US: UAW members seem positive about FCA contract ratification image

The UAW union is now aggressively showcasing and explaining the details of its new, renegotiated contract with FCA in a bid to convince its members to ratify the agreement that would deliver a new four-year labor contract.

With better, renegotiated terms, higher efforts to explain its full extent and negotiations wearing down everyone, the new tentative deal might get the positive vote from UAW rank and field members working for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the third largest US automaker. The UAW members will get to express their opinion on Tuesday and Wednesday about the new contract – with reports so far signaling ratification could be possible this time, tough still not guaranteed. During the first round of voting for the close to 40,000 union members the agreement reached mid-September was turned down by 65 percent of membership. So far the angry, almost militant mood, as well as vocal social media opposition has not been so present and there have been no series of worker-organized rallies.

“The UAW responded to most of the objections members had with the first version of the tentative agreement,” comments Kristin Dziczek, director of the labor and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research. One of the main contention issues – the desire to close the gap or eliminate the much-debated tier salary system – has been addressed this time and the UAW also altogether scrapped the envisioned health care cooperative that was not understood or trusted by the workers. Rejecting for the second time the national agreement recommended by the UAW would be a first and would throw both the union and its members into uncharted territory.