UAW warns it may strike if members reject contract agreement reached last week

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Posted on October 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

(WHAS11) -- The UAW is warning Thursday it will seek a strike if members reject the contract agreement reached with Ford last week.

It comes after the majority of UAW workers at two Michigan plants voted "no" earlier this week.

It’s also reported that UAW workers in Chicago have rejected this contract as well.

If the deal is not ratified by members the thousand jobs announced last week that are expected to come to the Louisville assembly plant could be in jeopardy; because, those jobs are tied directly to that contract.

In a Facebook posting the UAW says:

"... if the agreement is not ratified, (Vice President Jimmy Settles) will ask the International Executive Board to authorize a strike.  If so, he will then give 72 hour notice to the company that we intend to strike."

A UAW activist who is against the contract says a strike is fine with him.

“If it means going on strike, if that comes down to that, if that's what it takes to stop the downward spiral, to regain our concessions, are we ready to do that? I think a lot of workers are telling me, they are,” Gary Walkowicz, UAW bargaining committeeman, said during a phone call to WHAS11’ Joe Arnold.

The UAW is backtracking on another Facebook post saying that settles expected Ford to quote "hire scab laborers" if UAW members reject the contract.
 
The union says it expects the contract to pass. The UAW locals that voted this week and all approved the contract. Louisville's members vote early next week.
 

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