UAW to talk with Ford, Chrysler
The United Auto Workers union reportedly will begin talks soon with Ford and Chrysler, seeking contracts similar to the one reached with General Motors.
Ford Motor Co. and its biggest union have been engaged in discussions since July, Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans told MarketWatch. But negotiations slowed once the UAW named General Motors Corp. as the lead company.
"We don't know yet how the UAW will choose to move forward in this process," Evans said. "It is their decision to make."
Union President Ron Gettelfinger told a Detroit radio station after the GM deal that he expects agreements with the Ford and Chrysler to "basically be the same."
GM and the union reached a tentative agreement last week after the UAW conducted a two-day strike. UAW leaders unanimously approved the pact, but it also must be ratified by a vote from about 74,000 of its rank-and-file members.
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