UAW-Chrysler: Most locals have reached tentative deals

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Norwood Jewell, head of labor negotiations for the United Auto Workers Chrysler Department, said Monday a majority of the local unions have reached tentative local contract agreements, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV takes the lead role in hammering out a national contract.

In a letter to members published early Monday afternoon, Jewell said there are still some locals “that are having challenges reaching an agreement.” Each of the union’s local departments typically negotiate their own contracts concurrently as the automakers and union work to reach a national contract. Local contracts cover individual plant rules and issues.

Fiat Chrysler declined to provide details about how many locals have reached tentative agreements. The union did not respond immediately when contacted about the local deals.

UAW President Dennis Williams on Sunday named FCA the lead company, which will set the pattern for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. If tentative agreements are not reached by the midnight contract deadline, current contracts typically are extended with little to no controversy.

“Although we have been meeting for months now, there are still many items of importance to be reconciled,” Jewell said. “The current four-year contract is due to expire tonight. It is our goal to structure a new agreement for your approval.”

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