A group of workers and Canadian Auto Workers union officials ended their occupation of a Chrysler LLC parts factory in Windsor, Ontario, defusing a standoff that threatened production at the automakers North American assembly plants.
The workers and union officials, who had welded doors shut at the Aradco Management ULC factory to prevent Chrysler from removing its tools, ended their occupation Wednesday after Chrysler got an injunction in a Toronto court ordering them to leave. The factory made engine mounts and other products for Chrysler, which is now moving its tools to another supplier in Windsor.
Negotiations between Chrysler and Aradcos parent company, Catalina Precision Products Inc., broke down last week. On March 9, the workers were told not to report to work. Their dispute was over severance pay.
Gerry Farnham, president of CAW Local 195 in Windsor, which represented the Aradco workers, said: We received $400,000 from Chrysler. That makes up in essence about 8 weeks pay for the workers.
Farnham said Aradco owes the workers an additional $1.3 million. He says his workers were caught in the middle of a dispute between Chrysler and Aradco.
Its a shame we had to do this just to get our money, he said.
Dave Domzal, attorney for Catalina, said his clients were excluded from any discussions between Chrysler and the union.
All the tooling has been pulled, he said. Theyve left us with bunch of inventory and receivables.
Catalinas goal, he said, is to assert claims against Chrysler and resolve those claims with financial payment.