(CTN News) – There was an early extension of a deadline in labor talks between a Canadian union and Ford in an effort to reach a contract agreement, even as the Detroit Three automakers still face a separate coordinated U.S. strike by the United Auto Workers union early on Tuesday.
Unifor, the union that represents about 5,600 Ford workers at three plants in the country, said after the contract expired at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday (0359 GMT on Tuesday) that it had received a “substantive offer” from the company and that it was extending the deadline for reaching an agreement by 24 hours.
Earlier in the evening, Unifor announced that bargaining with continuing throughout the night and that its members should continue to maintain strike readiness.
A request for comment from Ford was not immediately responded to.
As a union, Unifor has been advocating for improved wages and pensions as well as Ford’s commitment to invest more in electric vehicles and to support the transition to electric vehicles.
It was only hours earlier that Unifor National President Lana Payne said that Ford had to do more in order to meet members’ expectations and demands, in a video posted on the union’s website.
There will be a total strike if there is a strike,” she stated. If there is a strike, it will be a total strike. “Each and every one of Unifor’s 5,600 members who work at Ford in Canada will be on picket lines during the strike.”
Last-minute negotiations were taking place less than a week after the UAW, the United Auto Workers union, had launched a U.S. strike against Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler parent Stellantis, which targeted an assembly plant at each company.
If no serious progress is made with the Detroit Three automakers in talks, the UAW plans to announce on Friday more plants will be on strike.