Mitsubishi Motors North America and the UAW have reached agreement on a new labor pact that sets the stage for the automaker to allocate a new vehicle platform to be built at its assembly plant in Normal, Ill.
A joint-statement issued late Thursday by the UAW and Mitsubishi said the pact "will provide job security for UAW members and that continues the long-standing partnership between MMNA and the UAW into the future."
No other details were provided.
Mitsubishi spokesman Dan Irvin and Ralph Timman, president of UAW Local 2488, both declined to comment.
They cited a confidentiality agreement that prevents both sides from speaking until an announcement is made detailing Mitsubishi's future plans for the plant.
But the new labor agreement suggests Mitsubishi plans to build something new at the Illinois plant, where it currently assembles the Galant, Endeavor, Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder.
Those vehicles are underpinned by Mitsubishi's aging PS platform -- a strategy in conflict with the company's goal to produce smaller, fuel-efficient cars that can be sold globally.
The roughly 1,100 UAW-represented workers at the plant voted 77 percent in favor of the agreement, according to UAW Local 2488's website.
"MMNA and the UAW regard this as an important step for the future of the plant and take this result positively," the statement said. "MMNA appreciates the sacrifices UAW members have made for the long term viability of the plant and we look forward to an exciting future."
Mitsubishi failed to meet a contractual deadline in August when it did not allocate a new product to be built at the plant. Base wages of UAW employees at the plant were increased as a result.