WINDSOR, Ont. -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada has cancelled Saturday minivan production in Windsor, Ont., because a strike at a nearby supplier has created a parts shortage, according to media reports.
About 300 striking Unifor members at ZF-TRW assemble shocks, struts, springs and rear suspensions for FCA, which builds the Chrysler Pacifica in Windsor.
“FCA is monitoring the status of negotiations between a modular supplier in Windsor and Unifor,” company spokeswoman Lou Ann Gosselin told The Star on Friday. “(FCA) is assessing production schedules at its Windsor Assembly Plant on a shift-by-shift basis.”
In the United States, FCA had a 74-day supply of the Pacifica on hand on March 1, higher than levels considered ideal. The plant also builds the Dodge Caravan, which had a 23-day supply. Days of supply isn't publicly reported in Canada.
Unifor executives were not available for comment. FCA Canada didn’t respond to calls or emails placed by Automotive News Canada.
The union and management at four suppliers, including ZF-TRW, reached tentative agreements earlier this week. But, while employees at Avancez Assembly, Dakkota Integrated Systems, and HBPO Canada Inc. ratified a pattern agreement, employees at ZF-TRW rejected the deal. Only 38 per cent of members who cast ballots voted in favour of the deal, Unifor Local 444 said on its official Facebook page.
“The [ratification] meeting went well,” Unifor Local 444 President Jamie Stewart told The Star. “I think it was a good agreement. We had two of the suppliers at 80 per cent, and the others (HBPO and ZF-TRW) at 50 or below.
“That tells me there might be workplace issues at those two plants the workers are not happy with, and the way they see it is higher wages can help address that.”
Stewart told the paper “no talks are scheduled, and there is no interest right now.”
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan are assembled during three daily shifts at the 89-year-old factory. The plant, which now employs nearly 6,000 people, began building minivans in 1983. It’s the automaker’s only plant that produces minivans and churns out about 1,400 vehicles a day.