EbeneNews – CA – Unifor and FCA reach tentative agreement

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    Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy is the primary negotiator for workers at FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant, where the top priority was to secure a second product to build alongside the Pacifica van and return to a three-shift operation

    « It’s been long weeks, » Cassidy said in a video posted Thursday to Local 444’s Facebook page shortly after midnight. « I am happy to announce that we have an agreement in principle Thank you to the members for all the support you have shown us during this period »

    While details of the tentative deal were not immediately released, Cassidy called it « a lot »

    A statement on the union’s national website says union president Jerry Dias will hold a virtual Toronto press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday to provide more information

    About 1,375 jobs were lost and more than 500 workers were laid off indefinitely due to the cancellation of the third shift at the Windsor Assembly Some 700 workers agreed to a buyout package of the company

    Unifor represents 9,000 employees at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Canada and was also seeking a new product for FCA’s Brampton plant, where the Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 are produced, as well as an investment in the the company’s casting plant in Etobicoke

    Unifor began negotiations with FCA Canada on October 1 in Toronto, following the ratification of a three-year deal negotiated with Ford Canada that set the model for negotiation in Detroit 3

    Among the highlights of the deal with Ford locally was $ 148 million in new investment in Windsor for the 6X engine that will go into production in 2022, with a third shift and around 120 jobs. added to Ford’s Annex engine plant

    The deal will also see the construction of five new electric vehicles at Ford’s Oakville plant

    The salary grid for new hires has been reduced by three years from the 11 it used to take to reach the top level and new hires start at 65% of the top salaries in the industry. assembly – against 6125 percent

    Workers will receive a 2 5% salary increase and bonus of $ 7,250 in the first year At the end of the transaction, the salary grid will start at $ 24 26 and increase to $ 37 33 Currently the grid is $ 20 92 to $ 35 33

    Skilled trades (based on an electrician’s salary) will see an increase from a base of $ 41 88 to $ 44 77 over the course of the deal

    Current employees will also benefit from inflation protections in the form of bonuses of $ 2,000 each of years two and three of the contract

    The 5% and 10% shift premiums for afternoon and midnight shifts have been reinstated, as has the traditional 20% pay gap between skilled trades and production workers

    Right before the start of the talks, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said a new product and investment in Canadian factories would be the price to pay for labor peace

    « There is no doubt that this is exactly what needs to happen, » Dias said when asked if all contract settlements with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford and General Motors should contain product commitments for companies to avoid possible strikes

    Unifor staged a strike-a-vote on Aug. 31 in which FCA workers voted 984% in favor of granting a strike mandate to Unifor negotiators

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    EbeneNews – CA – Unifor and FCA reach tentative agreement


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