The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative four-year contract agreement with DaimlerChrysler AG early today (Sept. 15) but the UAW told members employed at General Motors, Ford and supplier firms Delphi and Visteon to report to their jobs as usual today, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The new agreement with DaimlerChrysler will be subject to a ratification vote by the UAW membership in a week or two, the newspaper reported.
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said the agreement with DaimlerChrysler will set the pattern for agreements with GM and Ford and their now-independent supplier firms, Delphi and Visteon.
A long work stoppage at either GM or Ford could eventually interrupt the flow of component parts, especially to motorhome chassis suppliers.
However, the UAW wants to avoid a strike because it believes strikes hurt its membership recruitment efforts at the nonunion Japanese and European auto assembly plants in the U.S.