Latest Automotive News

Subscribe in a reader

3 more UAW locals in U.S. reject controversial Chrysler agreement

Email   small font medium font large font


Workers at three more United Auto Workers local unions have rejected a tentative contract agreement between the national union and Chrysler LLC, casting doubt on whether the deal will be ratified.

Members at locals in Missouri, Ohio and Delaware voted against the deal Friday and Saturday even as union leaders from Detroit spent the later part of the week lobbying for ``yes'' votes.

The contract failed Saturday at Local 110 in Fenton, Missouri, one of Chrysler's largest, with 2,781 hourly workers at the South Assembly Plant. The vote was surprising because the plant makes Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Caravan minivans, which are brand new for 2008 and expected to be top sellers, providing job security for several years.

Although final totals from the 45,000 workers voting on the pact will not be made known until next week, the size and locations of the locals voting ``no'' are not good signs for leaders in Detroit, said Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in labor issues.

``The early results are abysmal,'' Shaiken said. ``Members have sent a message of considerable unrest.''

Dissident union members have used the Internet to express opposition to the pact, and the UAW's national Chrysler negotiating chairman, Bill Parker, president of a local in suburban Detroit's Sterling Heights, has come out against it.

If the contract is rejected by UAW members, it would be the first time in at least two decades that has happened, Shaiken said.

The agreement was reached Oct. 10 after a six-hour strike, the same day the union announced that General Motors Corp. workers had approved a similar contract. If Chrysler workers vote it down, negotiators must go back to the bargaining table.

The UAW said negotiators were able to fend off the company's demand for wage cuts of US$1.01 per hour and cost-of-living adjustment delays, according to a booklet summarizing the deal. They also saved about 1,500 jobs at the Toledo, Ohio, machining plant, which was slated to close.

But 14 of 21 factories listed in the booklet have no future products to make after the current product life cycle or the life of the new contract. Seven were to get future products.

Like the GM deal, the union won a moratorium on plant closing and outsourcing. The outsourcing ban on noncore work will keep 8,000 jobs, the booklet said.

Richard McDonaugh Jr., president of Local 1183 at Chrysler's Newark, Delaware, assembly plant, said Saturday that the contract failed at his local by a vote a 54 per cent to 46 per cent. The local represents 1,100 hourly UAW members.

McDonaugh said the Newark plant is scheduled to be closed by the company.

Messages were left with UAW spokesman Roger Kerson in Detroit.

Receive the latest automotive news by email!

Enter your email address:

Related news
The fate of a tentative labour agreement at Chrysler LLC remained uncertain Sunday after two large United Auto Workers locals representing about 4,500 of the union's 45,000 members at the automaker split over ...
Chrysler workers at two of four key United Auto Workers union locals voting Wednesday approved a new contract with the company, the presidents of the locals said. Local 140 President Melvin Thompson said ...
The fate of the tentative contract agreement between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler LLC remained in question Tuesday, with a union local in Detroit saying it approved the deal and officials awaiting ...
The tentative deal between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler LLC was hailed as a historic step forward for the company just a couple of weeks ago. Many rank-and-file members, however, have rejected ...
Local union leaders voted overwhelmingly Monday to recommend approval of a tentative four-year agreement between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler LLC, paving the way for a vote by members, UAW president Ron ...
The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative four-year contract agreement with Chrysler LLC on Wednesday after a brief strike that sent thousands of workers to the picket lines. Details of the agreement ...
• Dacia management and Dacia’s trade union, Syndicat Autoturisme Dacia (SAD), signed an agreement on an annual pay increase on April 11, 2008. Work resumed at the plant on the ...
SEOUL (AP) _ Hyundai Motor Co. and its labour union tentatively agreed Wednesday to end a month-long strike that had driven South Korea's largest automaker to suspend exports, a company spokesman said. The two ...

Best Investment Newsletter

- 46% in 2008

- invest in the best performing US stocks only and sell them when the uptrend is over

- very easy to follow, simple buy/sell signals

- no need to have investing or trading experience

Find More Now!

3 more UAW locals in U.S. reject controversial Chrysler agreement
> © 2006-2017 except where otherwise noted