Fiat Chrysler union members prepare for possible strike – ICI.Radio-Canada.ca

Shawn Bezaire and other union workers at the Windsor plant are already putting together posters and banners, though they hope they never have to use them.

We are preparing to go on strike, but we really hope it will be for nothing.

Shawn Bezaire, strike leader for Unifor Local 444
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Shawn Bezaire of Local 444 will lead walkout efforts at the Windsor plant should the union go on strike.

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Having to organize a picket line amid the COVID-19 pandemic is all the more stressful , according to him.

We hope that FCA will follow the framework agreement negotiated with Ford and that new investments will be announced that will ensure our job security. , launches Mr. Bezaire.

In the face of falling sales of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the automaker laid off about a quarter of its workforce in Windsor this summer. The plant now has more than 4,600 workers, according to the company.

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Some 4,600 workers work at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Windsor, after the elimination of the third shift in July.

Photo: FCA Canada

The Unifor union wants new models built there, as well as the Brampton assembly plant, which has more than 3,000 employees.

Agreement historical with Ford Canada

Last month the union struck a nearly $ 2 billion deal with the Ford company. This agreement notably provides for the assembly of electric vehicles and the manufacture of their batteries at its Oakville plant.

The federal and Ontario governments announced last Thursday that they will each contribute $ 295 million to transform this suburban Toronto plant.

The new collective agreement ratified by Ford workers is to serve as a model for ongoing negotiations with Fiat Chrysler and, later, General Motors.

Union Local 444 wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that progress towards a deal remains very slow as the deadline approaches.

FCA continues to challenge key elements of the model agreement, including the issue of salaries, lump sums and health care benefits. The union continues to expect firm commitments in terms of products and investments in facilities, writes the union.

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Unifor National President Jerry Dias, accompanied by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ministers Navdeep Bains and Anita Anand, during the announcement last Thursday.

Photo: Radio-Canada

Unifor National President Jerry Dias will hold a virtual press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to provide an update on talks with FCA Canada. Workers will be able to call a strike from midnight to one if the two parties do not agree.

In a statement sent to Radio-Canada, the company said to itself committed to reaching an agreement where it will continue to invest for its future, as well as for its employees, their families and their communities.

FCA Canada is pleased to be able to advance our discussions with Unifor, says spokesperson LouAnn Gosselin.

With information from CBC News's Dale Molnar

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