UPDATE 2-Canada's auto union names Fiat Chrysler as next target for talks

jueves 22 de septiembre de 2016 16:01 GYT

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By Allison Lampert

MONTREAL, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Canada's main autoworkers union, Unifor, said on Thursday that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was its next target in negotiations, after securing a tentative deal with General Motors Co this week.

The Canadian union uses pattern bargaining, in which the first deal it reaches with one of the three big unionized automakers sets a template the other two are expected to follow.

After securing increased investment in Canadian plants from GM, Unifor will ask Fiat Chrysler to upgrade an outdated paint shop at a Brampton, Ontario plant which makes the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger and Charger sedans. Unifor said it represents 9,750 Fiat Chrysler manufacturing workers in Canada.

Unifor president Jerry Dias has turned bargaining with GM, Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor Co into a campaign for the future of Canada's once-thriving auto industry. The union made concessions to GM on pensions in exchange for new investments.

FCA said in a statement it has "a long-standing history of working collaboratively with Unifor."

Nearly 4,000 Unifor GM members are scheduled to vote Sunday on a deal that Dias says would guarantee the survival of the automaker's Oshawa facility and bring some engine assembly from Mexico to a second plant.

If members approve the four-year contract, Unifor said it would resume Fiat Chrysler talks.   Continuación...