FCA to hire additional 200 workers at WAP

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Windsor Star/Grace Macaluso

FCA Canada is hiring an additional 200 workers at the Windsor Assembly Plant, a source familiar with the company’s plans said Wednesday.

That’s on top of the 1,200 hourly workers hired over the last year that brought total employment to about 6,000 at the plant, which builds the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans on three full shifts.

The source said the latest hiring is tied to the production launch, likely late November or early December, of the plug-in hybrid version of the Pacifica.

FCA’s 10,000 hourly workers in Ontario recently ratified a new four-year contract with Unifor — an agreement that was lauded Tuesday by CEO Sergio Marchionne.

The agreement was “relatively satisfactory” and keeps the automaker’s assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton “competitive,” Marchionne said during a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter financial results.

“It buys us peace on the farm for the next four years,” Marchionne said. “I think when you look at the impact of the overall cost as the result of the contract and combine that with the (low) Canadian dollar, both Canadian plants remain competitive.”

FCA spent more than $3 billion on the development of the new minivan program as well as retooling of the Windsor plant.

A job posting went up last week on the FCA Canada website for work on the production team.

“The assembly line production worker within a three-shift operation is responsible for the installation of vehicle components within cycle time and with strict adherence to quality, safety and world-class manufacturing (WCM) standards,” the job posting states.

Applicants must have a high school diploma, must be 18 years of age or older, available for shift work and legally authorized to work in Canada.