Strike ends at FCA minivan parts supplier in Canada

Employees of ZF-TRW walked the picket line in Windsor, Ont., last week. Photo credit: Greg Layson

WINDSOR, Ont. — Striking union members at FCA Canada supplier ZF-TRW in Windsor, Ont., have reached a tentative agreement, a step toward resuming minivan production at the automaker’s factory there.

Details of the new contract have not been released and a ratification vote is scheduled for Sunday morning.

About 300 people at the auto supplier assemble shocks, struts, springs and rear suspensions at 2 different facilities for FCA, which builds the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan in Windsor.

The union and management had previously reached a tentative agreement on March 4, but only 38 percent of members who cast ballots March 8 voted in favor of the deal and then walked off the job.

The 2 sides went back to the bargaining table late Saturday and had a new tentative deal by 6 a.m. Sunday, the union said on its Facebook page.

The strike led to FCA Canada cancelling its 3 Saturday shifts at its Windsor Assembly Plant due to a shortage of parts from ZF-TRW.

“FCA is monitoring the status of negotiations between a modular supplier in Windsor and Unifor,” company spokeswoman Lou Ann Gosselin told The Star newspaper on Friday. “(FCA) is assessing production schedules at its Windsor Assembly Plant on a shift-by-shift basis.”

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