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FCA US and the UAW Open Bargaining

Bargaining teams gather for ceremonial handshake
Marchionne - “Right leadership and right teams in place to negotiate long-term, responsible agreement”
CEO reiterates position to reward UAW-represented employees for performance while allowing the Company to maintain a competitive cost structure in an economic downturn
Cooperation has allowed for $5.7 billion in investments and the addition of nearly 15,000 new hourly jobs


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FCA US and the UAW officially opened negotiations today on a new collective bargaining agreement for its 39,000 represented hourly employees with a ceremonial handshake at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit.

FCA US Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne and FCA North America Vice President - Employee Relations Glenn Shagena were joined by UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, along with more than 30 members of the bargaining team, to mark the occasion.

“FCA US and the UAW have a long standing partnership that has a proven track record of being able to overcome challenges when faced with adversity,” said Marchionne. “There is a great deal of mutual respect between us, and I am confident that we have the right leadership and the right teams in place to negotiate a long-term, responsible agreement.”

As the two sides met in 2011, FCA US, formerly Chrysler Group, was in the process of recovering from a painful restructuring. With the support of the UAW, the 2011 agreement allowed the Company to further rebuild and grow the business. As a result, FCA US has invested more than $5.7 billion in its U.S. facilities and hired nearly 15,000 hourly employees by keeping labor costs competitive. As a result, production at U.S. vehicle assembly plants has increased from 1.2 million units in 2011 to 1.7 million units in 2014. In June, the Company extended its U.S. sales streak of year-over-year sales gains to 63-consecutive months.

“Our UAW members are an integral part of the success of FCA US, and they need to participate in the economic well-being of the company,” said Marchionne. “It is important that we effectively come up with a compensation plan that allows union members to participate in the profit generation based on performance, while allowing us to maintain a competitive cost structure in a downturn.”

Marchionne cited the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM) as having made the Company’s plants more competitive, flexible and efficient.

“At the heart of WCM is a fundamental respect for the people who make up this house,” said Marchionne. “This manufacturing system is organized around a principle that the experience, the intelligence and the creativity of every person contributes to our ultimate destiny.”

Over the term of the current agreement, significant progress has been made on the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), a rigorous methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. With a joint commitment to WCM, the hourly workforce has been engaged to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants.

Facilities are audited twice a year to assess their progress on WCM implementation, scoring points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor. As a result of the scores received during those audits, five U.S. plants have achieved bronze status and one has achieved silver since 2009.

“We go into bargaining with a desire to recognize and reward our employees for their hard work and dedication,” said Shagena. “This agreement affords both parties an opportunity to protect and secure the future competitiveness of FCA US by maintaining a cost structure that allows us to continue to provide good, well-paying jobs.”

As talks begin in earnest, both Shagena and Marchionne stressed the importance of remembering the painful restructuring, learning lessons from that experience and not repeating history.

“We cannot afford to be bound by convention in our quest. If we insist on going back to the antagonistic type of bargaining that was once typical of the industry, it will be disastrous,” said Marchionne. “If we agree on a future that calls for our shared responsibility, I believe we can come to an agreement that allows us to continue on the road we have traveled so far.”
 

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CEO & UAW Agree 2-Tier Wages Should Go

Fiat Chrysler CEO & UAW Agree 2-Tier Wages Should Go

July 15, 2015

In fact, Marchionne said FCA is wrestling with keeping future production of the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, because to keep it there would require taking it down for retooling, costing production.

Negotiations between UAW and the Detroit Three automakers are anticipated to be one of the most hard in recent years.


“You should pay people the same wage for the same work; and therefore, anything that is dual in nature … is unsustainable in the long term”, Marchionne said. The UAW’s contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles United States (FCAU), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) expires September 14.

The UAW and Ford will hold an opening handshake on July 23.

Williams, who joked that he wore a sweater to the event rather than the blue golf-shirt clad Marchionne, said UAW workers expected to share in FCA’s new-found prosperity without unduly harming the carmaker’s strong sales and competitiveness.

Marchionne appeared eager to eliminate the two-tier system that he described as a “shortcut” out of the industry’s financial crisis.

In his opening remarks Williams said entry-level workers don’t earn enough to be part of the middle class. Forty-five per cent of FCA’s US hourly workers now make the lower wage because the company hired so many people after emerging from bankruptcy protection and joining Italian automaker Fiat SpA in 2009.

The challenge facing Williams and Marchionne will be to figure out how to create a wage path for the entry-level workers.

Both Williams and Marchionne also said they would consider it a personal failure if the companies aren’t able to reach an agreement and workers strike. “People who do the same work should get paid the same amount. We all plan to bridge that gap”.

NHTSA hasn’t said publicly that it’s willing to work with FCA on the fines, but told Reuters in a statement that, “one possible outcome is a consent order in which Fiat Chrysler agrees to address issues with its recall performance”.

Fiat Chrysler benefits from the elimination of a cap in 2011 talks on the percentage of entry-level workers it can hire, giving it an advantage over its crosstown rivals.

Chrysler opens negotiations with the UAW on Wednesday, and Ford is scheduled to follow next week.

Marchionne has argued FCA deserves that advantage because it had to hire the highest percentage of new workers to recover from the recession. Entry-level workers now make up to $19.28 per hour; longtime workers make $29 per hour. Only around 20 per cent of Ford and GM hourly workers make the lower wage.

That puts pressure on the UAW’s contract negotiating team to win changes to the contract that would give Fiat Chrysler workers a better shot at larger profit-sharing checks.

“We must be creative and we must be thoughtful”.

“If we insist on going back to the antagonistic type of bargaining that was once typical of the industry, it will be disastrous”, Marchionne said.

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2015 Contract Talks Kickoff Handshakes



2015 Contract Talks Kickoff Handshakes

Published on Jul 20, 2015

Handshakes and hugs between FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne and UAW President Dennis Williams at official kickoff for 2015 contract talks in Detroit on July 14, 2015
 

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Marchionne Remarks at 2015 Contract Talks Kickoff



Marchionne Remarks at 2015 Contract Talks Kickoff

Published on Jul 20, 2015

Remarks by FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne during official kickoff of contract talks with the UAW in Detroit on July 14, 2015.
 

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Fiat Chrysler health costs up 77% since 2011

August 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler health costs up 77% since 2011


Since 2011, health care costs have increased 77 percent for hourly workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, from $347 million per year to $615 million this year, FCA said.

For tier-one legacy employees, their average health care plan is valued at more than $18,000 per year. It is projected to double in nine years. Health costs amount to $9 per hour of the average $47-per-hour wage.

Newly hired workers, considered tier-two employees who start out at $15.78 per hour, would have health care costs exceed the value of $16 per hour within 10 years.

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Marchionne's shared views with UAW

August 29, 2015

Marchionne's shared views with UAW chief could help U.S. contract talks

Sergio Marchionne said he believes his straightforward relationship with UAW President Dennis Williams will help Fiat Chrysler reach a new labor agreement with the union.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, as part of a broader interview with Automotive News in Detroit recently, said the two men have a mutual understanding that will make a difference as the two sides negotiate a new contract before the current one expires Sept. 14.

The UAW late Friday said 97 percent of the FCA rank-and-file voted to give the union leadership authorization to strike, if necessary. Strike authorizations, typically a procedural move during contract talks, are still pending at General Motors and Ford Motor Co.

Marchionne, during the recent interview, said although he and Williams are not personally close, "we share a view about the fact that, in some fashion, to the extent that we are successful in creating wealth out of these car companies, real wealth, then we should be able to distribute that."

And in colorful language, Marchionne said all automakers have abused the UAW in the past.

"To be perfectly honest, we've all [expletive] with the UAW, right? We were threatened by them, so we took all the pickup trucks that we sell -- and 90 percent of those pickup trucks are sold in this country, right -- we took it away, and then we delocalized them" in Mexico, Marchionne said during the interview.

"If you move the truck back here, which is [the UAW's] domain, with all the cars that we get killed on somewhere else, we could actually make sense of this bloody industry and actually increase the number of people employed in this country, right, and really share wealth because we are making money," he said.

The CEO added: "What a wonderful idea, distributing cash when you have it."

Williams was in labor negotiations and could not be reached for comment.

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UAW healthcare overhaul idea

Sep 3, 2015

Detroit Three show interest in UAW healthcare overhaul idea




The Detroit Three automakers are showing increased interest in the United Auto Workers union's proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues.

The UAW and bargainers for General Motors Co , Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles face a Sept. 14 deadline to negotiate new labor agreements for 142,000 U.S. workers. Rising healthcare costs have emerged as a stumbling block in the way of raises for blue collar workers.

UAW President Dennis Williams has for months advocated replacing company-run plans with a cooperative that would cover U.S. workers at all three companies and have a more powerful bargaining position with healthcare providers.


"We are talking to them about a co-op and it is an idea we support,” FCA said in a statement Thursday that was the clearest signal yet that automakers are giving serious consideration to Williams' proposal.

GM said, "The pressures of rising health care costs require collaboration to find creative solutions," but didn't explicitly endorse the cooperative idea. On Wednesday, Ford Chairman Bill Ford said his company was discussing the idea with the union.

Williams and officials at the Detroit Three have said rising health care costs, a wage system in which new hires are paid significantly less than veterans, pension liabilities and future investment in UAW-represented plants are the key issues they want to address in this round of contract bargaining.

The Detroit Three shifted health care costs for about 900,000 UAW retirees to union-managed trusts as part of a 2007 agreement. The automakers say their combined spending on healthcare is $2.25 billion a year for active UAW workers, up 55 percent from 2011.

A deal to curb healthcare costs would give the automakers and the UAW more flexibility to give pay raises or narrow the wage gap between newly hired UAW workers, who make about $16 an hour, and veterans hired before 2011, who make about $28 an hour.

Workers at the three U.S. automakers have made bonus checks based on their employer's North American profits as the companies have rebounded from the recession. But veteran UAW workers have not had a base wage increase in nearly a decade.

The UAW wants automakers to commit to investments to secure U.S. jobs. The July disclosure that Ford plans to shift some small car production to Mexico jarred UAW leaders.

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Statement regarding the Status of Contract Talks between FCA US LLC and the UAW

09/13/2015

FCA US LLC confirms that it has been selected as the company to set pattern on a collective bargaining agreement with the UAW. As negotiations are ongoing, the Company can offer no further comment at this time.
 

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Statement Regarding Contract Talks

Statement Regarding Contract Talks between FCA US and the UAW


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FCA US LLC confirms that its current contract with the UAW will be extended on an hour by hour basis as bargaining continues.
 

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Fiat Chrysler, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

Fiat Chrysler, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

Sep 15, 2015, 7:23 PM ET



The United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler have reached a tentative deal on a new contract for about 40,000 workers that will serve as a pattern for pacts with General Motors and Ford.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed Tuesday, but both sides said a news conference would be held later in the evening with UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.


The union was seeking hourly pay raises for longtime workers who haven't had one in a decade. It also wanted to at least close the gap between new hires who start at about half the $29 per hour that longtime workers are paid.

Fiat Chrysler wanted to hold its hourly labor costs steady while GM and Ford wanted to cut theirs to be more competitive with foreign automakers.

Contracts with all three companies expired Monday night but were extended while talks continued.

The deal came after a furious 48 hours of bargaining that included an all-night session from Monday to Tuesday.

The union's contract with the Italian-American automaker officially expired at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, but both sides agreed to extend it on an hour-by-hour basis while talks continued toward a new four-year agreement.

Fiat Chrysler, or FCA, was picked as the lead company in the talks this year, making it the focus of bargaining and a potential strike target if talks hit a snag. Also Monday, General Motors and Ford extended their contracts with the UAW indefinitely as bargaining continued.

The main issue in the talks appears to be pay raises. The current wage gap between entry-level workers and veteran employees benefits FCA the most, since 45 percent of its hourly workers make entry-level wages. Only around 20 percent of workers at Ford and GM make the lower wage.

Marchionne has been outspoken about wanting to eliminate the wage gap. But he has indicated the top wages should come down in favor of fatter profit-sharing checks. All three companies also want to stick with profit-sharing instead of increasing hourly labor costs. Over the past four years, FCA workers have gotten annual profit-sharing checks totaling $9,000 per worker.

The union is also seeking guarantees that new vehicles will be built in U.S. factories and not in Mexico, where companies have been moving some of their production.

But automakers, especially GM and Ford, want to cut labor costs to stay competitive. FCA is the only one of the Detroit Three whose U.S. labor costs are lower than foreign competitors like Toyota; Ford and GM think that's an unfair advantage and want to be on par with FCA.

To fund some of the union demands, UAW President Dennis Williams has proposed a giant health care pool to save money for the union and the three companies. Currently a union-run trust pays most health insurance costs for about 600,000 retirees and their spouses, and the companies fund health care for about 551,000 hourly and salaried workers and their families.

Marchionne canceled plans to attend the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany Tuesday and instead stayed in the U.S., a strong sign that a deal was near.

All three companies officially kicked off bargaining for new four-year contracts in July. The contracts cover around 140,000 U.S. factory workers.

Williams and Marchionne, who greeted each other with a hug as the negotiations began in July, have both said they would consider it a failure if they can't reach an agreement and workers strike. Workers at FCA — known as Chrysler before its 2009 merger with Fiat — went on a seven-hour strike during contract negotiations in 2007 but were prohibited from striking in 2011 under terms of a government-funded bankruptcy.
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2015 Labor Negotiations 09.15.2015 UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell (from left to right), UAW President Dennis Williams, FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne and FCA North America Vice President of Employee Relations Glenn Shagena announced that a tentative collective bargaining agreement had been reached, covering nearly 40,000 represented members, during a press conference at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center in Detroit.


FCA US LLC and the UAW Reach a Tentative Agreement

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FCA US LLC confirms that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with the UAW, covering approximately 40,000 represented members. The agreement is subject to UAW member ratification. At this time, the Company cannot discuss the specifics of the agreement pending a ratification vote - an internal UAW process.
 

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FCA US/UAW Tentative Agreement Announcement QA Session

FCA US/UAW Tentative Agreement Announcement QA Session

Published on Sep 15, 2015

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and UAW President Dennis Williams answer media questions after announcing a new tentative contract agreement. September 15, 2015, Detroit, MI.
 

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"UAW President Dennis Williams says union members deserve to see the new deal first. But he and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted at some of its contents. They said it tackles growing health care costs, and aims to get rid of the controversial wage structure."

That controversial wage structure is a "two tier" pay system negotiated in 2007 that compensated newer employees significantly less than senior workers. Under that agreement, Fiat Chrysler's recent hires were paid a maximum of $19.28 per hour, compared to $28.69 for veteran employees.

At a press conference Tuesday the two sides did not get into the specifics how the two-tier wage issue was resolved, but Marchionne hinted that it would be gradually phased out. "I think that the team has crafted what I consider to be a very carefully thought-through process whereby that issue will go away. And it will go away over time."

The Detroit Free Press reports on next steps:

"Details of the agreement will be presented to leaders of UAW local unions from FCA's U.S. plants.

"Ratification votes will be held at each plant over the next week to 10 days.

"Then bargaining will resume at the second automaker, which UAW President Dennis Williams is expected to name soon."
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$3,000 Ratification Bonus

Fiat Chrysler Said to Pay UAW Members $3,000 Ratification Bonus

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will pay UAW members $3,000 bonuses if they ratify a new contract in the coming days, said people briefed on the matter. While that’s a smaller payout than workers received for approving the previous contract four years ago, the union won raises for all members.

Union members will receive hourly wage increases of as much as a dollar an hour, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details haven’t been explained to members yet. Senior assembly workers, who now make about $28 an hour, would get raises in two steps that could bring their hourly wage to almost $30, said the person. The newer, or second-tier workers, could earn as much as $25 an hour after eight years of service, said the person.

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UAW Fiat Chrysler proposal includes 6% raise and bonuses

UAW Fiat Chrysler proposal includes 6% raise and bonuses





09/18/2015
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Bargainers for the United Autoworkers Union on Friday revealed terms of the tentative four-year labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that is expected to set the pattern for contracts with General Motors and Ford.

The UAW leaders said that the agreement provides ways to address the controversial dual wage structure and preserve medical benefits.

The union says it has established a new wage schedule that takes into account seniority on the job and creates a structure that allows the company to continue to invest in plants, develop new product and keep jobs secure.

In addition to receiving a $3,000 ratification bonus, traditional employees will receive two three percent general wage increases, plus two four percent lump sums. The union says total guaranteed compensation is $19,000 in straight time earnings.

The tier system, which allows automakers to hire some workers at lower rates of pay, has not been abolished.

The so-called “In-progression employees” will receive general wage increases based on seniority, creating a maximum wage of $25.35. Total guaranteed increased compensation is up to $25,000 over the course of the four-year agreement.

In addition, all employees have the opportunity to earn bonuses with potential payouts between $4,000 and $13,000.

To address rising health care costs, the UAW has proposed working with the company to create a health care co-op to provide medical benefits for active employees, similar to the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) created to protect health care for UAW retirees.

Other highlights of the FCA tentative agreement include:

• Profit-sharing improved for all employees; additional improvements for in-progression employees.

• For the first time, employees will be permitted to use vacation in one-day increments.

• Sixty-four paid holidays over the term of the agreement. Easter Monday restored.

• New Legal Services Plan

• Significant alternative work schedule changes.

Voting by rank-and-file Fiat Chrysler employees could be wrapped up by next week.

The UAW selected Fiat Chrysler as the target company during bargaining. The labor agreement with the target company traditionally serves as a pattern for contracts with other member companies of the Big Three Automakers.

A more comprehensive summary of the proposed Fiat Chrysler agreement can be found by following this link.
 

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Warren Truck production workers support FCA deal

Warren Truck production workers support FCA deal

09/29/2015




The tentative four-year contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles received a lifeline on Monday, as a slim majority of production workers at Warren Truck Plant voted in favor of the deal.

The Metro Detroit facility — which employs more than 4,000 hourly workers — had 53 percent of production employees and 36 percent of skilled trades workers support the pact, according to voting results obtained by The Detroit News. The result came after several other Fiat Chrysler facilities, including Jefferson North Assembly on Friday, overwhelmingly voted against the deal.


The split in voting in Warren is a small victory for supporters of the deal. With three other large facilities expected to vote through Wednesday, there remains a chance for ratification, as Warren Truck joins at least one engine plant and some salaried local unions that are believed to have supported the deal.

“I hear a lot of people complaining about it, but I’m all for it,” said John Versace, an entry-level at worker at Warren Truck who voted Monday. “I see nothing but gains.”

Despite casting the “yes” ballot, the Warren Truck worker said he doesn’t think the agreement will be ratified. He and others told The Detroit News on Monday that they were worried what will happen if the contract is rejected by members.

Skilled trades and production workers must separately cast a majority of “yes” ballots for the contract to be ratified.

UAW-Fiat Chrysler voting results

Here are the known voting results compiled by The Detroit News. At Toledo Machining, separate results for production workers and skilled trades workers haven’t been made public, but 71.5% of all workers said “no” to ratification.
Hourly Production Skilled Trades
Local/Plant Employees Yes No Yes No
Local 7 - Jefferson North 4,399 34% 66% 23% 77%
Local 12- Toledo Assembly 5,028 NA NA NA NA
Local 51- Mack Engine 555 48% 52% 61% 39%
Local 140 - Warren Truck Plant 4,024 53% 47% 36% 64%
Local 230 - Los Angeles parts 135 35% 65% 100% 0%
Local 372 - Trenton Engine 1,307 20% 80% 29% 71%
Local 685 - Kokomo/Tipton 3,161 23% 77% 35% 65%
Local 1166 - Kokomo Casting 1,129 41% 59% 50% 50%
Local 1248 - Mopar Warren 725 35% 65% 48% 52%
Local 1264 - Sterling Stamping 2,005 43% 57% 39% 61%
Local 1435 - Toledo Machining NA NA NA NA NA
Local 1700- Sterling Heights 3,049 NA NA NA NA

“Unless something drastically changes, I think it’s going to fail,” said Ken Mefford, a 20-year veteran worker at Warren Truck. “Is it a totally horrible contract? No. But is there anything for anyone to get particularly happy over? No.”

If the pact does get voted down, it would be the first time Chrysler workers have rejected an agreement since 1982, when 70 percent of the workforce voted “no,” according to the Journal of Business & Economic Research and media reports from the time. It also would come six years after Ford Motor Co. workers voted to reject a contract during a special round of negotiations following the emergence from bankruptcy in 2009 of Chrysler and General Motors Co.

At least three scenarios could unfold if ratification fails: Union leaders could head back to the negotiating table with Fiat Chrysler and its unpredictable CEO Sergio Marchionne; a strike or multiple strikes could occur; or the union could switch its attention to Ford or GM, which have both indefinitely extended their current contracts with the union.

“There’s a fair amount of risk for these folks,” said Art Wheaton, labor expert with the Worker Institute at Cornell University. “Many people think, ‘If we vote it down, they’ll come back with a better deal.’

“That’s not necessarily true.”

A history of dissension

Although opposition to the UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal is daunting, it isn’t unprecedented.

In 1982, Chrysler workers voted against ratification of the contract. Leadership eventually returned to the bargaining table to tackle issues of profit sharing, cost of living adjustments and raises (all issues UAW members have said they would like to see addressed more in the 2015 agreement, along with elimination of the two-tier wage system). They ratified the deal in December.

Back then, Chrysler was near bankruptcy prior to the contract and had to seek a loan guarantee from the government, said Mike Smith, archivist for the Michigan Historical Collections at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. He said the UAW president at the time, Douglas Fraser, had to go to members three times to get concessions to help the company get through the tough times.

“It is rare, rare, rare when the membership votes down a contract endorsed by the leadership,” he said.

In 2007, it appeared ratification with Chrysler would never happen, as majorities at six local unions, including four assembly plants, voted against the pact. Union President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President General Holiefield “pulled out all the stops,” according to Smith.

“They went to the gates of the factory, they went to the membership,” he said. “They did their best to convince the membership it was a good deal.”

In the final few days of voting, workers changed their tune and the deal was eventually ratified.

Even during negotiations in 2011, when 58 percent of Chrysler production workers voted to ratify the contract, only 44 percent of skilled trades workers supported it. Union rules require contracts to be ratified by both skilled trades and production workers. UAW leaders in closed session voted to overturn the skilled trades veto and sign the agreement.

The current contract

The current proposed deal includes $3,000 ratification bonuses (down from $3,500 in 2011); wage hikes for both wage tiers of plant workers; hefty profit-sharing based on the company’s North American operations; and $5.3 billion in plant investments. It narrows pay gaps between entry and veteran workers.

There would essentially be four wage, or classification, systems: veteran at about $28 an hour or more; current tier-two topping out at $25.35 an hour; and Mopar and axle operators at $22 and $22.35, respectively.

Many workers have voiced displeasure with the proposed deal, saying it does not eliminate the contentious two-tier pay system, fails to cap entry-level hires, doesn’t do enough to address alternative work schedules and doesn’t increase wages enough.

UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell told The News on Sunday he couldn’t predict the outcome of the voting. “Mathematically, it’s still possible,” he said before speaking at an informational meeting for Toledo Assembly Complex workers with UAW Local 12 in Toledo.

Warren Truck was the first of four large plants that are expected to vote this week. The others are Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and Toledo Assembly Plant (both Tuesday) and Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois (Wednesday). Collectively, they employ more than 16,000 hourly workers.

“It ain’t over until it’s over, and these locals can make or break it,” said Kristin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research director of the Industry & Labor Group. “And they don’t necessarily follow the people that have already voted.”

Belvidere workers were expected to vote Monday. However, according to an update from the local union, that was changed to Wednesday “due to feedback from membership” to separate informational meetings and voting.

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United Auto Workers members vote down tentative contract

United Auto Workers members vote down tentative contract deal with Fiat Chrysler

10/01/2015


DETROIT - United Auto Workers union members have rejected a proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler in a rebuke of union leaders who had praised the deal.

Official totals weren't released, but workers at many large factories voted against the pact by large margins, making victory impossible.


Late Wednesday, members at the last plant to vote in Belvidere, Illinois, turned down the contract. The local union's website says 65 per cent of the 2,980 workers who voted were against it. Members at large assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, also rejected the pact in voting Tuesday. Only a handful of local unions voted in favour.

A UAW spokesman said final results would be released on Thursday.

UAW leaders summoned local presidents and bargainers to a meeting in Detroit on Thursday to decide the next move. Fiat Chrysler's 40,000 union workers could go on strike, continue bargaining with the company or shift their focus to General Motors or Ford. Union workers at all three companies have stayed on the job under contract extensions since Sept. 14.

A Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman would not comment Wednesday night.

The union reached a tentative agreement with the company two weeks ago that includes pay raises, the potential for increased profit sharing and a $3,000 signing bonus. But some members objected because the raises don't bring an end to a two-tier wage structure in which workers hired after 2007 are paid less than veteran employees. The contract also allows the company to shift some car production to low-wage Mexico, replacing it with new trucks and SUVs that carry higher price tags to cover higher U.S. wages.

Workers said they voted "no" because the deal didn't give lower-tier workers a path to reaching the top wage of $28.50 per hour. They also said the contract doesn't cap the number of second-tier workers. The UAW agreed to allow lower pay for entry-level workers in 2007 when Detroit automakers were struggling financially. About 45 per cent of FCA's workers are paid the lower wage, while GM and Ford can't exceed 20 to 25 per cent.

Under the deal, pay for entry level-workers would top out at $25.35 per hour after three years, up from the current $19.28. Top-tier workers hired before 2007 would go from $28.50 per hour to $30 per hour during the four-year contract. They haven't had raises in more than a decade, although they have received profit-sharing checks.

When the deal was announced, UAW President Dennis Williams and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne praised each other. Williams said the deal met the union's goals but still keeps Fiat Chrysler competitive with other automakers. He told reporters he had three goals for the contract: giving entry-level workers a path to higher pay, rewarding members for sacrifices they made while Fiat Chrysler struggled financially, and dealing with escalating health care costs.
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It's been 33 years since Chrysler workers have rejected a national agreement and 39 years since a proposed agreement with the lead company chosen by UAW leaders was rejected by its members. Though the UAW had not released an official result or vote tally by press time, an unofficial Free Press calculation shows the tentative deal with FCA was soundly defeated.

On Thursday, the UAW's top elected Chrysler leaders from across the country will meet in at the UAW-Chrysler World Class Manufacturing Academy in Warren to pick up the pieces and strategize about what to do next.

Their options include going back the the bargaining table with Fiat Chrysler to reshape the contract, taking the same contract back to members and conducting a re-vote or moving on to craft a new agreement with either Ford or General Motors.

But the UAW also must figure out what went wrong, and fast.
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Statement Regarding UAW Ratification Vote

Statement Regarding UAW Ratification Vote



AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 1, 2015

FCA US is disappointed that UAW members voted not to ratify the tentative agreement.

The bargaining teams on both sides worked hard, for many days and nights, to craft a transformational agreement that would adequately reward the commitment of our workforce while ensuring the Company's continued success and competitiveness. Striking the right balance in these two objectives has been the most difficult thing to accomplish in these negotiations, but after many hours of dialogue and debate between the UAW and FCA US leadership, the Company felt that a just and equitable compromise had been reached.

The memories of our near-death experience in 2009 are vivid to this day in the minds of most of us at FCA. A large number of new employees have been brought into the Group since then who, thankfully, did not have to endure the pain and sacrifices that were required of the workforce then.

But it is that knowledge and those memories that continuously reinforce the FCA leadership's resolve to never let those events repeat.

While significant progress has been made since the events of less than seven years ago, much more work remains to be done and challenges remain while new, significant ones surface. The cyclical nature of the automotive business demands that while we must recognize the need for rewarding employees during times of prosperity, we must also protect against the inevitable market downturn. This agreement accomplished both of these objectives.

The tentative agreement was designed to yield a strong and competitive FCA US, thus providing stability for our workforce and opportunity for future growth and investment in an increasingly complex global marketplace.

The Company will make decisions, as always, based on achieving our industrial objectives, and looks forward to continuing a dialogue with the UAW.

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