CAW Presses For New Investment in Chrysler's Brampton Facility

January 11, 2011, 1:20 PM EST


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Chrysler Canada officially launched two redesigned cars at its Brampton, Ontario assembly plant January 7 at a ceremony where CAW leadership continued to press for a new paint shop at the facility.

The company was announcing the launch of a new generation of the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger.

CAW President Ken Lewenza urged Chrysler Group Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne to move ahead with the paint shop, which could cost up to $400 million.

"This is my vision and the vision of the CAW, not an announcement," said Lewenza in comments to Marchionne. "I'm asking you one more time. We absolutely need a paint shop."

CAW Local 1285 and the bargaining committee continue to raise the issue of a new paint shop as a priority for the Brampton plant. The plant employs approximately 2,900 workers on two shifts. A third shift would mean up to 1,000 more jobs.

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