Union workers at Chrysler LLC's third-largest U.S. assembly plant overwhelmingly rejected the tentative Chrysler-UAW contract in a ratification vote Thursday, Oct. 18. About 81 percent of the voting workers at the St. Louis North assembly plant said no to the accord that UAW leadership agreed to after a six-hour strike this month.
The vote presages rough sledding for the contract at several other large Chrysler locals whose leaders oppose the accord. The UAW hopes to wrap up ratification voting for the 48,000 affected workers by Wednesday. A source in St. Louis said workers mainly were concerned about a lower wage and benefit package for new hires.
In another vote Thursday, the contract was ratified at Chrysler's Kenosha Engine operation in Wisconsin by the 800 factory members of UAW Local 72. It was approved 82 to 18 percent, said Curt Wilson, shop chairman at Local 72.