/R E P E A T -- Unifor schedules briefings as GM deadline approaches/

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - As the deadline approaches in Unifor's negotiations with General Motors, the union has set up a workroom for media members and scheduled regular briefings to provide updates.

"We will continue to work around the clock and are optimistic that a deal can be reached before the deadline, however investment and product must part of any agreement," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "A strike should be no surprise; we have been clear since day one that the future of auto is our priority."

The deadline for negotiations with GM is Monday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. If GM does not offer investment and product to secure good jobs in Canada by the set deadline, Unifor members at the GM Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock plants will set up picket lines. Other key priorities in the negotiations include: improvements to the new hire program, wage increases and payments for a targeted group of retirees.

For members of the media covering the talks, Unifor has booked the Wentworth Room at the Sheraton Hotel on September 19 and 20. There will be tables and power bars for those needing a place to work.




Scheduled media briefings on Unifor and GM negotiations


Monday, September 19               


Briefings reports are planned for 4 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight as needed. As required, the union may also provide briefings at other times.


Along with being livestreamed via Periscope, all briefings will take place in the Wentworth Room at the Sheraton Centre at 123 Queen Street West in Toronto.


Regular updates will also be announced on Twitter via @AutoTalks16. For further information and background on negotiations please visit: www.unifor.org/autotalks16.

Unifor represents 23,050 members that work at all the Detroit Three companies, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford and GM. In negotiations with GM there are 4,000 Unifor members in Oshawa, St. Catharines and Woodstock. Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.


For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Director Denise Hammond at Denise.Hammond@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-707-5794.

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