News: The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union will extend a labour contract deadline by 30 days at the Integram Seating vehicle seat factory in Windsor, southern Ontario, reports Just Auto. The move has averted a possible strike, which could have disrupted US automaker Chrysler's North American minivan plant. The deadline is expected to be extended for up to a year.
BMI View: The plant provides seating modules for US automaker Chrysler's minivan assembly plant in Windsor. This was not the first time Chrysler's minivan plant has been potentially impacted by its suppliers. The CAW union approved a new three-year labour agreement with automotive parts supplier Johnson Controls in November 2009, with more than 90% of the union members voting in favour of the agreement. The tentative agreement secured production of Chrysler's minivans, by ensuring supplies of auto parts.