Unifor and General Motors of Canada have reached a tentative contract agreement averting a possible strike with a settlement that includes wage increases.
The settlement was announced about half an hour past the Monday night deadline of 11:59 pm eastern.
A key point in the negotiations is the union’s request to secure more work for the 4,000 GM employees it represents in Ontario.
Unifor president Jerry Dias says the union negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars of investment for the plant in Oshawa and there is no longer a fear it will be closed in 2019.
He said the facility, which employs 2,500 unionized workers, has a bright future.
Dias also said the tentative agreement will see some product coming from Mexico to the plant in St. Catharines.
He did not however offer specific details, but said the union achieved its objectives and has a fair deal based on the economic times.
The union, which represents about 23,000 auto workers in Canada, selected GM as its target company in the opening round of contract discussions with the so-called Detroit Three automakers.
Unifor said any deal reached with GM would serve as a template for negotiations with the other two automakers, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.
Members of the union voted last month in favour of strike action.