3 More UAW Locals Reject Contract

Associated Press
Sunday, October 21, 2007

DETROIT, Oct. 20 -- Workers at three more local unions of the United Auto Workers have rejected a tentative contract agreement between the UAW and Chrysler, even as union leaders from Detroit spent the latter part of the week lobbying for yes votes.

The contract was rebuffed Saturday at Local 110 in Fenton, Mo., one of Chrysler's largest, with 2,781 hourly workers at the South Assembly Plant. A recording at the Local 110 union hall said Saturday that 66 percent of skilled-trades workers voted against the contract, while 79 percent of non-skilled workers opposed it. It did not mention the number of workers who voted.

Local unions in Newark, Del., and Twinsburg, Ohio, also voted no, in both cases by smaller margins than in Missouri.

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday that workers in Trenton, N.J., and Toledo approved the deal.

The final outcome of the vote on the pact by 45,000 workers will not be made known until next week, but the sizes and locations of the locals voting no are not good signs for leaders in Detroit, said Harley Shaiken, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley who specializes in labor issues.

UAW members have not voted down a labor contract in at least two decades, Shaiken said.

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