Tentative deal reached between Magna-Integram and Unifor

Unifor Local 444 president Dave Cassidy, right, with other union representatives during bargaining with Magna-Integram, November 4, 2020. Photo courtesy Unifor Local 444/Twitter.

A strike has been averted at a Windsor-Essex automotive seat manufacturer.

A tentative agreement was reached early Thursday morning between Magna-Integram Windsor Seating (IWS) and Unifor Local 444, which represents about 800 workers. The union announced the agreement on its Twitter account.

The current contract had been set to expire at midnight Wednesday, but union officials said late Wednesday that they were making progress and would keep hammering out a deal.

“We are continuing to work past the deadline in our ongoing efforts to bring back a contract our members deserve,” read the tweet. “Thank you for the continued support. We will keep you posted.”

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but benefits and wages were reported to be the two main issues. A ratification vote is scheduled for Sunday.

Magna-IWS produces car seats solely for Fiat-Chrysler minivans that are built at the Windsor Assembly Plant. The supply plant is located on Patillo Road in Lakeshore.