The UAW will shorten the voting window for its new contract proposal with Fiat-Chrysler from two weeks to two days, The Detroit Free Press reports. In September, the two-week voting window saw some voting results leak out before all UAW members had voted, making it obvious the contract was being overwhelmingly voted against and compromising the votes of workers who had yet to cast their ballot.
This time around, the nearly 40,000 UAW workers set to vote on the new contract proposal will have to cast their vote from October 20 to October 21. The first agreement was rejected by 65% of UAW members after two weeks of voting that began in mid-September and ended on September 30.
Fiat-Chrysler and the UAW reached the second tentative agreement last Wednesday, just barely averting a strike. The union is now tasked with spelling out the new contract to its workers before voting takes place later this month. They’ve hired a well-known PR firm to help them spread the word on social media, and is also holding local meetings to better explain the contract.
“We are making regular updates on our website and Facebook page, and local leaders across the country are beginning to hold informational sessions in plants so that members can fully understand what is – and isn’t – in the new tentative agreement,” UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said in a statement earlier this week.