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Dodge Hellcat Production Held Hostage By Strike

Could this mean a shortage of Hellcats?

A supplier strike had impacted production of big-body Dodge and Chrysler models. Unionized workers from Lear Ajax began strike actions over the weekend, which has caused production to be scaled back at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario. Lear Ajax is a seating supplier for for the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Doge Charger (including Hellcat versions). Lear’s seats are delivered just-in-time for assembly, which made the impact of their strike extremely significant.

The 320 Lear workers voted 99-percent to strike after failing to reach a collective agreement with their employer. Unifor bargained up until the deadline, but "it became clear that Lear was just unwilling to make a fair offer," Unifor President Jerry Dias said in a statement. Unifor represents workers at FCA's, GM's, and Ford’s Canadian plants, along with numerous suppliers that support automotive assembly. The president of Unifor Local 222, which represents the Lear employees, said “members are united and we are determined to obtain an agreement that addresses the workers’ key issues.” According to Automotive News, the loss of an integral component like seats has had an immediate and obvious impact on plant output.

Ardis Snow, plant chair for Unifor Local 1285 at Brampton, said day shift would be kept on for hours of work while afternoon shift workers should expect to be sent home early as well. Workers are scheduled to keep reporting for work until FCA uses up whatever remaining inventory of seats it has left. It’s unclear just how long the strike will continue. As of Tuesday, a tentative labor agreement was reached to end the three-day strike meaning Brampton Assembly should be back to cranking out cars like normal.

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