FCA shortens shifts at Canada minivan plant to adjust inventory

Unifor, FCA execs to meet as union aims to save jobs at minivan plant

Fiat Chrysler executives and Unifor leadership will meet up with on Wednesday, approximately 3 weeks right after the automaker claimed it would do away with just one of 3 shifts at its Windsor, Ont., assembly plant.

FCA ideas to lower the 3rd shift at Windsor Assembly, which builds the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, by Sept. 30 in the wake of softening North American minivan revenue. The move would eradicate about 1,500 work.

Unifor spokeswoman Kathleen O’Keefe verified the Wednesday conference. FCA Canada spokeswoman Lou Ann Gosselin informed Automotive Information Canada that she “can’t comment on inside small business conferences.”

It is not crystal clear which FCA executives would attend the assembly.

Unifor President Jerry Dias and other union leaders have been important of FCA’s selection and stated they will insist that the automaker assign new manufacturing to the plant. Unifor Community 444 President Dave Cassidy said in the course of a March 28 push meeting that if FCA decides to add a new merchandise to its lineup, “you’re going to build it in Windsor.”

“Give us no matter what they want, we will make it,” he explained.

Cassidy could not be attained for comment on Monday. Messages remaining for Dias and Dino Chiodo, Unifor’s automotive director, were not returned.

The plant at the moment employs about 6,000 employees and has for several years operated on a few shifts, six days for each 7 days, manufacturing about 1,500 automobiles for each working day at full ability. Softening minivan sales have transformed FCA’s strategies, on the other hand. Pacifica’s U.S. sales declined 29 p.c all through the very first quarter to 23,274 models, when Grand Caravan revenue fell 18 per cent to 35,440 deliveries.

Staff returned to the assembly line on Monday following a two-7 days shutdown.

GM talks

Unifor has also in the latest months been engaged in negotiations with Typical Motors relating to the future of its Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant. GM designs to conclusion manufacturing at the plant by year’s stop. 

Earlier this month, Unifor Local 222 President Colin James advised Automotive News Canada that the union predicted to listen to back from GM by April 12 about its proposal to save some employment at the plant. It was not apparent if the union had heard from GM on the make any difference. O’Keefe, the Unifor spokeswoman, reported the union is not “commenting on GM whilst negotiations keep on.”

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