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FCA planning to eliminate third shift at Windsor plant, losing 1,500 jobs

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Posted at 4:42 AM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 00:08:58-05

(WXYZ) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will cut the third shift at the Windsor Assembly Plant, resulting in a loss of 1,500 jobs.

“Unifor is very disappointed that FCA was unable to find a solution that would have avoided job losses,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “There is no question that the economic ramifications will be felt across the region and throughout the country.”

FCA first announced its intention to eliminate the shift in March 2019 as part of its plans to phase out the Dodge Caravan, but entered discussions with Unifor on the future of the plant. Production was then extended before Friday's announcement to end the shift as of June 2020.

Unifor will enter into collective bargaining with FCA, General Motors and Ford in 2020.

FCA says it will work to place laid-off employees in open positions as they become available.

“We worked to prevent this shift loss with the full understanding of the devastating affect that this would have on our membership,” said Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy. “Now we will ensure that these workers receive the support that they need in this process as we continue to fight for new product for Windsor Assembly with the goal of preserving and increasing these good paying auto manufacturing jobs.”