Reaction pours in after UAW, Fiat-Chrysler deal collapses

United Auto Workers union leaders from across the country are back in town after their four-year tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler was voted down.

The UAW Leaders are now back in town to consider their options, Fox 2's Hannah Saunders is outside their meeting happening now in Warren.

On Thursday the leaders were inside the World Class Manufacturing Academy in Warren are now dealing with the embarrassment of this contract not getting support from frustrated workers.

With 65% of UAW workers voting no to a tentative four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler, it’s back to the drawing board.

"Going into these negotiations most labor experts, FCA, and the UAW thought that this was going to be fairly clear sailing," said John McElroy of WWJ 950 and Autoline.com. "So it's a shock that this was rejected."

UAW leaders from across the nation are meeting in Warren, considering three options:

-Go back to the bargaining table with fiat Chrysler to reshape the contract.
-Take the same contract back to members for a re vote.
-Or, move on to crafting a new agreement with ford or General Motors.

Autoline's John McElroy says the problem was in the presentation.

"I think maybe two things went wrong," he said. "I think the UAW leadership oversold expectations, going to get rid of the tiered wages, and I don't think a leadership to get enough jobs I'm selling the positive aspects of this contract."

UAW President Dennis Williams responded to workers in a statement, saying:

"We don't consider this a setback; we consider the membership vote a part of the process we respect," he said. "We will be meeting with the UAW-FCA National bargaining committee and council to discuss the issues."

In the meantime, workers consider the effects of a strike.

"It's like my company doesn't like me, doesn't love me, doesn't support me," said Anthony Zooper, who works at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. "I feel as if all the work I put in all the time I put in, is all for nothing."

"If we go on strike a lot we're not to be able to feed our families," said Tyrone Smith, who works at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. "A hundred of dollars a week is (not enough money) from the strike fund. So, we've got to do what's best and what's right."

We're only at the beginning of UAW leaders here in Warren, reconsidering what went wrong with this first tentative agreement.

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