October 28th, 2020

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


By The Canadian Press on October 15, 2020.

Jacqueline Oliva, head of human resources for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Canada, sits opposite Jerry Dias, President of the Unifor union, at the start of formal contract talks with the Detroit Three automakers, Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Unifor says it has reached a tentative agreement for 9,000 workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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

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

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.

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 on Wednesday that 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.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2020.

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