More UAW Locals Nix Chrysler Deal

Four Indiana plants join six others in voting down proposed contract
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 8:10 AM CDT
Chrysler Kokomo Transmission Plant worker Mike Hunter discusses his vote on a new labor agreement between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers outside the UAW Local 685 union hall in Kokomo, Ind., Tuesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – UAW workers at four Chrysler plants in Indiana last night rejected the embattled contract negotiated by their leaders with the automaker, adding to the six defeats by rank-and-file voters over the weekend. Some smaller locals have approved the contract, says anti-contract organizer Bill Parker, but the larger ones are rejecting it.

The UAW needs to muster a majority of its 45,000 members to adopt the contract, or it will have to head back to the bargaining table. Two engine plants in Detroit approved the contract Monday, despite very little campaigning by UAW leaders, the Wall Street Journal reports. Parker claims his efforts have caught union leadership "a little flat-footed.” More voting today may determine the outcome.