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Auto industry update.

About 3,580 members of Local 110 of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) at a Chrysler Corp. plant in St. Louis, MO, ratified a local agreement that guarantees the production of the automakers' next generation of minivans at the facility. (Workers at the plant manufacture the Dodge Grand Caravan, the extended Dodge Caravan C/V, the Plymouth Grand Voyager, and the Chrysler Town and Country.) Under the terms of the agreement, production of the new minivans would begin in 1995. The accord also established job descriptions and safety and health standards for workers, and provided for the installation of a new air ventilation system in the plant.

Elsewhere, Mazda and Local 3000 of the Automobile Workers ended a prolonged, simmering dispute when they agreed to amend the absenteeism policy contained in their 3-year collective bargaining agreement signed last March. The labor contract covers some 3,500 production and maintenance workers in Flat Rock, MI. (See Monthly Labor Review, July 1991, pp. 46-47.) Terms of the accord provided for a $ 1,000 signing bonus, an additional day of vacation in each of the next 2 years, and a $75 increase (to $300) in the bonus for perfect attendance. in return, the parties agreed to a 16-percent cap on all scheduled absences in any work unit on Friday or days preceding a holiday.

In another development, General Motors Corp. and Local 696 of the United Automobile Workers ended a 3day work stoppage involving some 3,300 workers at two Delco Chassis Division brake plants in Dayton, OH. The job action reportedly ended when GM agreed to stop subcontracting work to non-UAW suppliers. (Workers at the two plants manufacture brakes, brake systems, bearings, and suspension systems for other GM plants.)
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Title Annotation:Developments in industrial relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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