Stellantis moving to one shift at Windsor Assembly Plant in 2022

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'Beginning in the spring of 2022, WAP will transition to a one shift operation,' a news release from the company said. (Credit: Stellantis Handout Photo - image credit)
'Beginning in the spring of 2022, WAP will transition to a one shift operation,' a news release from the company said. (Credit: Stellantis Handout Photo - image credit)

Stellantis is changing production operations at its Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP), moving to a one shift operation in spring of 2022, according to a news release from the company.

"The global automotive industry continues to face significant headwinds such as the persisting semiconductor shortage and the extended effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," said the release, sent out Friday afternoon.

"Beginning in the spring of 2022, WAP will transition to a one shift operation."

In the release, the company said it will honour the investment commitment of up to $1.5 billion outlined in the 2020 collective agreement.

That collective agreement, reached in October between auto union Unifor and Stellantis, included a commitment from the company to keep the existing product portfolio in Ontario, and add three product derivatives to its plants.

At the time, Union President Jerry Dias said the new jobs added would include calling back 425 workers and adding more than 1,500 new jobs to the Windsor region.

Earlier last year, the Windsor plant lost its third shift causing 1,500 workers to be laid off.

"With this investment and as vehicles start to roll off the assembly line in 2024, our third shift will be back and we expect that the total jobs will rise to over 2,000 more in the community in Windsor," Dias said in October.

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