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Unifor Updates
January 24, 2021


ratify historic
with Ford
Motor Comp


Ottawa says
governments offering
$500M to bring
electric vehicle
production to Ford’s
Oakville plant


Ford Bargaining
Update #4
September 15, 2020


Ford as

Update #3
Sept 6, 2020


Jerry Dias
talks targets,
strategy and
the future
of Canadian


Ford Announces
that the Bramalea
Parts Warehouse
will close


Update #2
Aug 17, 2020


between Unifor &
Detroit Three
auto makers

Jerry Dias:
Pandemic won't
'alter our


Ford of Canada
Windsor Site
Surpasses One
Million Face
Shields Produced


Future of Ford
Edge, and
Canadian plant
where it's
built, in


& services


In Tribute:
& Teaches


Local 584
May 2020


Retiree Harry
Passes Away
March 23, 2020


GM and Ford
N.A. plants
to shutter
thru March 30

Detroit Car
Makers will
close Plants
Due to Virus

Detroit 3
Task Force


GSC Update:
The latest
info on the
and travel


Frank Marek
Passes Away
Feb 1, 2020


Geunthger Gahs
Passes Away
Jan 12, 2020


Regina Co-op
Picket Line
Jan 2020


Toys for
the Peel
Aid Society




Ford Collective
Nov 7, 2016


Ford Health
Care Benefit
Nov 2016


Ford Life &


Ford Pension
Booklet 2016


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Unifor Local 584
Reports for
November 8, 2020
Zoom meeting

Chairperson's Report - Nov 2020
Minutes from last Membership Meeting Feb 2020
Financial Report - 2020
President's Report - Nov 2020
Correspondence - Nov 2020
Benefit Report - Nov 8, 2020
Education Report - Nov 8, 2020
Health & Safety Report - Nov 8, 2020
Human Rights Report - Nov 8, 2020
Recreation Report - Nov 8, 2020
Social Services Report - Feb to Nov 2020
Women's Committee Report - Nov 8, 2020
Retiree Chairs Report - Nov 8, 2020



Congratulations to our
2020 Retirees
John Smyth
Nov 1, 2020
25.3 yrs
Chahn Kong
Sept 1, 2020
26.2 yrs
Ken Leach
Sept 1, 2020
31.9 yrs
Celsa Camannong
Sept 1, 2020
23.9 yrs
Michelle Sewell
Sept 1, 2020
31.2 yrs
Ken Donaldson
Aug 1, 2020
23 Yrs
Greg Siekierko
Aug 1, 2020
31 Yrs
Rob Eastwood
Aug 1, 2020
33 Yrs
Chris Scott
July 1, 2020
31.1 yrs




Brothers and Sisters,

We would like to take this opportunity and thank the members of Local 584 who supported us during this difficult round of negotiations. Never have we ever seen a company so determined to take back what we have fought hard for over the many years here at Local 584. Although we were successful in getting them to back down from their demands, we cannot allow ourselves to get comfortable and complacent but instead must prepare ourselves for the challenges that are we going to face with them again going into the new facilities.

There is still a lot of work to be done around the current maintenance classification, our overtime process, and getting information on what the future classifications and work schedules will look like in the new facilities. Most importantly is our determination in making sure we establish local transfer language that will allow our members an opportunity to return to the GTA if that opportunity arises. With the support from the National Union along with the positive discussions we had in Toronto, we are very optimistic that there will also be incentives for our members to retire in order to lesson the impact and allow more people to stay in the GTA.

When any information becomes available on these topics, we will make sure to update and notify the membership right away. Once again, we thank-you for your ongoing support, and look forward to the same support moving ahead!

In solidarity,

Gary Rumboldt- Local 584 Chairperson

Sandy Knight- Local 584 President


Unifor members ratify
historic agreement with
Ford Motor Company

Ratification vote 81%
BPDC  84%

September 28, 2020

TORONTO—Unifor members working at Ford Motor Company voted 81% in favour of a new three year collective agreements that include $1.95 billion in investments to bring battery electric vehicle (BEV) production to Oakville and a new engine derivative to Windsor, along with other significant gains.

“This is the single biggest investment in the Canadian auto industry in years providing long-term job security for Unifor members,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “The vote result not only demonstrates our members’ overwhelming support for their bargaining committees and their new collective agreement, but also shows Unifor members have a clear vision of a strong and prosperous Canadian auto sector.”

Highlights of the deal include $1.8 billion to retool and build new battery electric vehicles in Oakville, including a crossover utility vehicle (CUV), and $148 million for Windsor powertrain facilities. Ford has committed to source new 6.X L engines to the Windsor Engine Plant and sole source 5.0L engine assembly and current component machining to the Essex Engine plant, along with any derivatives.

“This agreement is perfect timing and positions our members at the forefront of the electric vehicle transformation, as the Oakville plant will be a key BEV supplier to the North American and European Union markets,” said Dias.

The union also negotiated a five per cent wage increase over the life of the agreement, along with a four per cent lump sum, a productivity and quality bonus of $7,250, inflation protection bonuses and major changes to the New Hire Program, including an 8-year wage grid, and re-instatement of afternoon and midnight shift premiums.

A 20 per cent wage differential has also been re-instated for skilled trades workers and many improvements to benefits have been negotiated along with paid domestic violence leave and a racial “justice advocate.

“We went into bargaining with two major priorities, to secure new product allocation and make progress on wages and working conditions for our members, and I think it’s safe to say we hit a home run on both fronts,” said John D’Agnolo, Chair of the Master Bargaining Committee.  “We want to thank the bargaining team, our local leadership, and the members who showed unwavering solidarity through some very intense weeks of bargaining.”

Talks with Fiat Chrysler begin later this week. A digital media kit can be found on this website.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


Unifor Ford 2020 Tentative
Agreement Summary

Get brochure here:

Ford Bargaining Brochure September 2020

Local 584 Bargaining Report


Local 584 Members

Unifor and Ford have reached a tentative agreement. Jerry Diaz held a press conference today at 11am and held a question and answer session but refused to give details until the membership was told first. The ratification meeting and vote will take place this Sunday (Sept. 27th). Time yet to be determined. The company Simply Voting will send an email with the link to watch the ratification meeting and times. They will also resend a pin code to vote, and I assume a time sensitive PDF file with all the highlights of the new collective agreement.

Thanks to our bargaining committees for their tireless fight to get to this agreement.

I would like to also thank our leadership and membership for their support during these negotiations.

In Solidarity

Paul Friesen


UNIFOR Local 584

office: 905-454-6080  cell: 416-358-0277




January 24, 2021


Unifor negotiates battery electric vehicle production for GM’s Cami plant, join the push for paid sick days, Unifor stands up for airline workers, members discuss cultural safety training on anti-Indigenous racism webinar, Newfoundland and Labrador goes to the polls and Jerry Dias urges action on building transit vehicles.



There is still time to register to participate in Unifor's Vigil for COVID heroes today at 6pm ET on Zoom.



We can win paid sick days for all! Make the call today to demand sick days for all workers in Ontario.



Unifor Local 88's newly ratified collective agreement with General Motors will  transform the CAMI Assembly Plant into Canada’s first mass-market producer of electric commercial vans.


Air Canada's decision to suspend Jazz flights to Yellowknife, Kamloops, Gander and Goose Bay regional airports is one more blow to remote communities already suffering from the current crisis in the airlines industry.


Porter Airlines uses the pandemic as an excuse to terminate health care coverage and stop paying workers on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for its furloughed workers.


In an Education Department webinar, Unifor members discussed cultural safety training and other tactics for combating anti-Indigenous racism in the health care system.


Pledge to vote in the NL election and see how parties can ensure good jobs for all, and support for key industries.


Bombardier Thunder Bay is at risk of closure with a new offshore owner and an empty order book. This crisis could be solved with funding for TTC streetcars needed in Toronto.





Unifor continues negotiations with VIA Rail over concessions against Council 4000 members, to move Via off estoppel notices.




Unifor has been calling for paid sick days since the beginning of the pandemic, read our media release from March 2020.



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Bargaining Update #5


Unifor members,

This is to advise that National President Jerry Dias’ news conference scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET yesterday has been moved to 11:00 a.m. today, Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Negotiations continued to with Ford Motor Company in advance of the bargaining deadline set for 11:59 p.m.last night.

The Unifor Local and Master Bargaining Committees are working diligently to achieve the union’s priority items, with talks over the past number of days starting very early in the morning and ending late into the night. 

Despite some progress on various items, the union and company continue to focus talks on the key areas, including on job security, wages, benefits and pensions, among others.

We intend to issue another update to members on the status of talks at some point later this afternoon or evening.

Members at Ford Motor Company facilities shall continue to work their assigned shifts until the union provides further notice.

Please be sure to visit for official bargaining updates and information.


Gary Rumboldt walking to raise money
for the Halton Womens Shelter, Sept.19th


Ford Bargaining Update #4


Unifor members,

On September 8, 2020, National President Jerry Dias selected Ford Motor Company as the target Company to lead negotiations across the Detroit 3 automakers. It is the Union’s intent to reach a settlement with Ford that will set the pattern for wages, benefits, pensions, and other working conditions for autoworkers across Canada.

Following discussions with each of the automakers in the week preceding the target selection, we determined that on critical matters such as future investment and collective agreement improvements, Ford’s vision most closely aligned with our own. The Union believes that negotiating with Ford first gives us the best chance to address our bargaining agenda and our vision for the industry.

Negotiations between the Union and Ford have proceeded well since Labour Day, with early progress made at the local committee tables, sub-committee tables and master tables.

Despite this encouraging progress, the Union and Company remain far apart on many key matters. This includes compensation and various workplace issues. The Union is also committed to locking in needed investment and job security measures that will be a cornerstone to any final deal. The Company and Union formally tabled their first comprehensive economic offers, which highlight many fundamental differences and challenges to be resolved. 

The week ahead

Bargaining will continue over the course of the next week, with both Union and Company representatives planning to meet as frequently as possible. Committees will work diligently to resolve all outstanding matters and in an attempt to reach a tentative settlement prior to the deadline that is set for 11:59 p.m. on Monday September 21.

Members can expect another bargaining update sent in advance of the deadline that will provide a status check on talks. Members can also expect to receive information from their local Union in regards to strike preparation as well as information related to ratification meetings. This is to help prepare members for either outcome. Be sure to contact your local Union representative for further information.

In accordance with public health rules, ratification meetings will operate differently this year as compared to prior years. Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to follow your local Union’s instructions on how to register for these meetings and enable yourself to vote on the tentative settlement.   

Unifor promoting racial justice

Those who watched the Union’s strike target announcement on September 8 would have seen National President Jerry Dias, National Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne, and the Chairs of the Ford, GM and FCA Master Bargaining Committees, wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts.

At the news conference, Jerry spoke passionately about the need for Unifor to use every platform it has to champion racial justice. There are few platforms with a higher profile in Canada than Detroit 3 bargaining.

It is important to remember that collective bargaining does not exist in a vacuum. It has a direct influence on the workplace, but also on the broader community.  Unifor believes in being a social union – a union that provides support to its members, and all workers, whenever they need it. When workers who are racialized face discrimination, oppression, and struggle for equality – our union will stand with them, in solidarity, and fight for change.

During this round of auto talks, the Unifor Master Bargaining Committees are committed to advancing racial justice, through education, awareness, and by breaking down barriers to racialized communities in the workplace.

The Union will continue to report on progress of talks with members over the coming week, and will relay as much information on the status of talks as possible. Our objective is to be as open and transparent with members as possible, without undermining the integrity of the bargaining process. Please stay tuned for further updates.


Unifor’s Jerry Dias talks targets, strategy
and the future
of Canadian assembly

September 4, 2020

Unifor Jerry Dias discusses his union’s plan as it embarks on the latest round of contract talks with the Detroit Three. He also talks about how USMCA
and a low-flying loonie
might benefit his union this round.

Click for Audio



Unifor members at
Detroit 3 give bargaining committees strong
strike mandate

For more information click here



Ford Announces that
the Bramalea Parts
Warehouse will close!

Little information is presently available but it looks like they will be moving to two warehouses, one in Toronto West and another in Eastern Ontario (Possibly the Ottawa area).

Hopefully No employees will be displaced and
will have the opportunity to transfer to either location.

Click here for the company notice issued on August 28, 2020

Ford replacing huge Ontario distribution center with two new ones

Automotive News
Greg Layson
August 29, 2020

“In order to improve customer satisfaction and expedite parts delivery time to dealers, Ford will be opening a new parts depot in Eastern Ontario and a new location west of Toronto to continue servicing Canada’s most heavily populated region,” Ford Canada spokeswoman Rose Pao told Automotive News Canada in an email. “As a result of the two new locations in Ontario, Ford will no longer operate out of the current Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre once the new locations open.”

The Bramalea National Parts Depot opened  on Aug. 1, 1964, after operating in several other locations through the Greater Toronto Area beginning in the 1940s.

The Bramalea site is 900,000 square feet — or 83,600 square metres — in size and employs about 200 people, Pao said.

News of the closure comes as the Detroit Three and Unifor prepare for contract talks. Local bargaining, including with Unifor Local 584 in Bramalea, is already underway.

“We are currently at the collective bargaining table with Unifor. We will continue to have dialogue with Unifor on our plan, including employment-related details," Pao said when asked whether the current employees will be able to transfer.

When the facility opened in 1964, it took on 49 transfers from Windsor, Ont., according to the union’s website.

Ford Canada hasn’t yet decided on the location of the two new facilities.

“We are in the process of determining the new sites now, so it is too early to provide timing,” Pao said. “We anticipate this transition to take place over the next few years.”

Pao couldn’t say whether the new locations will be built from scratch or located in existing buildings.

Unifor Local 584 officials weren’t immediately available for comment.




Unifor Members in Ford
Bargaining Units.

Sunday August 30, 2020 from
12:01 am – 11:59 pm

More Info Click here


Ford Broncos on display
at Ford Headquarters
in Oakville

Local 584 President Sandy
Knight with the 2021 Bronco

Local 584 Plant Chair Gary
Rumboldt with the 1976 Bronco




Local 584
July 25, 2020

1. Presidents Report - Sandy Knight

2. Inplant Report - Gary Rumboldt

3. Health & Safety - Jeff Hillier



Novel Coronavirus
(COVID-19) Information

Unifor COVID-19 Updates - Here

The Government of Ontario list of
essential workplaces and services
- Here

Green Shield Update on Travel - March 24, 2020 - Here

GSC Update: The latest info on the coronavirus and travel implications

Approved disinfectant list: Top brands on the EPA’s registered disinfectant list

Self-assessment: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Unifor Virus Fact Sheet: Facts Sheet Download

Please remember to always wash your hands!

Hand Washing video



Local 584
May 2020

1. Presidents Report - Sandy Knight

2. Inplant Report - Gary Rumboldt

3. Health & Safety - Jeff Hillier

4. Benefit Report - Claudio Parise

5. Human Rights - Committee Report

6. Education Report - Brad Mayberry



Local 584 Helping
Covid19 Heroes

To date Unifor Local 200, Windsor has made 228,143 face shields that are going directly to our frontline Covid19 Heroes. These pictures are of Unifor local 548 members preparing to ship the face shields from the Bramalea depot. Thank you to all involved and making all of us so proud.

Afternoons are Tracey Lauzon, Rob
Broughton and Katie James

Dave Champagne, Brandy Lafortune, Charron
Stoodley and Michelle Hilts for the day shift

Sister Knight is seen here getting a thermal
scan before entering the Depot

Thank you Brother Brian Lauzon of Local 584
for making headbands from his 3D printer. Ford
| Bramalea donated 150 shields for the headbands
and all were donated to Ableliving
communities throughout the GTA.





WE RAISED     $825.05









Next Meeting:

June Meeting

Cancelled due to
COVID-19 Virus

The safety of our members
is of uptmost importance

Lion's Hall
45 Avondale Blvd.


The next meeting will be posted when
the virus situation is resolved.



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Membership meetings are held at 10 am,
the second Sunday of every month
(except July, August & December)

The meetings take place at:
Spot One,
289 Rutherford Rd South
 Brampton, ON L6W 3R9




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