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AUTO TALKS
(2007-10-23)
(wgvu) - UNITED AUTO WORKERS LEADERS HAVE BEEN HEAVILY
LOBBYING AS SEVERAL BIG LOCALS PREPARE TO VOTE TODAY AND TOMORROW
ON THE TENTATIVE CONTRACT WITH CHRYSLER.
SIX LOCALS REPRESENTING MORE THAN 11,000 WORKERS HAVE TURNED THE
DEAL DOWN. FOUR LOCALS REPRESENTING ABOUT 5,500 WORKERS HAVE SAID
"YES."
IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP A RUNNING TOTAL. LOCAL UNIONS
GIVE OUT ONLY PERCENTAGES AND NOT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO VOTED.
ONE ANALYST SAYS THE UNION IS GOING TO HAVE TO WORK VERY HARD TO
PULL IT TOGETHER.
OPPONENTS MAINLY OBJECT TO A LOWER-TIER WAGE SCALE FOR MANY NEW
HIRES AND NEW VEHICLE GUARANTEES THAT ARE LESS THAN GENERAL MOTORS
GUARANTEED IT WORKERS.
UAW WORKERS HAVEN'T REJECTED A NATIONAL CONTRACT SINCE CHRYSLER
EMPLOYEES DID IT IN 1982.
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