A worker strike at a seating supply plant could slow production of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
The 1,000 unionized workers at Windsor, Ontario based supplier Integram Seating rejected a contract proposal Sunday, starting a strike at the plant. The company provides seats to Fiat Chrysler’s nearby Windsor Assembly Plant, which produces the 2017 Pacifica and the Dodge Grand Caravan.
Employees at Windsor Assembly are currently off work due to a parts shortage brought on by a fire at a Magneti Marelli plant in Tennessee. Magneti Marelli, a subsidiary of FCA, supplies headlamps and taillights to the Canadian minivan plant. It’s not clear if the Integram strike could spark further delays at the facility.
In addition to FCA, Integram also supplies seats to General Motors’ Ingersoll Assembly plant, which builds the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers. Unifor 444 president Dino Chiodo told The Windsor Star he expected GM to be forced to close its plants within hours of the strike announcement.