Businesses and trade unions are likely to face a new reality in the next round of negotiations. The cost of developing new technologies for electrification and driver assistance systems can foster further consolidation. The new collective agreement brings together more than 47,000 UAW employees at 22 ACF production sites and 17 Mbpar Parts Distribution Center across the country. Today, in the first of three union negotiations with Detroit 3 automakers, UAW members overwhelmingly approved a new four-year collective agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The four-year affair continued with a proposed merger and a federal corruption investigation against the UAW, which caused upheaval in union leadership and an unprecedented legal battle between two automakers. The deal between Fiat Chrysler and UAW reduces health costs for lower-paid production workers — and highlights an area where the Detroit Three have found no cost savings and could narrow the labor cost gap between FCA and its competitors. And while the agreements offer current full-time workers ways to reach the top of the pay scale within four years, automakers can still employ temporary employees and have flexibility in the size of their production area. Meanwhile, GM filed an extortion complaint against Fiat Chrysler last month, claiming that its late CEO, Sergio Marchionne, had staged a corruption program that corrupts three rounds of negotiations to harm GM and take it back. Fiat Chrysler called the claims “gratuitous” and a reaction to its possible merger with French automaker Groupe PSA, a proposal also announced amid labor talks and could be formalized next week. GM dismissed its action in response to the proposed concentration. The vote may close detroit Three`s most turbulent contract negotiations in recent times, with a 40-day nationwide strike against General Motors and the aftermath of the ongoing corruption scandal that ended the union careers of former UAW President Gary Jones and former 5 Region Director Vance Pearson. Jones has been involved in court cases while he has not been named or charged; Pearson faces six federal criminal proceedings, including embezzlement of union funds and money laundering. The UAW said the agreement was ratified by 71 percent of members with voting rights – 74 percent per hour, 59 percent crafts and 67 percent of the employees` tariff unit.
Voting began on Friday and ended on Wednesday, which should allow FCA workers to receive their bonuses – 9,000 $US for traditional workers and 3500 $US for temporary workers – in time for Christmas, according to the union. . . .