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Unifor set strike deadline for FCA

by Bill Cawthon on

As Allpar reported earlier, Unifor, the Canadian counterpart to the UAW, has chosen FCA for the next round of bargaining. Reuters has now said that the union has set a tentative strike deadline of midnight on Monday, October 10.


The union also said that talks would begin immediately since the new contract with General Motors has been ratified. The GM agreement includes a 2% wage increase this year and a second 2% bump in September, 2019. Workers will also get a $6,000 signing bonus, and most employees will also receive annual lump-sum bonuses of $2,000 for the next three years; most importantly, product has been guaranteed for the Oshawa plant. Unifor will be looking for a similar deal with FCA, but will probably have to settle for smaller bonuses.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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