October 21, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Windsor, CT – Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Canadian factories have ratified a new four-year contract, the Unifor union said Oct. 16. Unifor said 70% of its members voted to approve the deal.
The agreement, which covers about 9,750 workers—most at the plant in Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit—will give them two 2% raises, their first pay increases in 10 years, and about C$12,000 (about $9,130) in bonuses. Unifor President Jerry Dias called the talks “very difficult,” because Fiat Chrysler resisted following the General Motors contract union members ratified last month. “We reached the objective, which was a pattern,” he said. The company also agreed to invest $325 million in a new paint shop at its Brampton, Ontario plant and $6.4 million to upgrade its casting plant in Etobicoke, and promised to give jobs in Brampton to about 150 workers being laid off in Etobicoke. Unifor is now beginning negotiations with Ford, and has set a deadline of Oct. 31 to reach a deal. Read more