Canadian labor union Unifor has set a tentative strike deadline of midnight on October 10th for its negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, Reuters reports.
Unifor announced late last week it would look to enter talks with FCA next after reaching a tentative agreement with General Motors Tuesday. Unifor said the midnight deadline would stand as long as FCA entered negotiations “immediately,” after the union ratified its contract with GM Sunday.
“Should the tentative agreement not be approved by the membership … the union will move towards an immediate strike position,” union spokeswoman Denise Hammond said in a statement.
The union, which represents about 10,000 FCA employees in Canada, will use its successful contract negotiations with GM to help it ratify deals with FCA and Ford. Union president Jerry Dias said last week he was “comfortable,” he could reach a deal with FCA and Ford if he was able to successfully negotiate with GM.
Unifor’s GM deal will see the automaker move a new product to its Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario and also move some engine production to St. Catharines, Ontario. The agreement will also introduce wage increases for existing employees and new hires and signing bonuses.