Stellantis has confirmed that it will extend the second-shift production of its trio of minivan offerings at the company’s Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada through December 31st, 2022. The decision is great news for the 1,800 employees who were scheduled to be cut earlier this month.
In October, the automaker announced its plans to cut back the 4,262 (4,058 hourly; 208 salaried) workforce, originally scheduled for early April. Stellantis cited the ongoing global semiconductor shortage and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was revaluated in February, with the announcement that the company would extend the second shift until the end of June.
During the Q1 2022 period, Stellantis sold a total of 26,366 minivans in the U.S. and 1,504 minivans in Canada. While those numbers are down compared to 2021, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares stated that the company will commit to its 2020 Unifor-FCA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The agreement included an investment of $1.43 billion CAD ($1.13 billion USD) to install a new multi-energy vehicle architecture, including Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV) and Battery Electric (BEV) vehicle capability, and at least one new model on that architecture at its Windsor Assembly Plant. Unifor expects to return to a three-shift workforce once the electrified vehicles are launched.
Unifor Local 444 President, David Cassidy released the video above on the official Local 444 Facebook page on Thursday evening.