(WJBK) - We are learning more now about the newly-inked tentative deal between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler. It was reached just after midnight on Wednesday, when workers were threatening to walk off the job and strike.
Forth-thousand workers with Chrysler are keeping a close eye on what happens in Warren Friday. Union leaders from around the country will make the big decision of accepting or rejecting the tentative deal.
Fiat Chrysler has the largest two-tier pay system in The Big Three, and almost half of the workers are part of the lower tier. Those workers hope to remove the tiered system and bring the wages closer together. Because of that, they've negotiated a wage close to $29 per hour. Their wage has been just above $19.
"The leadership has now got to sell this concept to the regional, who then have got to go back and sell this to their members at each and every individual plant. So, I would think that this would take a minimum of a week; it could go onto two. It also depends on what kind of local issues may have to be resolved," says John McElroy from Autoline. Those issues could include profit sharing, pensions and/or healthcare.
Union leaders will vote on the tentative deal Friday at 11 a.m.
UPDATE: The tentative deal was approved. You can read more here.