Bargainers for the United Auto Workers in the United States and Canada reached agreement with Chrysler Corp. yesterday on wage and benefit provisions of new pacts covering 43,000 U.S. workers and 9,600 striking Canadians.
Douglas Fraser, president of the UAW, announced the U.S. settlement in Detroit after his return from Toronto, where he and UAW Canadian Director Robert White announced the Canadian settlement.
In both countries, however, "a few pieces" of non-economic issues remain to be worked out, Fraser said.
Bargainers in the United States were discussing absentee disciplinary action -- an issue that helped defeat a contract agreement earlier this fall.
Fraser would not reveal details of the settlement until workers were briefed. However, union sources indicated that the agreements are for one year each and include a pay raise of about $1 an hour for U.S. and Canadian workers.
Workers in both countries also would see their cost-of-living allowances restored, but the amount in Canada would be larger because of higher inflation rates there.
The U.S. settlement must be presented to the union's Chrysler Council in Dearborn, Mich., Saturday for approval before it goes to the rank and file. The Canadian pact will be presented directly to the striking workers for ratification.