Unifor President Jerry Dias said Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant is an example of a factory where workers are particularly concerned because the city borders Detroit, which is among the cities hardest hit by the pandemic.
Unifor President Jerry Dias says his union will "give the green light" to start production in early May. His comments come after UAW President Rory Gamble said it would be "too risky" for workers and their families if auto plants restarted early in the month.
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.