December 19, 2020...7:32 am

Unifor Agreement With Fca

TORONTO — Unifor has reached a preliminary agreement for 9,000 fiat Chrysler Automobiles employees in Canada, an agreement that the union says is leading the automaker to invest $1.5 billion and add 2,000 jobs. The assignment will mark the return of the third layer to Windsor, which was cut this summer with 1,500 jobs after being introduced in 1993. After early retirement, 425 Windsor members remain fired, Dias said. The 4,464 hour staff is expected to grow by more than 2,000 people from 2023, with a 38-week start of the new platform. “I am very pleased to know that we now have a strategy in which everyone understands the importance of these critical jobs and what it means for long-term stability,” Unifor President Jerry Dias said at a press conference detailing the agreement. “This is an opportunity to tell young people that this is an area that is not stagnating. In fact, she`s growing up. After the workers have ratified a contract with Fiat Chrysler, Unifor will next week move to General Motors Co., its last automaker in negotiations. The contracts involve about 17,000 of the more than 19,000 auto workers in the three companies represented by the union in Detroit. “We have an aggressive agenda ahead of us,” Dias said of discussions with GM. “We`ve had ongoing discussions on the negotiations in 2020, and we`ll see where we land.” Dias said the southern Ontario plant will have two platforms, one for the Pacifica and Voyager minivans and a new platform that will be commercialized in 2024 with at least one plug-in or battery-powered hybrid electric vehicle. The new agreement follows the previously established model in the areas of economics and benefits.

A major federal and provincial investment to bring electric vehicle production to Oakville in the Oakville Assembly project helped safeguard the Unifor/Ford agreement. It is not clear what the government might be prepared to do with respect to the ACF, but Dias had suggested that discussions had taken place. GM`s contract includes engine and transmission workers in St. Catharines, Ontario, as well as the company`s new after-marketing parts operation at its former assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. GM`s CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, operates with a separate contract that expires in 2021. Other investments include $50 million for Brampton Assembly, which will introduce three new variants of the popular Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger Muscle Cars, in addition to the ongoing production of the Chrysler 300. The Etobicoke casting plant receives two new products for an investment of $14.4 million, an increase of 22 percent of employees. The CFA Transportation Service (FCAT) will also receive $14.3 million in equipment upgrades.

Dias called the preliminary deal with Fiat Chrysler “probably the best economic deal we`ve reached in 20 to 25 years,” and noted that it includes a significant signing bonus, salary increases and a return to job bonuses.