UAW approved tentative contract

DETROIT (AP ) – Local union leaders voted overwhelmingly Monday to recommend approval of a tentative four-year agreement between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler LLC, paving the way for a vote by members, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said.

Chrysler’s national UAW contract covers about 45,000 active workers and 78,000 retirees and spouses. A majority of active workers must vote on the contract for it to take effect.

Several union leaders said there was some dissent over the contract’s job security provisions, which were less extensive than those in a contract reached earlier between the UAW and General Motors Corp.

”It was not unanimous, but it was a big vote for it,” said Ross Rushing, a shop committeeman from Local 72, who said he was satisfied with the deal. ”Our bargaining committee did the best they could.”

The voice vote came after a four-hour meeting at which national bargaining committee members explained the deal to several hundred local leaders.

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