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Friday, September 25, 2015

An "uh-oh" moment for Southeastern Michigan.

Is Fiat-Chrysler facing a strike?

The UAW reached a tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler last week but that agreement must be ratified by a majority of about 40,000 UAW members at 37 UAW local units across the U.S. for it to become official. A rejection of the contract would throw the UAW's efforts to negotiate new contracts with Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors into massive turmoil.

At UAW Local 1166, which represents workers at Kokomo Casting, 59% of production workers voted to reject the contract while the skilled trades workers split their vote 50% to 50%, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly about the results.

Those results came in just hours after the Free Press learned that UAW Local 1264, which represents about 2,000 hourly workers at Sterling Stamping, voted to reject the contract. At that local 57% of production workers and 61% of skilled trades workers voted to reject the contract, according to a person who was not authorized to publicly disclose the results.

Earlier Thursday the Detroit News reported that members of UAW Local 1248, which represents workers at the automaker's Mopar parts and distribution center in Center Line, voted to reject the contract.

That would be a gut-punch for the local economy. Not saying the workers are wrong to reject it, though. My days of being a de facto corporate apologist are done, thank you very much.

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