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Toledo union drops AMC, joins Chrysler contract

by David Zatz on

After nearly a quarter of a century, workers at the Toledo assembly plant voted to adopt Chrysler’s national contract with the UAW, rather than bargaining as a separate entity. Toledo has been separate because the plant was part of American Motors (AMC) when that company was acquired by Chrysler in 1987.

In an article by Larry Vellequette, the Toledo Blade noted that the vote had passed by a two to one margin. The plant will keep its unique contract until the next UAW-Chrysler national contract, expected around September of this year.

The Toledo employees had local bargaining on plant issues, such as work rules, but the national agreement determined their financial outcomes, though they were not able to vote on the national agreement or join the national bargaining team. Toledo Machining, on the other hand, was a full part of the national process.

Nash - AMC plant

The separate contract provided some flexibility over time; it was the first local to reduce the number of skilled trade categories, and they were able to work with different scheduling methods.

A council meeting of Chrysler UAW locals had already unanimously agreed to accept the Jeepers.

Note — the black and white photo shows the El Segundo AMC plant, not Toledo.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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