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Workers empower UAW to strike

by Bill Cawthon on

Norwood Jewell, head of the the United Auto Workers’ Chrysler Department, announced that union members working at Fiat Chrysler plants have given approval to the union to call a strike.

According to a report that appeared late Friday night in the Detroit News, the authorization was approved by 97% of the UAW members working for Chrysler. According to the report, the margin is not unusual: strike authorizations are typically close to unanimous.


The authorization does not mean there will be a strike: the vote is a procedural requirement to allow a strike to be called without further authorization if the current contract negotiations break down.

Even if an agreement on a new contract cannot be reached by September 14, when the current pact expires, the union still can opt to continue working under the existing terms.

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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