Fiat-Chrysler, UAW Reach Another Tentative Agreement

The UAW and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles reached another tentative agreement Thursday after workers voted overwhelmingly against an initial contract proposal in September.

“We’ve reached a proposed Tentative Agreement that I believe addresses our members’ principal concerns about their jobs and their futures, We have made real gains and I look forward to a full discussion of the terms with our membership,” UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement announcing the agreement.

The tentative agreement avoided a potential strike that would have affected the majority of FCA’s 40,000 unionized workers. UAW workers notified FCA this week they would not work under the 2011 contract, which sees them sorted under a two-tier pay system they’re fighting to get rid of.

Negotiators for the UAW unanimously agreed to send the proposal to workers for voting. The union is expected to hold conferences briefing local UAW leaders on the terms of the tentative agreement this week before a second worker vote is held.

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