Ford tells meeting union demand for Windsor investment will be a challenge

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Satisfying the need by Unifor that Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. invest in its engine plant in Windsor, Ont., will be a “challenge,” business authorities state on the eve of settlements on a new contract with the union that represents 6,400 employees.

Presently, the auto maker does not have a brand-new engine to designate to the Windsor Engine Plant, the authorities stated. The Windsor Engine Plant is one of 2 Ford Motor Co. engine plants in the city and is on the threatened list without any brand-new financial investment slated to be made there and new fuel economy and emissions regulations positioning a hazard to the 6.8-litre engines assembled at the plant. Nevertheless, the Essex Engine Plant, likewise in Windsor, was resumed with new financial investment.

Unifor president Jerry Dias has actually made new investment in the Canadian operations of the Detroit Three the vital need in talks on a new contract that are set up to begin next month. The contracts end in mid-September.

Unifor represents about 1,400 individuals at the two plants in Windsor. About 250 are on layoff.

The settlements on a brand-new contract with the Ford, General Motors Co., and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are the first set of talks where Mr. Dias has actually taken part as president of Unifor. The union was formed in 2013 with the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

Auto makers made investment of $18-billion in 2014 in North America, only $1-billion of that was spent in Canada, the Ford official stated.

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