Possible strike looms as FCA and UAW continue talks

Less than two hours to go until a possible strike by the United Auto Workers Union unless it and Fiat Chrysler can reach a last-minute deal.

So the big question come midnight is will we see employees hard at work on the line or walking off the job, marching with picket signs in hand?

Employees arrived for the afternoon shift at Warren Truck Assembly, knowing full well this could be their final shift before a possible strike.  The UAW gave a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
 

Directions given from UAW president Dennis Williams said if no agreement is reached to continue working. In a statement on Facebook, he wrote:
 
"If NO Agreement is reached:
 
Local Union will be notified. Local leaders will notify you of action.
Continue to work, do not walk out of plant until you hear from your local union leadership."
 
Williams also detailed the process if a deal is reached:
 
"Process - If Proposal is received:
Step 1 - UAW National Bargaining Committee reviews and votes on proposal; if accepted,
Step 2 - UAW National Chrysler Council meets to review proposal and votes on proposal; if accepted,
Step 3 - UAW Local Union committees are presented Tentative Agreement
Step 4 - Informational meetings are held with UAW membership
Step 5 - UAW Membership votes"

"I have no idea, none whatsoever," said one worker. "I hope they come to a reasonable agreement. I don't want to go on strike, nobody does."

The UAW tentative deal that was turned down did not address the two tier pay differences up front, which some workers insist must be ironed out.

"I would like to see the second tier get what they deserve," said another worker. "They implemented that to divide the house and a house divided can't stand."

Several UAW sources indicate strike pay would be $200 per week.

"That would be tight for anyone in America," said the worker.

Many Chrysler employees we talked to who finished their shifts and were heading home said they're hoping they'll be back to work ---biz as usual on Thursday.

"I hope we do get a contract," said Roger Motley at Warren Truck Assembly Plant. "I hope we're back to work tomorrow morning."

One worker in Warren, Marcus King, Jr. said that if the union can't get what it wants, workers are "ready to take it to the next level."

King said that health care coverage is his biggest concern, thinking of his two children.

Stay with FOX 2 for the latest updates as the deadline looms.


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