FCA up in next round of bargaining

Unifor President Jerry Dias addresses the public during a press conference at the Unifor Local 444 office in Windsor, January 8, 2018. (Photo by Allanah Wills)

Unifor is targeting FCA Canada in the next round of automotive bargaining.

At a news conference Tuesday, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said he will be looking for investments for the Windsor Assembly Plant from FCA during negotiations.

“We know we need at least one vehicle, probably two, in order to bring back the third shift so that will be our priority in our negotiations with Chrysler,” said Dias.

The third shift at the Windsor Assembly Plant was cancelled in July laying off around 1,500 employees.

The two sides are expected to meet at the bargaining table on Monday, September 28. About two weeks have been set aside for negotiations but an official strike deadline has not been set.

“We need product here in Windsor and we need investment and until we get investment with dates and times we won’t have a deal in Windsor and our members know that,” said Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy, who represents workers at the Windsor Assembly Plant.

The union reached a tentative three-year agreement with Ford Motor Company on Tuesday. The agreement with Ford Motor Company will be used to set the pattern for wages and benefits in the agreement with FCA.