Members of the United Auto Workers Union have ratified their new four-year labor agreement with Chrysler Group LLC but also opened the door to protests inside the company that union leaders could find difficult to control.
The new agreement covers approximately 26,000 hourly and salaried workers employed by Chrysler in the U.S.
The vote tally was released barely a week after Ford workers approved their own contract by a two-to-one majority. At Chrysler the results were significantly closer, the “Yes” vote totaling only 55%. And even then, the union had to resort to a procedural maneuver after skilled tradesmen voted down their portion of the contract by 69 percent to 31 percent.
“Because a majority of UAW skilled trades members voted against the tentative hourly agreement, under the UAW Constitution, the UAW International Executive Board (IEB) investigated the reasons skilled members voted against the proposed agreement and determined that these reasons were predominantly economic and not unique to skilled trades members. Accordingly, the IEB declared the agreements ratified under the UAW Constitution,” the union said in a statement.