FCA's Large Cars to Ride on As Supplier Strike Ends

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
fca s large cars to ride on as supplier strike ends

Car building will soon fire up again at Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant after employees at a just-in-time seat supplier called of their week-long strike. Late Friday, workers at Lear Ajax ratified a four-year wage contract with their employer.

Brampton Assembly, which builds the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger, cancelled both shifts on Thursday after exhausting its limited seat supply. The new agreement between Lear and its Ajax workforce not only keeps seats flowing to FCA, it also keeps Lear from closing its doors for good.

The supplier’s workers overwhelmingly rejected an earlier contract offer, after which the company sent a letter to union leadership claiming it planned to close the plant. Lear Ajax previously turned out the lights in 2009, only to re-open the following year.

According to Unifor Local 222 President Colin James, the closure threat wasn’t a bargaining tactic. Lear did plan to pull the plug if workers rejected the second offer, James told Automotive News Canada. Go figure, the membership voted 72 percent in favor. The supplier’s employees did win out in the agreement, however, gaining a 15 percent wage increase over the length of the contract, plus a productivity bonus and retirement incentive.

“This was a difficult negotiation but in the end the bargaining committee and the company were able to come to an agreement that provides gains for the workers and keeps these good paying manufacturing jobs in Ajax,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias in a statement.

With business as usual returning to Lear, the same should occur at Brampton this coming week.

Exceptionally long in the tooth, FCA’s rear-drive cars (its only cars, really) are expected to soldier on until a delayed platform swap occurs in 2021. Knowing the automaker, that timeline could change. Originally, FCA planned to move its LX platform cars onto Alfa architecture by 2019.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Dividebytube Dividebytube on May 07, 2018

    I've decided to give in to the LX platform, a 6-speed manual Challenger R/T will be my next ride. I've never had a Chrysler product before but I'm interested in the RWD/large car segment, and with no B-Bodies and the age of the Panthers, where is there left to go?

  • Fenwayy Fenwayy on May 07, 2018

    They should get incentives for making more of those great"S" model seats. GOLD !!

  • Bullnuke Well, production cuts may be due to transport-to-market issues. The MV Fremantle Highway is in a Rotterdam shipyard undergoing repairs from the last shipment of VW products (along with BMW and others) and to adequately fireproof it. The word in the shipping community is that insurance necessary for ships moving EVs is under serious review.
  • Frank Wait until the gov't subsidies end, you aint seen nothing yet. Ive been "on the floor" when they pulled them for fuel efficient vehicles back during/after the recession and the sales of those cars stopped dead in their tracks
  • Vulpine The issue is really stupidly simple; both names can be taken the wrong way by those who enjoy abusing language. Implying a certain piece of anatomy is a sign of juvenile idiocy which is what triggered the original name-change. The problem was not caused by the company but rather by those who continuously ridiculed the original name for the purpose of VERY low-brow humor.
  • Sgeffe There's someone around where I live who has a recent WRX-STi, but the few times I've been behind this guy, he's always driving right at the underposted arbitrary numbers that some politician pulled out of their backside and slapped on a sign! With no gendarmes or schoolkids present! Haven't been behind this driver on the freeway, but my guess is that he does the left lane police thing with the best of 'em!What's the point of buying such a vehicle if you're never going to exceed a speed limit? (And I've pondered that whilst in line in the left lane at 63mph behind a couple of Accord V6s, as well as an AMG E-Klasse!)
  • Mebgardner I'm not the market for a malleable Tuner / Track model, so I dont know: If you are considering a purchase of one of these, do you consider the Insurance Cost Of Ownership aspect? Or just screw it, I'm gonna buy it no matter.The WRX is at the top of the Insurance Cost pole for tuner models, is why I ask.