The Canadian autoworkers union Unifor is pivoting to negotiate with General Motors Co. after its members ratified a historic contract with Ford Motor Co. on Sunday.

Unifor chose GM over Stellantis NV, maker of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, for its next set of contract talks, which are set to resume Tuesday. Unifor President Lana Payne in a video message said the union currently has more leverage over the Detroit automaker than it does its crosstown rival to bring the pattern set at Ford to its other autoworker members.

Unifor President Lana Payne: One contract down, two to go.

“We’ve got an incredibly strong pattern agreement at Ford that will serve us well over the coming years,” she said. “Our job now is to negotiate that pattern in the form of a renewal collective agreement with General Motors and Stellantis.”

In a statement sent by GM spokesperson Jennifer Wright, the automaker said it welcomes the resumption of negotiations to reach a tentative agreement: “We look forward to working with our Unifor partners to build a competitive future that also recognizes our employees’ contributions to our shared success.”


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