The CAW Union voted the four-year contract with Chrysler, with 90% in favor.
The deal covers 8,000 employees in Ontario, including plants in Brampton, near Toronto, and Windsor, outside of Detroit. Chrysler manufactures its Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans in Windsor, two of the automaker’s best selling models of the last year lineup.
“One of our objectives coming into these talks was to position our industry for future growth and success, and we did as much as we possibly could on that front,” union President Ken Lewenza said in a statement.
CAW reached a tentative agreement with Chrysler on September 26th, the last of the Detroit Three to reach a new labor deal. The automaker followed the pattern set by Ford and GM. Chrysler was the only one who said that the Canadian labor costs are too high and that they must match those of the United Auto Workers in the US and criticized the union for setting the pattern deal with Ford which has severely reduced its Canadian operations in the past years.
“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement, and we’re looking forward to the ratification process,” said Al Iacobelli, Chrysler’s vice president of employee relations on September 26th.