Mid-April appears to be the earliest that most North America production could resume, but the deaths of at least six UAW members at Ford and FCA in the United States underscore the worries many workers have about returning to the factory floor. In Canada, the union Unifor remains skeptical about a return to production.
The automaker is working to pare inventory of the Jeep Cherokee and other vehicles, including minivans built in Ontario, after attempting to unload excess inventory on U.S. dealers with incentives that rose to as much as US$3,000 by late December.
The UAW said it secured an additional US$4.5 billion in investments from the company but released no other details. A council made up of officers from union locals representing FCA workers must approve the proposed four-year pact before it's presented to members for ratification. The council will review the agreement on Wednesday