UAW Near Chrysler Contract Approval

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The United Auto Workers union is close to approving a landmark four-year contract with Chrysler.
The UAW is so close that some of the people who were against the tentative deal say there's only a remote chance it could still be voted down.
The only local yet to vote on the pact represents small-car assembly and stamping plants in Belvidere (Illinois) with a total of about 3,300 members. Local 1268 will vote tomorrow and Saturday.
As recently as Tuesday the pact was losing after large locals in Kokomo (Indiana) voted it down. But workers at assembly and stamping plants in Sterling Heights and Warren had a strong turnout and voted largely in favor.
A person who was briefed on a running ballot count tells "The Associated Press" that more than 55 percent of the 25,000 UAW members who voted were in favor of the pact with the automaker after last night.

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