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This website will serve as Unifor’s official source of information for all Local 88 members at CAMI during negotiations with General Motors.

Campaign Update

Unifor Local 88 Bargaining Report

1/17/2021 -

For today's Local 88 ratification meeting please download the comprehensive bargaining report below.

Local 88 Bargaining Report

GM-CAMI Bargaining Update #3

1/15/2021 -

Unifor Local 88’s bargaining committee, representing workers at the CAMI Assembly Plant reached a tentative agreement with General Motors today that includes a $1 billion investment to build Canada's first all-electric commercial vehicle. 

Read Unifor's media release about the tentative agreement here.

GM-CAMI Bargaining Update #2

1/14/2021 -

Unifor Local 88 members,

Your Master Bargaining Committee continues to make progress in our negotiations with General motors, meeting throughout the day yesterday, overnight and well in to the morning. Please note that the Committee has set an internal deadline for today Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. to reach a tentative settlement with the company.

Your patience is greatly appreciated, particularly as the union continues to work under the expanded public health restrictions recently introduced by the Ontario government.

If a tentative settlement is reached, we will inform the membership as soon as possible.

Please be prepared for an online ratification/information meeting scheduled for Sunday January 17, 2021. Further information about Sunday’s meeting will be sent directly to members as well as instructions on the online voting process and registration, so please continue to monitor your email and this website.

The meeting will be held using the online meeting platform Zoom. We encourage all members to download the app in advance of the meeting if you have not done so already. If participating via smartphone, Android users can download the app here and Apple iOS users can download the app here..

Please stay tuned for further updates and stay safe.

In Solidarity,

Your Master Bargaining Committee

GM-CAMI Bargaining Update #1

1/11/2021 -

Unifor Local 88 members,

As all members are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a significant public health threat. New and heightened public health restrictions have compelled us to transform the way our union bargains with General Motors and how we will hold our upcoming ratification meeting. The circumstances are far from ideal.

After weeks of preparation and planning meetings over the holidays, we opened formal negotiations with General Motors on January 4, 2021. Your Unifor Local 88 Master Bargaining Committee continues to meet with the company in compliance with federal and provincial guidelines this week. All members will receive updates on negotiations as well as any additional details of our union’s plans for a virtual ratification meeting as they become available. Though we remain far apart on several key issues our Master Bargaining Committee is hard at work to reach a negotiated settlement with the company.

If a tentative agreement is reached, members should be prepared to participate in an online ratification meeting. More details will follow and your patience throughout this process is greatly appreciated. Participating in an online ratification meeting may not be new to all members, but it will come with its own set of technical hurdles and limitations. Local 88 representatives followed the Detroit 3 negotiations in the fall very closely and carefully observed how locals dealt with these challenges. We are confident that this is the best way to include the most members possible in the process. Priority for the ratification meeting will be given to active members only and retiree participation will be limited to Executive Board members of the Retiree Chapter. Under normal circumstances, all members would be welcome to an in-person meeting. But these circumstances are far from normal.

Members will receive more information about the progress of negotiations and details of the ratification meeting as they become available. Please stay tuned and stay safe.

In Solidarity,

Your Master Bargaining Committee