Canadian labor union Unifor called off a brief strike that began early on Monday after reaching a tentative agreement with Stellantis over a new labor contract covering more than 8,200 union workers. The news comes only a few days after the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced that they had struck a tentative agreement with the automaker.
The union initiated strikes at all Stellantis facilities across Canada as negotiations had stopped despite the expiration of a strike deadline on Sunday midnight.
Unifor said it sought higher wages, job upgrades, and a better work-life balance. However, the main focus of the union was for the support of its current members amid the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in the country.
“A tentative agreement has been reached with Stellantis ending strike action at all Unifor facilities,” Unifor said in an email statement, without disclosing any more details.
“I am very proud of the negotiating teams and thankful for their commitment and focused effort in reaching a tentative agreement with Unifor,” Stellantis North America COO, Mark Stewart, said on Monday. “Once ratified, this agreement will reward our 8,000 represented employees and protect the long-term health of our Canadian operations. Out of respect for the bargaining process, we will refrain from commenting until the ratification process is complete.”