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GEMA, Toledo workers join national contract, resolve shift issue

by Bill Cawthon on

All UAW-represented Chrysler workers will now fall under the UAW Chrysler National Agreement. Upon ratification, members of Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Michigan, along with the Toledo Assembly Plant members will be covered by the UAW Chrysler National Agreement. UAW Local 12 members at the Toledo plant voted on June 20, 2011 to be covered under the master agreement. UAW Local 723 members at the GEMA plant voted on September 30, 2011.

During the bargaining, UAW negotiators pushed for concessions on the controversial shift schedule that provoked GEMA workers to authorize a strike. While Chrysler will retain the rotating shifts, the company promises to allow GEMA members to vote to control the rotation of production shifts. The vote will dictate the frequency of rotation and workers will be able to decide whether they will rotate shifts at the Dundee, Michigan, engine plant.

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, 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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