UAW, Fiat-Chrysler reach tentative agreement - WNEM TV 5

UAW, Fiat-Chrysler reach tentative agreement

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Elgie Bright is the chair of automotive marketing and management at Northwood University.

"My guess – and that's all it is, it's just a guess – is that this agreement will be ratified, that many smart people came to the table and said hey, we've got to get this through," Bright said.

UAW members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement with Fiat-Chrysler last week, saying it didn't go far enough in restoring benefits workers lost in previous contracts.

But as he said he doesn't think that will happen with the next vote.

What does this mean for UAW members who work in Mid-Michigan, for General Motors? Well, it could be some very good news.

"We call it in the industry pattern bargaining," Bright said. "Generally when the first target ratifies a contract generally the next two fall in line, now again there could be a lot of surprises in the industry but my guess is that they will fall in line."

Bright said a best-case scenario shows a win-win situation for the auto manufacturers and the UAW should all the contracts be agreed upon and ratified.

"I think that is the basis of negotiation, that when you reach across the table you want to make it win for the rank and file, win for management, you want to keep the momentum going there's great headwinds in the industry right now," Bright said. "The interest rates are low, gas prices are low, they seem to be selling vehicles."

Fiat-Chrysler workers haven’t gone on strike since 2007, when workers walked off the job for seven hours.

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