No Deal Yet Between FCA, United Automobile Workers
Sept. 15, 2015—No deal has been reached between United Automobile Workers (UAW) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after pulling an all-nighter and extending the existing collective agreement on an hour-by-hour basis, according to a report by USA Today. The bargaining is expected to resume midday Tuesday.
Both sides agreed to extend the current four-year contract shortly before it expired Monday at 11:59 p.m. The extension means that about 141,000 employees will continue to work under the terms of the 2011 agreement until further notice.
If unable to reach an agreement with FCA, the UAW has a few options. It could call a national strike, have targeted strikes at key plants, or continue to extend the contract.
"It is not that abnormal to go past the deadline," said Art Schwartz, a former GM negotiator and president of Labor and Economics Associates in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to the report. “If they don't get everything the members want, which you never do, you better go past the deadline or it looks like you didn't do enough.”