The UAW said a vote to ratify the agreement with Fiat Chrysler could arrive as early as December 6. If the union is accepted, it will avoid repeating its bloody negotiations with General Motors earlier this year. These conversations gave way to a gruelling 40-day strike that shut down the company and cost GM millions, and the companies that supply it. The announcement of an agreement came Saturday morning after a meeting at the FCA`s Conner Center in Detroit, the former production plant of the Dodge Viper. « Any full-time production employee currently working at FCA will be the best until the end of this four-year contract, » Cindy Estrada, UAW vice president and director of the union`s FCA division, said in a statement. She added that all temporary workers also have a path to full employment. According to experts, UAW ACF members rejected an initial interim agreement in 2015, which indicates a new fight for ratification this year. Underpaid production employees account for a larger share of Fiat Chrysler`s workforce than its long distance rivals. Full-time workers with less than eight years of service account for 49% of the Italian-American automaker`s hourly production workforce, which does not include crafts. Temporary workers account for 13% more. The provisional agreement comes at a time of upheaval for the UAW. Earlier this month, union president Gary Jones abruptly resigned after he was accused of abusing union money.
Jones has not been charged with a crime. His lawyer told the Detroit News that he resigned to avoid « hijacking the union`s core mission, improving the lives of its members and their families. » Fiat Chrysler confirmed the deal in a statement, but did not give further details on the outlines of the deal. The majority of Trenton Engine employees accepted the preliminary agreement at 79%. It has received the support of 73% of the production and 78% of the artisans of Dundee Engine. In total, a majority of the Toledo assembly plant approved the agreement, although production workers voted against the agreement by 18 votes. A majority of employees of Detroit`s North Jefferson Assembly accepted the agreement with 82% in agreement, while craftsmen rejected it by 58%. « FCA confirms that the company and the UAW have reached an interim agreement on a new four-year contract, » the automaker said in a statement. « Further details will be released at a later date. » A majority of Booth`s local voting members supported the agreement with 55% support, even after he and Vice-President Jim Coakley wrote a letter asking members to vote against the agreement because it does not guarantee an « equality for all » philosophy. The union reached an agreement with Fiat Chrysler late last month. The new contract also offers a mix of lump sums and wage increases for long-term workers, peak wages for new hires within four years, and a way for temporary workers to become full-time after three years of work.