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Tuesday 20 October 2020

Union leader Jerry Dias on Canadian EV production: “We’re on the cusp of leading globally”

Unifor national president Jerry Dias says that the electric vehicle production won for Ford’s Oakville assembly plant in the union’s recent negotiations, slated to begin in 2025, was originally earmarked for Mexico.

What made the difference in bringing that production to Canada, he says, is government cooperation and willingness to put forward the necessary investment.

“I haven’t seen this element of cooperation between the federal and provincial governments ever like this that I’m witnessing today,” Dias told Electric Autonomy Canada in an exclusive video interview recorded late last week after Unifor doubled up on the Ford news with a contract deal with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) that includes a $1.3-to-$1.5-billion investment to bring a plug-in hybrid and/or electric vehicle to the company’s Windsor facility.

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