the hot seat.
Talks are set to begin after workers at General Motors accepted their new contract.
The deal was approved by 64.7 per cent of the union members in Woodstock, Oshawa and St. Catharines who work at General Motors.
Unifor president Jerry Dias hailed the contract as “historic” and the best deal the union has struck with one of the auto giants in the past decade.
It will be used as the template for talks with Fiat-Chrysler and Ford.
The now approved deal includes a $554-million investment in GM’s Canadian operations, a two per cent wage increase this year plus another two per cent hike in September 2019.
Unifor made investment in Canadian operations one of their priorities going into talks.
While GM agreed to invest hundreds of millions, the automaker and the union are counting heavily on the provincial and federal governments getting involved.
The agreement also includes a signing bonus worth $6,000 plus lump sum bonuses of $2,000 in each of the next three years for most employees.