Ford has the most American workers per hour among the three. And Fiat Chrysler has the most temporary workers. Gm`s interim agreement on these issues therefore disproportionately affects both competitors. The UAW will begin ratification of its contract proposal with GM on Saturday, with workers voting across the country until October 25. Assuming the agreement is reached, the union will then turn its attention to either Ford or Fiat Chrysler. While both companies will look for ways to tailor an agreement to their individual needs, the union will strive to largely follow the economic model of the pact with GM. William Gould IV, professor of law emeritus at Stanford University and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, said: “I think the temptation for Ford will be to say that they should have victims of compensation and/or ancillary benefits that the UAW cannot afford because the circumstances are different. Ford will put a lot of pressure on the UAW, given the dynamics. If benefits go up, there is a greater incentive to shave costs.
This is why the problem of job security could be urgent in the coming years, with a decline in car sales. Agreements at Ford and General Motors Co. include wage increases, changes in new wages and the path to full-time work for temporary workers – conditions that will be more expensive for Fiat Chrysler because its staff is newer and fewer of them earn the highest wages, say labor experts. Detailed terms of the preliminary agreement have not been released, but are expected to reflect those under the new contracts with GM and Ford, since the UAW generally uses the first deal as a model for others. The union is planning a series of virtual ratification meetings for the weekend to give its members information on the proposed agreement. Voting is expected to begin at 10 .m Sunday, Unifor said in a press release. While General Motors is waiting to see if 46,000 plant workers will vote in the coming days in favour of a tentative agreement with the UAW and end a strike that will enter the sixth week, labor experts and a source with knowledge of the negotiations say Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remain vulnerable to strikes. “The strategic cooperation agreement with Ford is a new milestone in our strategy, which requires targeted alliances to share financial and industrial resources on new products and platforms,” said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Fiat Auto Group. “It follows in the footsteps of successful companies created with important partners such as PSA Peugeot Citroen and Suzuki, and ongoing discussions with the Indian group Tata Motors.” “There needs to be health care reform and a more labour-friendly trade policy.