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Ford is up next in UAW talks


DETROIT — United Auto Workers members passed a four-year contract agreement with Chrysler LLC on Saturday despite significant dissent from some workers, the union said.

The union said 56 percent of production workers and 51 percent of skilled trades workers voted for the pact. The percentages voting in favor were much higher among clerical workers and engineers represented by the union.

The new contract covers about 45,000 active workers at Chrysler and more than 55,000 Chrysler retirees and 23,000 surviving spouses. It will expire on Sept. 14, 2011.

UAW and Chrysler bargainers reached the agreement Oct. 10 after a six-hour strike. The deal came the same day the union announced that General Motors Corp. workers had approved a similar contract.

Many workers opposed the agreement because it establishes lower wages for some non-core, non-assembly workers.

The union now turns to Ford Motor Co., the last automaker to negotiate in this year’s round of contract talks. Talks with Ford were expected to proceed throughout the weekend. 

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