UAW contract keeps plant open.
ontract keeps plant open Some 5,600 workers represented by the Auto
Workers (UAW) at the Toledo, OH, plant of the Jeep Division of the
Chrysler Corp. ratified a revised labor agreement that will keep the
plant open. Under terms of the contract, which expires September 14,
1992, certain work rules were changed to enable the outdated plant to
run more efficiently. Chrysler was given more leeway to make work
assignments for employees involved in assembling duties and in
correcting abuses of the unlimited sick leave program at the plant. The
sick leave abuse problem was addressed by including a "handicap placement letter" in the revised contract. A UAW representative
explained, "Say you have a person out with a short-term injury like
a cut finger. That worker could be out on the street for weeks. All the
[handicap placement] letter says is that workers should work if a doctor
determines that they are able." The decision to ask for medical
determination of fitness will be made jointly by the union and Chrysler.