Published: Sun, March 31, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

FCA moves up two-week shutdown of Windsor Assembly to April 1

FCA moves up two-week shutdown of Windsor Assembly to April 1

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Automobiles says it plans to cut the third shift at its Windsor, Ont., assembly plant later this year at a cost of about 1,500 jobs.

The president of Unifor union Local 444, Dave Cassidy, told journalists that the decision was "devastating for everyone".

The announcement comes after a previous announcement in late February where FCA said it will build a new assembly plant in Detroit, along with investing in five existing MI plants.

Approximately 1,500 jobs will be eliminated in the September 30 move the company said will better align production with global demand. The plant, which employs about 2,600 assembly workers and has produced cars for more than half a century, may shut down as GM discontinues the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans.

"The Company will make every effort to place indefinitely laid off hourly employees in open full-time positions as they become available based on seniority", Fiat Chrysler said in a statement.

He added the union was demanding an urgent meeting with FCA.

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"I was shocked and very disappointed that FCA has announced today the elimination of the third shift at Windsor Assembly Plant effective September 30th, 2019", he said.

"We are going to keep pressure on FCA on product and fully utilize our facility".

"There has never been a better time for auto manufacturers to invest in the province of Ontario", Ford said in the statement.

Ford said he plans to meet with FCA Canada president Reid Bigland and Unifor president Jerry Dias to discuss ways to protect jobs at the plant.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was committed to lowering electricity prices and taxes to help attract investment, and that the provincial government was ready to support those affected.

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