The UAW rank and file are turning down the Chrysler contract. Local by local they are voting against it.
Chrysler needs an edge. so it got itself one. It promised to keep some US plants open, even after the new contract expires in 2011. It is a gutsy move and may be risky. But, it is probably better than a strike or renegotiation of the contract that is up for approval. And, 2011 is a long time away. Chrysler management may find some way to re-cut the deal over the next few years.
Reuters calls that secret deal with the UAW a, "undisclosed understanding between the union and the privately held automaker." The union calls it a bribe. But, it will probably take it.
Douglas A. McIntyre