Unifor has publicly revealed what it wants most from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles during 2020 contract negotiations, which are set to begin in late summer.
Local 444 took to Facebook to make its a No. 1 demand known and warned its members, who build Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravans in Windsor, Ont., they’re in for “a battle” and “a severe gut-check” come contract talks.
But money does not top the list of priorities.
“It is no secret that the most significant matter in 2020 bargaining is securing a new product(s) with language that guarantees the sustainability of our plant with the current employment levels, something we believe this company owes us,” wrote Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy, who represents about 4,500 workers at the minivan plant.
FCA has already told the union it will cut about 1,500 jobs in March when it will end the midnight shift of production there. Meanwhile, a sedan plant in Brampton, Ont., is under-utilized, building the aging Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.
“Bargaining will not be easy and will require a severe gut-check by all our members,” Cassidy warned. “There will be positions taken and lines drawn in the sand to define our worth.”
FCA Canada couldn't immediately be reached for comment.