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.

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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.