FCA retirees demand return of COLA in upcoming contract talks

By Grace MacAluso, Windsor Star — September 20, 2016

Detroit Three-Unifor contract talks aren’t expected to gear up until late summer, but Local 444 retirees want to make sure their concerns aren’t forgotten at the bargaining table.

“Retirees made sacrifices to help save Chrysler during the 2009 financial crisis,” Gary Parent, Unifor Local 444 retiree’s chapter recording secretary, said Tuesday. “The retirees continue to make sacrifices today, and what we need is recognition in 2016 bargaining of those sacrifices by asking for the reinstatement of P-Cola (pension cost-of-living allowance).”

Parent was among a group of Local 444 retirees who staged a rally Monday outside of FCA Canada headquarters on Riverside Drive.

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