A brief 20-hour strike by workers at supplier Nexteer Automotive caused parts shortages at two separate Fiat Chrysler plants, The Detroit News reports.
Fiat Chrysler was forced to shorten the first shifts at its Toledo Assembly plant in Ohio and Brampton Assembly plant in Ontario Wednesday as a result of the parts shortage. The Toledo facility is responsible for producing the Jeep Cherokee, while Brampton builds the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300.
Employees of Nexteer, which supplies rack-assist electronic power steering systems for the Ram 1500, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, among other models, walked off the job Tuesday after workers voted down a tentative agreement with the company by 97 percent. UAW Local 699, which represents Nexteer’s 3,900-plus employees, reached a new tentative agreement with the supplier late Tuesday, potentially averting costly factory shutdowns.
The supplier isn’t out of the woods yet, as the union still has to ratify the new agreement. Another strike at the company could spell more problems for Fiat Chrysler and other customers of Nexteer, which include General Motors, Ford, BMW, Toyota and Volkswagen.