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Workers Close to Rejecting New Ford Contract

UAW leaders step up effort to win over rank-and-file.

by on Nov.18, 2015

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles now has to win over workers at two key Ford plants.

Workers at two major Ford Motor Co. plants have roundly rejected the tentative four-year contract they’ve been offered by the automaker, raising the specter that this agreement might also go down to defeat, much like the settlement originally offered by Fiat Chrysler AG earlier this autumn.

That would be the latest setback for the leadership team at the United Auto Workers Union, UAW bargainers already struggling to pull things together at General Motors. Line workers there accepted their own contract offer, but that deal was rejected by skilled trades employees.

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In an unusual move, union leaders were scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday morning to address the situation and lay out plans to move forward. Under UAW President Dennis Williams, the union has been struggling to win over workers who want to make significant gains after years of concessions and who see the auto industry setting record sales and near-record profits.


Second Try a Charm as Workers OK FCA-UAW Contract

With bonuses and a near phase-out of two-tier wage system, agreement gets 77% approval.

by on Oct.22, 2015

FCA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne and UAW President Dennis Williams now have a reason to hug: an approved contract.

By a more than three-to-one margin, U.S. hourly workers approved their new contract with Fiat Chrysler. The news comes just weeks after the United Auto Workers Union threatened to strike when the rank-and-file rejected their original contract proposal by a margin nearly as large.

The four-year agreement includes signing bonuses and, among other things, creates a path for workers stuck in the hated second-tier category to sharply boost their own wages and benefits.

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“The recent bargaining process that took place on behalf of our members at FCA is a testament to the UAW’s democratic values and commitment to our members,” UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement formally confirming the results of the vote. (more…)

Last-Minute Deal Averts Strike at Fiat Chrysler

Two sides hope workers will give nod to second contract proposal.

by on Oct.08, 2015

FCA CEO Marchionne and UAW Pres. Williams were all smiles as they began contract talks.

With workers ready to take to the street, Fiat Chrysler managed to hammer out a second tentative contract settlement with the United Auto Workers Union just minutes before the midnight deadline on Wednesday.

Negotiators from both sides faced pressure to come up with a better deal than the one originally delivered last month but then rejected by a nearly two-to-one margin in a vote by FCA’s 40,000 U.S. hourly workers. Neither side was willing to discuss details of the new agreement ahead of a Friday morning meeting of UAW leaders.

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“FCA US confirms that it has reached a new tentative agreement with the UAW,” read a statement issued by the automaker minutes after the 11:59 pm deadline. “Because the agreement is subject to UAW member ratification, the Company cannot discuss the specifics of the agreement pending a vote by UAW members.”