New EV platform for Windsor
Three new variants for Brampton Assembly
Reaching a tentative agreement right at the deadline, Unifor National President Jerry Dias has announced that the union has made a deal with FCA that would see significant investment including a new vehicle platform to be built at the Windsor plant and bringing back jobs to plants in Windsor and Etobicoke.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was the second automaker for this round of contract talks with the union, following Ford. Like Ford’s now-ratified agreement, this tentative deal includes electric vehicles down the road. Dias said that there would be an investment of up to $1.5 billion for Windsor and additional, smaller investments for Brampton Assembly and Etobicoke Casting.
That big investment will see a third shift readded to the Windsor plant starting in 2023 or 2024, and it will bring a new vehicle platform to the site. In addition to Pacifica and Voyager/Grand Caravan, a new flexible platform that Dias said will support EV or possibly PHEV models. It allows for the production of pickups, crossovers, or cars based on market demand will see full production in early 2024. 2,000 jobs over current numbers at the plant are expected to be added. Dias called it a “home run for the community of Windsor.”
At Brampton, Dias said the tentative agreement would include three new “top hat” derivative models. Think new buzz-generating versions along the line of the Hellcat of their current lineup which includes the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger. Related to this, FCA’s Etobicoke Casting plant will see workers recalled and possible new jobs to support three new products in its manufacturing work.
Full details of the tentative contract will be presented to Unifor members, who will then vote to accept or reject the deal. The contract will use the one reached with Ford Oakville as a framework to cover raises, healthcare, and other benefits to members.