TORONTO – Unifor`s Master Bargaining Committee has reached an interim agreement for 9,000 members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to avoid a midnight strike at its Canadian plants in Windsor, Brampton, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Montreal and Red Deer. Details of the interim agreement will first be presented to Unifor members at a series of virtual ratification meetings this weekend and members will vote on whether to adopt it over a 24-hour period, starting Sunday at 10 a.m. FCA Canada stated that the new agreement builds on the company`s commitment to develop its Canadian production sites. The new agreement follows a historic model agreement reached last month with the Ford Motor Company and includes a five percent hourly rate increase, a $7,250 signing bonus, $4,000 inflation bonuses, pay parity with Ford workers, improved benefits, rolling bonuses and the re-establishment of the 20 percent wage gap for crafts. For media requests or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom or Skype, please contact Unifore`s Communications Director, Natalie Clancy, at Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or 416-707-5794 (cell). FCA Canada continues to employ more people and build more vehicles than any national automaker. The new agreement affects more than 8,400 Unifor manufacturing employees across the country. A major federal and provincial investment to bring electric vehicle production to Oakville in the Oakville Assembly project helped safeguard the Unifor/Ford agreement. It is not clear what the government might be prepared to do with respect to the ACF, but Dias had suggested that discussions had taken place. Journalists who wish to participate by telephone in the Question and Answer section of the press conference must register by 8:45 a.m.m. Thursday by email Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you correspondence information. According to the union, the agreement also affects fire and safety workers at the Windsor plant, as well as about 60 office and office workers.
The company confirmed the interim agreement. „FCA Canada confirms that the company has reached a preliminary agreement with Unifor for a new contract,“ he said in a statement from FCA Canada.