UAW workers are optimistic a second contract agreement reached between them and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles will be ratified, USA Today reports. About 40,000 workers are set to vote on the new four-year proposal Tuesday and Wednesday after they aggressively shot down the first contract proposal in September.
The first agreement between the UAW and Fiat-Chrysler was reached on September 15 and was denied by 65% of union members, with many workers urging fellow union members to say no to the proposal. Workers were upset the first proposal didn’t address qualms related to the two-tier pay system and were confused by a proposed health care cooperative within it, among other issues.
The attitudes of workers the second time around are much more positive. There has been little to no vocal opposition to the second proposal, likely due to the better efforts the UAW has took to explain the deal to workers and, of course, the improved proposal itself. Facebook has been the prime source for info on the new proposal, with the UAW explaining the contract through Facebook posts and videos.
USA Today says a rejection of the second proposed agreement would be “unprecedented,” and will put the UAW in a position it’s never been in before. Still, many experts believe the contract will be ratified, due not only to the improved proposal, but over negotiations fatigue. One UAW member told USA Today that many workers “just want it over,” and that they are “all getting tired of it.”