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Canadians approve contract

by Bill Cawthon on

Unifor members approved three new four-year contracts with FCA Canada on Sunday.


According to Canadian union Unifor, the production and maintenance agreement passed with 70% of the total vote. Nearly 82% of the office, clerical, and engineering group voted in favor of their new deal. The security, fire, and emergency services agreement won in a 91% landslide.

The new contract includes C$331 million (US$251.5 million) in investments. $325 million is earmarked for rebuild of the Brampton paint shop; C$6.4 million (US$4.9 million) will go to upgrades at the Etobicoke Casting Plant.

Workers will receive a $6,000 signing bonus as well as $2,000 bonuses in the second, third and fourth years of the contract. There will also be two 2% pay increases over the life of the contract and new hires will see more money with changes to the progression program, which is similar to the two-tier in the U.S.

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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