- After reaching a tentative agreement Saturday with the United Auto Workers union, Stellantis, Chrysler’s parent company, now faces a national labor strike in Canada.
- New strikes in the Canadian province of Ontario affect two assembly plants that produce the Chrysler 300 sedan, the Pacifica minivan, the Dodge Challenger and the Charger.
Lana Payne celebrates on stage as Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, announces Lana Payne as its new president, replacing outgoing leader Gerry Dias in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 10, 2022.
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DETROIT — After reaching a tentative agreement Saturday with the United Auto Workers union, Stellantis, Chrysler’s parent company, faces a national labor strike in Canada.
Canadian Federation The Unitarians called for a national strike More than 8,200 auto industry workers were locked out early Monday morning after the two sides failed to reach a new agreement by 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
The Canadian work stoppage comes two days after Stellantis reached a tentative agreement for about 43,000 U.S. auto workers with the UAW after nearly six weeks of targeted strikes that began Sept. 16.
New strikes in the Canadian province of Ontario affect two large assembly plants that produce the Chrysler 300 sedan, the Pacifica minivan, the Dodge Challenger and the Charger.
The latest vehicles, produced at Stellantis’ Brampton Assembly Company, are particularly noteworthy, as the company is producing the final conventional V-8 models of Dodge’s muscle cars before production ceases at the end of the year.
The Canadian work stoppage comes nearly three weeks after Unifor launched a nearly 12-hour national strike against General Motors after the two sides failed to reach a tentative agreement by a deadline set by the union.
Unifor, which represents 18,000 Canadian workers at automakers in Detroit, took a more traditional approach to its negotiations than its American counterpart. The Canadian union is negotiating with each automaker individually and is using the agreement reached last month with Ford as a “model” for GM and Stellantis.
This traditional approach to bargaining runs counter to the UAW’s new strategy of bargaining with all three automakers simultaneously.
The UAW has gradually increased strikes since the work stoppage began after the two sides failed to reach tentative agreements by September 14. Targeted or “reserve” strikes are conducted instead of national strikes.
However, once the UAW reached a tentative agreement, which still must be ratified by members, Wednesday with Ford Motor Co., it used that deal as a model for proposals with Stellantis and GM.
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