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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.”


Key Reasons Why UAW Workers May Walk the Picket Line

And why Fiat Chrysler may be willing to take a strike.

by on Oct.07, 2015

Workers at FCA's Toledo, Ohio, plant could be the first to walk out if a deal doesn't come soon.

The clock is rapidly ticking away towards an 11:59 PM deadline that could see Fiat Chrysler face its first strike in years. The United Autoworkers Union set the walkout threat after its members voted down their original contract offer and talks aimed at sweetening the deal appeared to stall.

The vote was an embarrassment for UAW leaders, especially new President Dennis Williams, who is leading contract talks with Detroit’s Big Three for the first time. He had originally set a cooperative tone, insisting a strike would be a “failure,” but he also stressed that he would not shy away from a confrontation, if that’s what it would take.

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Here are some of the key reasons why the UAW may be ready to strike – and why FCA might be willing to risk a confrontation that industry analysts warn could cost it as much as $1 billion a week in lost revenue. (more…)

UAW Going After Jeep Plants for Strike

Union likely to hit Jeep Wrangler facilities in Ohio.

by on Oct.07, 2015

Now that the UAW has authorized a strike, speculation about which FCA facilities will be targeted focuses on Jeep sites.

If the negotiators can’t come close to working out terms of a new contract proposal, the United Auto Workers is likely to target three key FCA U.S. plants, including the Jeep complex in Toledo, Ohio, for possible local strikes, according to sources familiar with the UAW’s evolving strategy.

Unless the two sides can break the impasse by 11:59 p.m. tonight, the trans-Atlantic automaker could be hit by the first major walkout in the auto industry since well before the start of the devastating recession that sent the former Chrysler Corp. into bankruptcy.

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“FCA US confirms that it has received strike notification from the UAW,” the maker said in a brief statement released Tuesday afternoon. “The company continues to work with the UAW in a constructive manner to reach a new agreement.” (more…)

UAW Ready to Strike at Fiat-Chrysler

Both sides face tremendous risks.

by on Oct.06, 2015

Things could get rough for FCA this week.

Less than a week after workers rejected a tentative four-year contract, with talks aimed at sweetening the deal going nowhere, the United Auto Workers Union has issued a strike notification to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Unless the two sides can break the impasse by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, the trans-Atlantic automaker could be hit by the first major walkout in the auto industry since well before the start of the devastating recession that sent the former Chrysler Corp. into bankruptcy.

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The impact could be substantial for FCA, but the UAW and its members also could be seriously harmed by a confrontation, something union President Dennis Williams admitted would be a “failure” when contract talks got underway over the summer.


UAW Workers Asked to Authorize Strikes at GM, Fiat Chrysler

Move a bargaining tool; confrontations unlikely.

by on Aug.18, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra and UAW Pres. Dennis Williams chat before the start of a media Q&A session.

For the first time since General Motors and Chrysler were rescued by federal bailouts, workers at the two companies are being asked to authorize a strike at the two companies should they fail to lock down new contracts with the United Auto Workers Union by the September 14th deadline.

The moves are seen as procedural, however, and don’t reflect signs of trouble in the negotiations that began last month. If anything, UAW officials have said they would see a walkout as a failure and would use it only as a last resort. And the two automakers say they see no reason for a walkout.

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“The strike vote is part of the UAW’s democratic process that occurs every contract year,” GM spokeswoman Katie McBride said. “We remain committed to working with our UAW partners on an agreement that benefits employees and strengthens GM’s long-term competitiveness.”


Workers Picket Chevy Volt Plant

A hint of what’s to come?

by on Apr.05, 2011

Pickets are targeting the Chevy Volt plant.

Displaced members of the United Auto Workers Union plan to maintain pickets at General Motors’ Detroit –Hamtramck plant — where the Chevrolet Volt is assembled — as the new GM gets tangled up in an old-fashioned labor dispute.

The so far peaceful confrontation nonetheless casts a long shadow over the upcoming contract talks between the UAW and Detroit’s Big Three automakers.

The first pickets went up Monday in a dispute dating back to the winter of 2008-2009 when GM was facing bankruptcy, had shuttered its suburban Orion, MI assembly plant and left the Volt factory, nicknamed Poletown, on a short schedule.

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More than 200 drivers belonging to UAW Local 174, based at a Ryder Logistics terminal in Highland Park, were put on indefinite layoff. They have now been told their services are no longer required, said Chris Smith, one of the displaced drivers, triggering the protest.