Negotiations 'Not Quite Where They Should Be' with FCA: Unifor

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Negotiations between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada "are not quite where they should be" with only days left before a strike deadline, according to a message to members of Unifor Local 444.

A pattern was established for negotiations with FCA and General Motors using a deal approved by Ford of Canada workers. 

That deal saw close to $2-billion invested in the future of Oakville Assembly Plant and a new product on the way for the Windsor Engine Plant in 2022.

Local 444 President Dave Cassidy, says both sides continue to meet.

"Our goal is to get a tentative in place. We just have to make sure that FCA understands our positions," he says. "This company has been making some good money and pattern is pattern and they need to step up to where pattern is."

Cassidy says getting a new product at Windsor Assembly Plant remains a priority.

"We need to make sure that this company understands that pattern needs to be there and so does the product with dates and timelines," he says. "We've been pretty clear about that."

Cassidy says 400 workers are still laid off after FCA cancelled Windsor Assembly's third shift.

"We went through a restructuring at Windsor Assembly Plant where we had approximately 700 people retire but we still have an obligation to the people who are on layoff and we're going to do every damn thing we can to make sure that we can get them back somehow," he added.

Windsor Assembly Plant workers begin strike preparations at the Unifor Local 444 hall on Turner Road Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

The deadline for a tentative deal is set for 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 14.