Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Unifor on Wednesday night agreed to a tentative three-year labor contract, averting a strike with minutes to go.
In an news conference Thursday Unifor said investments stemming from the tentative deal include:
- At least CND$1.3 billion ($981 million) to be invested in FCA’s Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant.
- New plug-in and/or all-electric vehicle or vehicles to be built in Windsor.
- Three derivatives of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger and Charger, which are built in Brampton, Ontario. Unifor Presdeint Jerry Dias called them “top hats” for the nameplates.
The company confirmed the tentative agreement without providing details. "FCA Canada confirms that the Company has reached a tentative agreement with Unifor on a new contract," an FCA Canada statement said. "Further details will be provided at a later date."
The contract needs to be ratified by unionized FCA Canada workers in order to take effect. Virtual ratification votes will begin on Sunday. Unifor represents about 8,400 FCA workers, according to the automaker.
In the talks, Unifor sought new production for the FCA Windsor minivan plant and Brampton assembly plant.
FCA recently cut the third shift in Windsor amid slumping sales in the minivan segment, costing about 1,500 workers their jobs. The union wants at least one new product to build alongside the minivans to potentially bring some of those jobs back. The plant currently assembles the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans, as well as the Chrysler Grand Caravan for the Canadian market.