Fiat Chrysler, UAW deal rejected in early voting

Leaders still hope for approval this week.

DETROIT — The next two days will be critical in deciding the fate of a new four-year contract between Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers.

In early voting, workers at several factories rejected the deal, but those at a pickup truck plant in Warren, Michigan, voted in favour.

UAW leaders are still hoping that the contract will pass at large factories in Belvidere, Illinois; Sterling Heights, Michigan; and Toledo, Ohio. Results should be tallied by Oct. 1 at the plants, which together employ more than 12,000 workers. The union represents about 40,000 Fiat Chrysler workers.

The UAW reached a tentative agreement with the company two weeks ago that includes pay raises but doesn’t end lower wages for newer workers. The contract could be a template for talks with General Motors and Ford.

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