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FCA won’t be first UAW target

by Bill Cawthon on

Oddsmakers say Fiat Chrysler won’t be the lead company when the United Auto Workers select one of the Detroit Three to negotiate a new contract. Traditionally, the first contract is a pattern for the other two.


The union normally announces its choice over the Labor Day weekend, but UAW President Dennis Williams has put off the announcement until the current contract expires next Monday.

Industry watchers say General Motors is the most likely target while Fiat Chrysler is likely to be the last company the union targets. Fiat Chrysler’s relatively low profit margins and high percentage of lower-paid Tier 2 workers present special challenges for negotiators.

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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