Stellantis announced late Friday afternoon to Unifor Local 444, the Canadian labor union representing the Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) that it will be moving to a one-shift operation starting on Sunday, April 17th, 2022. The news was a shocker to the union and workers at the plant, as it could mean a loss of around 1,800 jobs.
Stellantis has claimed that the cuts are based on the ongoing pandemic and the global semiconductor chip shortage, which has forced the plant to shut down several times over the year. That includes over a month-long shutdown, as the company struggled to secure enough chips and moved their supply to plants launching new Jeep® SUVs.
“We will be meeting with the company in the coming days to explore ALL other options; however official notice has been given,” Local 444 said on its official Facebook page. “The company reiterated their commitment to their bargained investment and the three-shift operation in the future. We will be getting more specifics over the course of the weekend and the upcoming days.”
Currently, the WAP manufacturers the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, and Chrysler Grand Caravan for the 2021 model year. All three are based on the same platform and share most of their components. The plant eliminated around 1,500 jobs, after the announcement that the last generation Dodge Grand Caravan would end production.
Chrysler also announced that its entry-level Voyager minivan for the U.S. would only be available as a fleet option going into the 2022 model year.