OK on Chrysler Pact ThisClose

Workers at four plants vote yes, tipping the scales
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 3:38 AM CDT
Unsold 2007 PT Cruisers at a Chrysler/Jeep dealership.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Auto workers at four Chrysler plants voted by significant margins to approve a new labor contract yesterday, increasing the likelihood of final ratification by the company's 45,000 workers, despite rejection at several plants. The last vote, at a small-car plant in Illinois that employs 3,000 workers, is scheduled for tomorrow.

Unless the vote is overwhelmingly negative, it's unlikely to significantly alter the current 55% support for the deal, reports the Wall Street Journal. Support has increased as union officials stepped up lobbying efforts. "The more people got a chance to read the contract and got their questions answered, the more they understood it," said one local leader.