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General Motors Corp. and Delphi Corp., GM’s former captive parts subsidiary, both reached tentative agreements today (Sept. 18) with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, the Detroit Free Press reported.
DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Co. and Visteon Corp., Ford’s former captive parts subsidiary, all reached tentative agreements with the UAW earlier this week.
All of the agreements cover the next four years and would replace the labor contracts that expired Sunday night (Sept. 14).
All of the agreements must be ratified by UAW members.
It now appears extremely unlikely there will be a UAW strike, which could have interrupted the supply of certain key components to motorhome manufacturers.
The UAW leadership and many rank-and-file members had little appetite for a strike this year because the domestic automakers have been loosing market share to Japanese and European competitors and the union leadership felt a strike would hurt their recruiting efforts at transplant auto factories.
Much of the bargaining this year was over management’s right to close or sell older, inefficient factories, or to lower output to bring it more in line with retail demand.