FCA, Unifor Reach Agreement on New Deal, Averting Strike

  • FCA, Unifor Reach Agreement on New Deal, Averting Strike

FCA, Unifor Reach Agreement on New Deal, Averting Strike

The Windsor plant now employs over 4,600 workers, FCA employs over 9,000 in the province and Unifor has over 20,000 auto industry members in Canada.

The auto union said FCA would invest in a state-of-the-art vehicle platform that will enable the assembly of plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, with at least one new model in 2025.

"The lion's share of (the investment) will be coming from Fiat Chrysler", Dias said.

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has committed to a multi-year investment in assembling electric vehicles in Canada and to add up to 2,000 new jobs, a union representing some of the carmaker's workers announced Thursday.

Securing new investment and vehicle production has been a priority for Unifor during the recent labour talks with the Detroit Three auto companies.

Unifor reached a new labor deal with Ford Motor Co. last month, which also secured a almost $1.5 billion investment in two plants and a commitment to build electric cars at a plant near Toronto.

Dias said there are three new products in the works, which are expected to lead to the recall of more than 100 workers. That investment by Ford was supported by $590 million in funding from the federal and Ontario governments.

Unifor has reached a tentative agreement for 9000 members @FiatChrysler_NA averting strike at plants in Windsor, Brampton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Montreal, & Red Deer.

"With this investment and as vehicles start to roll off the assembly line in 2024, our third shift will be back and we expect that the total jobs will rise to over 2,000 more in the community in Windsor", said Dias. "I urge members to support this settlement", said James Stewart, Unifor's FCA Master Bargaining Committee Chair.

Unifor members are scheduled to vote on the agreement on Sunday.

Before the Wednesday night deadline, Unifor had warned members to prepare for a strike, saying talks had bogged down on issues related to wages, health-care benefits and investment commitments at the Canadian factories.

FCA Canada said only that it has reached a tentative agreement with Unifor on a new contract.

Brampton needs more than the Challenger to sustain it over the long term, and a crossover on a minivan platform would make sense for Windsor, given other changes to Fiat's lineup, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Unifor will then turn its attention to negotiation with GM, the last the Big Three OEMs.