Fiat Chrysler entered negotiations with Canadian labor union Unifor Thursday, which represents about 40,000 Canadian employees of the Big Three and associated suppliers.
Unifor is looking to secure jobs at FCA’s Brampton Assembly Plant and Etobicoke Casting Plant. The union is also hoping to retain jobs at Ford’s Windsor engine plant and General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly plant with the negotiations.
The future of the Brampton plant is up in the air as it builds the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, vehicles that haven’t received a major update in nearly a decade. The Etobicoke facility, meanwhile, provides castings for the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 – both of which will go out of production before year’s end.
FCA released a statement yesterday prior to the start of negotiations.
“FCA Canada has a long-standing history of working collaboratively with Unifor, which has helped strengthen our position in the Canadian market since 2009,” the statement read. “As a result, FCA has been able to invest more than $3 billion in its Canadian facilities and has hired nearly 2,200 hourly employees. As we head into these negotiations, we look forward to continuing that partnership while reaching a labour agreement that will sustain the company’s competitiveness over the long term.”
Unifor’s contract with FCA, Ford and GM will expire at 11:59 p.m. on September 19th. Unifor will pick one of the three company’s for lead negotiations on September 6th, with that company getting the opportunity to shape a deal before discussions with the other two.