Kathleen Wynne meets Unifor face to face, Chrysler discussed

Dino Chiodo, the president of Unifor Local 444, met with Premier Kathleen Wynne last week.

Dino Chiodo, president of Unifor Local 444, won't reveal details of talks about Windsor Assembly Plant

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants to move ahead with her efforts to create an Ontario pension plan. (File Photo)

Dino Chiodo, the president of Unifor Local 444, met with Premier Kathleen Wynne last week.

The meeting was arranged by Unifor's national office.

Chiodo said he spoke with the premier about a number of provincial and local issues.

"She reiterated she's not going to leave Windsor behind, because we have issues, like the mega-hospital, that still needs to be looked after and have to be brought into play," Chiodo said. "From that perspective, she committed to having open dialogue on what that looks like.  And I am pleased with that."

Chiodo said  Chrysler also came up during the discussion. He didn't say if the topic of provincial financial assistance for an upgrade of the Windsor Assembly Plant was part of the discussion with the premier.

Unifor Local 444, represents thousands of hourly employees at Chrysler, Caesars Windsor and other workers in the region.

At this year's Detroit auto show, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said changes at the Windsor plant would cost at least $2 billion, and that Chrysler needed government help to finance the project.

Former Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak accused Chrysler of asking for "ransom."

In March, Chrysler said it will now "fund out of its own resources whatever capital requirements the Canadian operations require."

Marchionne said the issue had become "a political football."


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