UAW Includes Language in Newest Contract About Gender Identity
Included in the United Auto Workers latest round of negotiations was language that protected workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from discrimination based on gender identity.
“During this round of bargaining the union expressed the importance of the parties both maintaining and strengthening policies that ensure the equal treatment of all employees,” the union wrote in its white paper to members.
Michigan and Ohio do not protect workers from discrimination based on gender identity, according to the ACLU. Only Illinois, where FCA currently builds the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass and Patriot at its Belvidere plant, has a law that protects workers from gender-identity discrimination.
The equal protection language was included in more than 400 pages of contract changes for the UAW that was agreed upon and proposed to its membership last week.
FCA is offering a $3,000 bonus for UAW workers to ratify the contract within the coming days. The basis for the negotiations for the UAW, which was to close the hourly wage gap between Tier 1 and Tier 2 workers was largely met. In return, FCA said it would send car production to Mexico and move Ram 1500 production back to America.
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