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Unions Losing Negotiating Foothold In Auto Industry

Law360 (October 25, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The slim margin by which members of the United Auto Workers ratified a four-year contract agreement with Chrysler LLC is indication that in the troubled auto industry, unions are having a harder time negotiating with companies, pointing to what could be a bumpy ride for future negotiations, including the union's ongoing negotiations with Ford Motor Co.

According to numbers released by the union on Saturday, just 56% of production workers and 51% of skilled trade workers cast ballots in favor of the collective bargaining agreement with...
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