Canadian Ford workers accept contract
General Motors to vote on agreement Wednesday, Thursday
Canadian auto workers at Ford have voted to accept the new contract that their union leadership negotiated last week.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said Sunday 82 percent of its Ford members accepted the deal. The union did not indicate how many of its 4,500 workers at Ford cast ballots.
The union leadership also reached an agreement with GM last week. GM workers are set to vote on the tentative agreement Wednesday and Thursday.
Talks continue with Chrysler. The union wants Chrysler to match the deals they have reached with Ford and GM.
The Ford and GM contacts cut wages for new hires and freezes pay for current workers. But it also gives them lump-sum payments to cover inflation and for ratifying the deal.