Sometimes, it's the little things in life that matter.
Just ask Unifor Local 444 members, who will soon have air conditioned washrooms at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Windsor assembly plant.
It’s a small improvement the union won for the roughly 6,000 hourly unionized employees during contract negotiations with the automaker.
It’s a win that was highlighted in an information packet distributed during a ratification vote in the mid-October.
“I know that may sound crazy, butI’m telling you, when the bathrooms are at the top [of the factory] and you have to go up the stairs, they’re 150 degrees,” Unifor Local 444 President and master bargaining committee chair Dino Chiodo said.
The factory opened in 1928 and started producing minivans in 1983.
Even though the Windsor plant was retooled earlier this year, at a cost of about $2 billion, the factory’s walls and roof are a mix of old and new structures, blended and hemmed together by contractors and construction projects over the years.
The washrooms in one portion of the body shop, often the hottest part of the plant, are on the second floor and are not air conditioned.
“They’re all going to have air conditioners,” Chiodo said of all washrooms at Windsor assembly plant. “That was a
Especially in Canada’s most humid city.
The company is also not able to use line downtime against any heat relief owed to the membership based on heat relief guidelines in the collective bargaining agreement.