Beleagured Stellantis, currently additionally challenged by a newly called UAW strike at its Sterling Heights assembly plant in Michigan, is also facing up to the major auto workers’ union in Canada.

Unifor, which represents most unionised auto workers north of the border, has said it officially began talks with the automaker last Wednesday (18 October, 2023) and had set a strike deadline for 29 October at 11:59 p.m.

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“Our union is looking forward to this next, and final round of talks with the Detroit automakers to secure the terms of our Canadian pattern and to make important additional gains on various Stellantis-specific workplace issues,” Unifor national president Lana Payne said in a statement issued before talks began last week.

“We also have the added challenge of negotiating future product commitments for the Brampton Assembly plant that secures a future for all of our Stellantis members in the EV transition.”

Unifor said negotiations would focus on Stellantis following the pattern agreement previously set with Ford Canada and General Motors.

“Our bargaining team is fully committed to negotiating a strong agreement that delivers on the core priorities set by our members and ensures that unionised autoworkers continue to set the highest standards for all manufacturing workers in Canada,” said Stellantis master bargaining chair James Stewart in the Unifor statement.

Unifor represents 8,200 members at Stellantis facilities in Canada, including Windsor Assembly, Brampton Assembly, Etobicoke Casting and parts distribution centres in Red Deer and Mississauga, west of Toronto.