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UAW ratifies new Chrysler contract

by Bill Cawthon on

By a wide margin, members of the United Auto Workers union approved the new contract with Chrysler Wednesday night. The union said 82 percent of production workers, 80 percent of skilled trades, 94 percent of the engineers and 90 percent of the clerical employees voted for the agreement.

The new agreement will give the UAW 55 percent ownership of Chrysler, though it will not give the union operating control of the company.

In a statement, union President Ron Gettelfinger said, “This has been a challenging time filled with anxiety and uncertainty for our membership. Our members have responded by accepting an agreement that is painful for our active and retired workers, but which helps preserve U.S. manufacturing jobs and gives Chrysler a chance to survive.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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