Stellantis confirms upcoming layoffs at Windsor and Brampton plants

Stellantis said Wednesday that job cuts are expected at its Windsor and Brampton assembly plants in Ontario over the next few months as the automaker seeks to identify “efficiencies.”

The company said on Tuesday it would offer a retirement incentive program and face ‘downsizing’, but would not say whether there would be any layoffs in addition to the positions cut by the departures. retirement.

A spokesperson for Stellantis, however, confirmed on Wednesday that job cuts were part of the plan.

“We hope to minimize potential layoffs with retirement incentive programs,” LouAnn Gosselin said in a statement.

Stellantis, the company formed after Fiat Chrysler merged with Peugeot, manufactures the Chrysler Pacifica and other minivans in Windsor, as well as the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger in Brampton.

At the two plants, in total, there are about 5,800 active full-time workers — some 3,500 in Windsor and 2,300 in Brampton.

The company did not specify the number of positions it plans to eliminate. He has already pledged to eventually restore the third shift at the Windsor and Brampton plants, which would create additional jobs.

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  • Dave Cassidy, president of Unifor Local 444, which represents workers in Windsor, said when incentives like this are offered, it raises questions about the status of second shifts and the recovery plan. of the third.

    Those plans, he said, have not changed.

    The union has called for a retirement incentive for those who want to leave.

    “It’s an ongoing discussion that we’ve had for a number of years, and now they’re going to be pushing people away. There’s going to be hard numbers around that in the skilled trades and in production, and people are going to get opportunity to leave, and that will bring back some of our laid off employees,” he said.

    The layoffs will precede historic investments in electric vehicle and battery production in Canada.

    Stellantis pointed to the $3.6 billion committed earlier this year to retooling and modernizing plants in Windsor and Brampton as a sign it is firmly committed to its future in this country. The company has also partnered with LG Energy Solution to build a $4.9 billion EV battery factory in Windsor.

    “As we transition to a sustainable mobility technology company, we continue to review our operations for greater efficiency,” the company said Tuesday.