Integram Windsor Seating, Unifor contract talks start

Contract talks start Monday between Integram Seating and Unifor Local 444.

Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant gets its minivan seats from Integram

Integram makes seats for minivans made at Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant.

Contract talks start Monday between Integram Seating and Unifor Local 444.

The company makes seats for Chrysler's minivans at a factory in Lakeshore, just east of Windsor.

Local 444 president Dino Chiodo said the 800 workers have given the bargaining team a strong strike mandate of 98 per cent but he also said no one wants a work stoppage.

Chiodo said some of the key issues include job security and wages.

"Those workers have gone without a raise over the last eight years. In saying that, we're going to have to look seriously at how we can continue to be competitive, but at the same time, look after the needs of our members," Chiodo said.

Chiodo is optimistic a new contract can be reached without a work stoppage. But, should members strike, it could have wide ranging effects.

"If the Integram seating plant were to stop production, there would be no question that the Windsor Assembly Plant would inevitably stop production," Chiodo said.

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