DETROIT -- A DaimlerChrysler AG unit has voluntarily extended a UAW contract at its assembly plant here to plants nationwide.
Axle Alliance Co.'s national contract with the union calls for a single job classification and incentive pay, according to a news release. Those are issues the union has long opposed.
Axle Alliance supplies axles to DaimlerChrysler's Freightliner LLC heavy-duty truckmaking subsidiary.
Axle Alliance initiated the contract to reduce labor problems as the company grows.
The UAW in February signed a local contract with the Detroit plant and its 60 workers. The agreement covers dozens more workers at the company's parts assembly plant in Kings Mountain, N.C. It also will cover a new division in Detroit that will produce gear sets in 2005.
The contract runs through 2009.