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UAW member: Vote is going to be close

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Higher wages and reduced healthcare costs are all reasons why union leaders think the new tentative agreement with Nexteer will go through.

"I do think it's going to be a lot closer," said Jason Kramer.

Kramer is one of many Nexteer workers who showed up on Monday to hear about the new tentative agreement between his employer and UAW Local 699.

"Seems to be some mixed feelings. Some people seem to be for it. Some people seem to be more against it," Kramer said.

The new roll-out comes after the rank and file overwhelmingly voted down a tentative agreement that resulted in a strike last week.

Some of the bargained benefits include:

  • Starting wages increasing by two dollars an hour
  • Healthcare remaining with no cost share to employees
  • $2000 signing bonus for employees
  • All employees becoming permanent after 90 days.

Local 699 president Rick Burzynski said this agreement is a good deal.

"It's a definite improvement from last Sunday that we had the last meeting. We had a lot of issues, the health insurance was one of them, and then then the wages too and we brought all them up," Burzynski said.

Kramer is not ready to share how he'll vote just yet, but he's not expecting a landslide, whichever way it goes.

"I agree that this contract is better for the people than the last one. I don't want to give my personal belief, but I think it'll be close," Kramer said.

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