November 9, 2012 / 8:58 PM / 6 years ago

Canada car-seat plant workers agree to extend contract

(Reuters) - The Canadian Auto Workers union said on Friday it has agreed to extend a labor contract deadline at a car-seat factory in Canada, averting a possible strike from Sunday that could have shut down Chrysler LLC’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 favor of going on strike if a new labor agreement was not reached by November 11.

Integram, located in Windsor, southern Ontario, is a unit of Canadian auto parts maker Magna International. Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario, plant, is its only minivan plant in North America.

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

Reporting By Nicole Mordant in Vancouver; Editing by Sofina Mirza-Reid

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