By Larry P. Vellequette, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Oct. 8, 2015) — The United Autoworkers (UAW) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reached another tentative agreement on a new labor contract early the morning of Oct. 8, averting a threatened strike that could have sent some or all of FCA's 40,000 unionized workers off the job.
The union, in a statement, said its bargaining committee “secured significant gains” in the new agreement. Details weren't disclosed.
“We heard from our members, and went back to FCA to strengthen their contract,” UAW President Dennis Williams said in the statement.
“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.”
The tentative pact came after the UAW gave FCA notice Oct. 6 that it would no longer work under the extended terms of its former 2011 contract. The union and FCA had reached a tentative agreement Sept. 15 on a new labor contract, but its terms were rejected by UAW members at FCA 65 percent to 35 percent.
The company confirmed an agreement was reached, stating: “FCA US confirms that it has reached a new tentative agreement with the UAW. Because the agreement is subject to UAW member ratification, the company cannot discuss the specifics of the agreement pending a vote by UAW members,” the statement said.
The UAW said the bargaining committee unanimously agreed to send the tentative agreement to local union leaders.