Canada car-seat plant workers agree to extend contract

Averted strike that would have shut down Chrysler minivan plant

(Reuters) — The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union said on Nov. 9 it has agreed to extend a labour contract deadline at a car-seat factory in Windsor, Ont., averting a possible strike from Nov. 11 that could have shut down Chrysler’s North American minivan plant.

An official at the CAW said the union had agreed to a "rolling 30-day extension" to the contract at Integram Seating, which supplies seats for Chrysler's minivans. The deadline can be rolled forward for up to a year.

Last month, unionized Integram workers voted 98.5 percent in favour of going on strike if a new labour agreement was not reached by Nov. 11.

Integram is a unit of Canadian auto-parts maker Magna International. Chrysler's Windsor plant is its only minivan plant in North America.

Chrysler has been controlled since 2009 by Italy's Fiat SpA.

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