WINDSOR, Ontario — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to eliminate the third shift at its Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant on Oct. 21, three weeks later than originally planned, due to a fleet order.
FCA pushed the elimination date back from Sept. 30 “to accommodate a large order,” spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said in a statement. “After that date, the plant will return to a traditional two-shift operation.”
FCA informed Unifor on Tuesday that it would extend the shift’s life, Local 444 President Dave Cassidy told Automotive News Canada. He welcomed FCA’s decision, saying it buys union leadership more time to find a way to save the workers’ jobs.
“We’re looking at every single avenue to make sure that we can secure those 1,500 jobs on the third shift,” Cassidy said.
FCA in March said it would end the third shift at the Windsor plant amid sluggish North American sales for the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans it builds. The third shift’s end…