About That United Auto Workers Contract With Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

it’s probably dead.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the deal appears to be mathematically impossible after several large locals voted down the proposed contract this week.

The margins of defeat have been growing since Mopar and axle operators workers voted down the proposal by just over 50 percent and 65 percent last week, according to reports. Workers in Toledo, which builds the Jeep Wrangler and may lose the Cherokee to Sterling Heights, Michigan in order to build more Wranglers, voted overwhelmingly against the proposal; 87 percent declined the contract according to the Free Press.

Union workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants say that the contract, which does not specify production sites or moving plans — such as shifting truck and car production — doesn’t assuage concerns that more jobs will be lost to Mexico.

According to reports, workers at FCA plants have voiced concerns that the proposed UAW contract didn’t provide a clear path for lower-paid, entry workers to make as much as veteran Tier 1 workers. Newly hired Tier 2 workers, who make on average $9 less per hour than Tier 1 employees, comprise about 45 percent of FCA’s hourly workforce.

UAW President Dennis Williams dismissed concerns that the contract didn’t make clear a path to higher wages, saying that workers could apply for higher paying jobs within FCA.

The workers have also expressed concerns that the health care cooperative, created as a way to control costs, is lacking clear details.

Voting on the contract will continue Wednesday, but it’s unclear what may happen when workers turn down the proposal. Negotiators for the union and FCA could work again on a new deal, workers may strike or limit future work at FCA’s plants.

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  • RideHeight RideHeight on Sep 30, 2015

    It'd be nice to hear from someone with skin in this game instead of the usual barking-loungers.

  • Charliej Charliej on Oct 01, 2015

    Fiat has plenty of underutilized plants outside the US, if the UAW decides to strike. So do Ford and GM. The UAW may think that they can dictate terms to the automakers, but those days are over. It would take some time, effort and money to move production out of the UAW's reach, but it can be done.

    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Oct 01, 2015

      I agree. And I hope that it WILL actually be dome. The UAW has been disastrous for the US auto industry since time immemorial. The UAW isn't happy that Americans are provided decent paying jobs by the transplants in the South. The UAW's never-ending insidious agenda of unionizing auto plants in RTW states is a recipe for disaster by bringing the same Detroit 3 bankrupting scenario to otherwise profitable employers. All this drama for union dues. Let's move UAW jobs to non-union locations, inside and outside the US. Whatever it takes to maximize shareholder profits.

  • Lou_BC "Owners of affected Wrangles" Does a missing "r" cancel an extra stud?
  • Slavuta One can put a secret breaker that will disable the starter or spark plug supply. Even disabling headlights or all lights will bring more trouble to thieves than they wish for. With no brake lights, someone will hit from behind, they will leave fingerprints inside. Or if they steal at night, they will have to drive with no lights. Any of these things definitely will bring attention.I remember people removing rotor from under distributor cup.
  • Slavuta Government Motors + Government big tech + government + Federal police = fascist surveillance state. USSR surveillance pales...
  • Johnster Another quibble, this time about the contextualization of the Thunderbird and Cougar, and their relationship to the prestigious Continental Mark. (I know. It's confusing.) The Thunderbird/Mark IV platform introduced for the 1971 model year was apparently derived from the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform (also introduced for the 1971 model year), but should probably be considered different from it.As we all know, the Cougar shared its platform with the Ford Mustang up through the 1973 model year, moving to the mid-sized Torino/Montego platform for the 1974 model year. This platform was also shared with the failed Ford Gran Torino Elite, (introduced in February of 1974, the "Gran Torino" part of the name was dropped for the 1975 and 1976 model years).The Thunderbird/Mark series duo's separation occurred with the 1977 model year when the Thunderbird was downsized to share a platform with the LTD II/Cougar. The 1977 model year saw Mercury drop the "Montego" name and adopt the "Cougar" name for all of their mid-sized cars, including plain 2-doors, 4-doors and and 4-door station wagons. Meanwhile, the Cougar PLC was sold as the "Cougar XR-7." The Cougar wagon was dropped for the 1978 model year (arguably replaced by the new Zephyr wagon) while the (plain) 2-door and 4-door models remained in production for the 1978 and 1979 model years. It was a major prestige blow for the Thunderbird. Underneath, the Thunderbird and Cougar XR-7 for 1977 were warmed-over versions of the failed Ford Elite (1974-1976), while the Mark V was a warmed-over version of the previous Mark IV.
  • Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.