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The Latest: UAW extends Ford, FCA contracts, but not GM

SeattlePI.com Friday, 13 September 2019 ()
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the possibility of a United Auto Workers strike against General Motors (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

The United Auto Workers union has extended its national contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, but the pact with General Motors is still set to expire on Saturday night.

GM has been picked as the union's target company, meaning it's the focus of bargaining and will be the first company to face a strike. The four-year contract with GM will expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Experts say a strike against GM is likely given the wide gulf between the union and company on wages, plant closures and other issues.

One Detroit local union hall already has posted picket line schedules with no dates attached.

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11:50 a.m.

A strike against General Motors looms large as contracts with the United Auto Workers and Detroit's three automakers is about to expire.

The union's national agreements with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. The union has picked GM as its target company.

It's possible that contracts will be extended or an agreement is reached. But 49,200 UAW members also could walk out of GM plants next week.

Experts say both sides are far apart, with workers wanting a bigger slice of record company profits and automakers seeking to cut labor costs that are higher than U.S. factories owned by foreign-based companies.
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News video: UAW extends contracts with Ford & FCA indefinitely amid GM negotiations

UAW extends contracts with Ford & FCA indefinitely amid GM negotiations 02:46

The UAW has extended its contract with both Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles indefinitely while the union continues to negotiate a new contract with General Motors.

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