Unifor pushes pattern bargaining for auto parts

New task force looks to standardize wages, benefits
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/19/2015

Unifor is driving a new tactic at the bargaining table in the auto parts sector.

Though pattern bargaining has been applied successfully during negotiations at the Big Three (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler) in the past, it has never been applied as successfully or to the same magnitude in the auto parts sector.

This time around, Unifor has enlisted its auto parts sector director Fergo Berto to helm a task force to look at pattern bargaining across the auto parts industry. Such a model would include standardizing provisions pertaining to wages, employment conditions, recall rights, wage progression schedules and the like.