Another big UAW local has rejected the union's tentative contract with Chrysler LLC, putting the accord in jeopardy.
UAW Local 7 in at the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit rejected the deal Sunday, several news outlets reported. About 60 percent of the rank-and-file workforce there voted no, the Detroit Free Press reported.
On Saturday, UAW Local 110 representing about 2,800 workers at Chrysler's St. Louis South assembly plant rejected the contract by a wide margin, according to a recording at the union hall.
Non-skilled workers turned down the contract 79 percent to 21 percent, while skilled trades rejected it 66 percent to 34 percent.
Workers at the South assembly plant, where the all new Chrysler minivans are just reaching full production, are the second major St. Louis area Chrysler plant to shoot down the agreement. The St. Louis North assembly plant with about 2,100 workers rejected the contract by similar margins earlier this week.
Also Saturday, UAW Local 1183 at Chrysler's Newark, Del., assembly plant, rejected the contract by 54 percent to 46 percent.
With several locals voting earlier this week, the UAW appears to be trailing in its effort to get the contract ratified by the rank-and-file. Smaller locals at Trenton (Mich.) Engine, Kenosha (Wis.) Engine and Toledo (Ohio) Machining have approved the contract.
Workers are concerned about a lack of future product promises as well as uncertainty over how many of the 48,000 UAW jobs will eventually be designated as non-core. That designation means that new hires will be paid about half the $28 per hour wage paid to veteran workers.
Several locals must still hold ratification votes. But one of the biggest, Local 1700 representing UAW workers at Sterling Heights (Mich.) assembly plant is headed by the unofficial leader of the contract opposition. Local 1700 President Bill Parker wrote a minority report opposing the contract and imploring leadership to return to the bargaining table for a better contract.
If the current tentative agreement fails, the UAW and Chrysler will have to go back to bargaining.