FCA Bracing For Strike As Deadline With Canada’s Unifor Union Is Tonight

Marco Green
October 17, 2020

The three-year collective agreement must now be voted on and approved by workers.

Unifor president Jerry Dias says between $1.35 and $1.5 billion will go into Windsor Assembly Plant that will stabilize the operation.

Under the deal, Fiat Chrysler's investment would outfit the factory to assemble plug-in hybrids and battery-powered vehicles, with at least one new model in 2025, he added.

Ford narrowly avoided a strike from Canada's Unifor union and now negotiations with FCA are down to the wire.

Unifor plans to launch talks with General Motors next week to renew their deal.

Dias says it's the best economic agreement they've put together in 20 to 25 years.

This would be a blow to the automaker as it would shutter both the Brampton and Windsor assembly plants.

"This platform will have the ability to build multiple vehicles", he said, adding that it can "turn on a dime based on consumer demands".

Unifor also said it expects to extend the life of the Chrysler 300, a rear-wheel-drive luxury auto and introduce multiple derivatives of the Dodge Charger and Challenger. Etobicoke Casting will see more work in-sourced for the high volume Jeep Wrangler, 9-speed transmissions and potentially other products, leading to the recall of more than 100 members.

Dias said a different "derivative" or "top hat" of its vehicles will be made in Brampton every year of the three-year agreement.

The union said on Wednesday that negotiations had continued through the Thanksgiving weekend, as Fiat Chrysler challenged elements of the union's agreement with Ford, including wages and health-care benefits.

Ratification meetings for the FCA deal will happen over the weekend, and members will vote on whether to accept the agreement on Sunday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government and the province of Ontario announced last week investments of Can$295 million each in a Ford factory billed as the largest electric vehicle plant in North America.

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