Fiat-Chrysler and Unifor reach tentative agreement

Toronto – A tentative agreement has been reached between Fiat-Chrysler’s Canadian operations and Unifor.

Union president Jerry Dias announced the deal just minutes before a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday night.

He said the four-year agreement includes a commitment from Fiat-Chrysler to spend $325 million to rebuild the paint shop at the automaker’s assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, and to build a hybrid vehicle at its facility in Windsor, Ontario.

Dias said the agreement matches the economic pattern established in a contract signed with General Motors last month.

The GM deal included investment commitments, a two per cent wage increases in years one and four, a $6,000 ratification bonus, $2,000 lump sums payments in year two, three and four and benefit improvements.

Dias said the agreement followed what he called “one very difficult set of negotiations.”

Fiat-Chrysler workers will vote on the tentative agreement on Sunday, and Unifor said if approved, Unifor would immediately hold talks with Ford.

Fiat-Chrysler employs 9,750 workers at assembly plants in Brampton and Windsor as well as at a casting plant in Toronto.

The Canadian Press

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