Canadian Fiat Chrysler employees represented by labor union Unifor have voted in favour of a four-year contract agreement that will see new products allocated to FCA’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant.
The new contract, which also includes $12,000 in bonuses spread over four years, was ratified Sunday night. Unifor said 70.1% of workers who voted were in favour of the contract proposal.
“This agreement represents an investment in our Canadian workforce,” Unifor President Jerry Dias said in a prepared statement. “With the bargaining process now complete, the company and our employees look forward to continuing to build world class products and achieving the targets set out in our five-year business plan.”
“Further details about our investment plans will be announced at the appropriate time,” Dias added.
The biggest talking point of the negotiations was FCA’s Brampton plant, which needed a completely overhauled paint shop area in order to remain up-to-date. FCA agreed to invest $325 million CDN in the paint shop – effectively securing the jobs of the 3,300 hourly workers employed there.
Unifor has now successfully negotiated deals with both General Motors and FCA. The labor union will now target Ford in its contract talks, the final automaker in this round of negotiations. Unifor has set a strike deadline of October 31st and plans to begin negotiations on October 18th.