Vote set on proposed UAW-Fiat Chrysler deal

FILE - In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, left, and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams gesture during a ceremony to mark the opening of contract negotiations in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative labor agreement with the UAW. UAW announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Local union leaders will be voting Friday on a proposed deal between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler. The deal averts a possible strike at the company’s U.S. plants.

The UAW says its bargaining committee was able to achieve “significant gains.”

The union announced the agreement just after 11:59 p.m., which was the deadline the union had set to reach a new deal or possibly go on strike. The company confirms the agreement, but says it can’t discuss the specifics just yet.

According to a UAW spokesman, If union leaders approve the tentative agreement on Friday, the UAW will release details and the ratification process will begin.

Last week, UAW members overwhelmingly rejected a previous proposal, saying it didn’t go far enough in restoring benefits workers lost in previous contracts. Union workers made concessions in recent years to help struggling automakers return to health. But now that the companies are making money, members want a bigger share.

The union said in September it had chosen FCA as its target company in the negotiations. Usually the first deal reached serves as a basic template for the other two companies.

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