Canadian Manufacturing

Unifor reaches tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Union went into negotiations with concerns about restoring the third shift at FCA's Windsor and Brampton facilities

October 15, 2020  The Canadian Press

The FCA US Windsor Assembly Plant builds the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Grand Caravan on the same assembly line. PHOTO: FCA

TORONTO — Unifor says it has reached a tentative agreement for 9,000 auto workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Canada.

The deal must now be voted on and approved by the workers.

Details were not immediately available.

The negotiations between Fiat Chrysler and Unifor came after the union reached a deal last month with Ford Motor Co., creating a template for talks with the other Detroit automakers.

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Unifor went into this year’s negotiations with concerns about restoring the third shift in Fiat Chrysler’s Windsor and Brampton, Ont., facilities.

The union said negotiations had continued through the Thanksgiving weekend, as Fiat Chrysler challenged elements of the union’s agreement with Ford, including wages and health-care benefits.

The deal with Ford included plans to produce electric vehicle batteries, alongside investments from both the federal and Ontario governments.