Three UAW locals voted against the new Chrysler deal yesterday, stirring fears that the agreement may be scuttled. Two plants voted against it by 53%, and a third, in Missouri, by 66% among skilled trades and 79% among assembly line workers. They slammed a proposed 2-level pay structure and new job categories that would mean lower wages, the New York Times reports.
If needed, Chrysler could sweeten the deal for some plants before voting ends next week. Or the UAW could nix the vote and try to strike a deal with Ford instead. Either way, “It looks like for the first time in a huge number of years, there’s a real possibility of rejection,” said an ex-union official. Anger runs deep for some workers: “We will not sit back and continue to lower our standard of living,” one wrote.