Automakers typically idle assembly plants for weeks during the summer and winter for retooling. Rob Wildeboer, who heads supplier Martinrea International Inc., said automakers could look into moving those weeks up to "weather the storm" of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Unifor President Jerry Dias said FCA never approached him or Unifor with a proposition similar to the one GM alleges FCA agreed to with the UAW. He said FCA would not “even think about” doing so because of the union’s culture. “The bottom line is we bargain hard,” Dias said.
Unifor President Jerry Dias holds out hope that GM will assemble vehicles again at its Oshawa, Ontario, plant. In the meantime, the union and city prepare for the factory's shift to stamping parts and testing connected-vehicle technology.