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Fiat Chrysler avoids strike with new tentative contract

October 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has avoided an expensive strike at its U.S. plants after reaching a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

The union 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. The two sides negotiated the deal late until the night.

Details of the agreement weren't immediately released. Local union leaders will vote on the tentative agreement this Friday at a meeting in Detroit.

This is the second agreement FCA and the union have reached. Last week, UAW members overwhelmingly rejected a previous tentative agreement, saying it didn't go far enough in restoring benefits workers lost in previous contracts.

The UAW represents around 40,000 FCA factory workers at 23 U.S. plants, including more than 7,000 in Kokomo.

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