United Auto Workers, Fiat Chrysler Negotiating To Avert Strike

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are working to avoid a strike as a deadline looms Wednesday for 40,000 workers at the automaker’s plants.

Reuters reported (via Automotive News) that talks were ongoing to move forward or present a new four-year contract to workers after hourly employees roundly rejected the last proposed deal. The Detroit Free Press reported that employees voiced displeasure with the “alternative work schedules” in the contract that would keep workers on four, 10-hour shifts instead of five, 8-hour shifts, sometimes switching between late night and early morning shifts within days.

The last strike at Chrysler plants lasted for only 6.5 hours in 2007.

Hourly workers have also asked to end the two-tier pay system, which pays veteran Tier 1 workers more than newer, Tier 2 workers hired after the recession. The proposed contract didn’t offer a bridge to Tier 1 for Tier 2 workers, which comprise around 45 percent of FCA’s hourly workforce — the highest among the Big Three.

On Wednesday, the UAW posted a primer on its Facebook page for striking workers. The union advised workers that crossing a picket line would void any strike benefits and employees would be subject to discipline under the UAW Constitution.

Reuters reported that the UAW may call for a general strike at all FCA plants, or a targeted strike at select plants. Media reports estimate at general strike could cost FCA $1 billion each week.

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  • 50merc 50merc on Oct 07, 2015

    The workers know the last strike lasted only 6.5 hours, about the same length as dinner and a movie. Who wouldn't strike to get the whole enchilada? The UAW is in control and FCA is impotent. Well, impotent until production is transferred to Mexico, which is the sensible option.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Oct 07, 2015

    Torque gun and no eye protection? Unless this is his first warning, I'm giving him balance of the shift and three days suspension.

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    • VoGo VoGo on Oct 08, 2015

      @chaparral WOW 50% depreciation in a year? Simply amazing. Export the new 200 back to Detroit.

  • Dave M. Dave M. on Oct 07, 2015

    Meanwhile, right down the street at your friendly Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, VW and Subaru dealer you can buy an US-made high-quality vehicle without all this sandbox nonsense. Both FCA and UAW both are acting like they matter. I see dead people but they don't even know they are dead.

  • Oldyak Oldyak on Oct 08, 2015

    Drooling retards is a little harsh but not by much I suspect. Who the hell wants to make a lifetime career of putting the same screw in the same place for 8-10 hours a day!!!! As for the 10 hr. vs. 8 hour shift and switching start times..lets see you geeks go along with that!! How do you arrange for childcare when your schedule will change at the Companys wish?? Oh,I forgot,the best and brightest don't have that to be bothered with. Some of you need to wake the hell up! Not worry about how the market is doing and be a little understanding of what the real state of the working man(if you can fathom what that is) is going through!

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    • Xeranar Xeranar on Oct 08, 2015

      @DeadWeight I'm not normally one to get into it with you but your 'CronyComradeKapitalism' which I assume you want to tie to Communism or socialism has zero to do with either. This is a straight forward evolution of monetarism and supply-side policies. Bailing out large banks and protecting the interests of the investment class is the core of monetarist policy and supply-side theory. What you're saying is that you like Keynesian economic capitalism that tries to mitigate the huge gains and losses by using spending and other tools to keep the bubbles from bursting and turning the world markets into recession. DW, you're smart, your ideology may be misplaced at times, but I don't doubt your intellect. I just felt like your anger is misplaced. The Fed isn't an evil place, it's doing what it does, monetary easing. You can use the Fed for good and bad, in this case under Yellin I would consider her doing a fairly positive job so far. The core of the issue is that one party is completely captive to the capitalist class so it's hard to push for change when only one party can discuss change. Pivotal politics makes this really hard because the pivot towards a better system is near impossible without huge numbers.