Rory Gamble, current president of the UAW, said, “Thanks to the hard work of our members, the ACF has been a tremendous American success story. We have secured significant increases and job security rules for the fastest growing automotive company in the United States. During the last four-year agreement, the ACF added more than 6,400 new UAW members. The clearance comes three weeks after UAW members rejected by more than 2-1 the initial contract negotiated by UAW leaders with the ACF, the first time membership was denied since 1982. The deal between Fiat Chrysler and UAW reduces health costs for lower-paid production workers — and highlights an area where the Detroit Three have found no cost savings and could narrow the labor cost gap between FCA and its competitors. And while the agreements offer current full-time workers ways to reach the top of the pay scale within four years, automakers can still employ temporary employees and have flexibility in the size of their production area. The timeline is not guaranteed, but it would be set if the UAW-FCA National Council formally accepted the proposal — which was made Saturday between the auto company and the union after months of discussions — as a preliminary agreement and sends it to members for a vote. Marick Masters, an economics professor at Wayne State University who specializes in labor issues, said the interim agreement was “a significant step forward for the UAW and its members in these troubling times.” A majority of Trenton Engine employees approved the provisional agreement by 79%. It was supported by 73% of production and 78% of Dundee Engine professionals. Overall, a majority of the Toledo Assembly Plant approved the agreement, although production workers voted against the agreement by 18 votes. A majority of employees at Detroit`s Jefferson North Assembly accepted the deal with 82 percent support, while artisans voted for it with 58 percent. The details of the capital investment will be interesting in the ACF`s proposed agreement.
According to previous reports from Free Press, GM has pledged $7.7 billion in investments in U.S. manufacturing and the creation or maintenance of 9,000 jobs, and Ford has committed $6 billion and to creating or preserving 8,500 jobs. A majority of members with voting rights in booth`s premises backed the deal with 55 percent support, even after he and Vice President Jim Coakley wrote a letter asking members to vote against the deal because it doesn`t guarantee a philosophy of “equality for all.” The new timetable under which members are entitled to high-level salaries affects many more members and, although it is costly for the ACF, it should ensure swift ratification. Yet it is the UAW. You never know what might happen until that last voice is counted. The expectation is that we should see a preliminary agreement this weekend. .