Workers at Chrysler’s Dundee Plant Voted Contract Rejected in August image

Chrysler’s Dundee engine plant’s workers voted a local contract which they rejected in August.

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said that this is the first local union deal voted by Chrysler-UAW members since last fall, when they ratified a four-year national contract. This deal has been approved with 65% voting yes.

“I recommended it,” said Tom Zimmerman, chairman of UAW Local 723. “It has a lot of job protection guarantees in it.”

Chrysler refused to renegotiate the contract in August, taking the risk of a strike that could have affected both the company’s profit and its relationship with the union. Dundee is the only plant where Chrysler manufactures four-cylinder engines, including the new 2.0-liter Tigershark engine, which is used for the all-new Dodge Dart introduced in June.

When it was opened in October 2005 the plant was called the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, and it was a JV of Chrysler, Mitsubishi and Hyundai. The facility had a separate contract from Chrysler’s national UAW agreement, until last year when the employees voted to join the national agreement.

“We have a lot of jobs here that are outsourced, as do other Chrysler locations,” Zimmerman said. “And currently, I do believe that my (contract) language is the only language that lets their unit members bump into those jobs.”