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UAW, Fiat-Chrysler still at the bargaining table after all night marathon

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Fiat-Chrysler and the UAW are still at the bargaining table Tuesday, as the two sides look to hash out a new collective bargaining agreement for auto workers.

Talks ran through the night as the UAW’s 2011 contract with all three Detroit automakers expired at midnight.

The UAW announced indefinite contract extensions with Ford and GM on Monday.

Shortly after midnight Tuesday, the UAW announced it’s also extending the current contract with Fiat-Chrysler on an “hour-by-hour basis.”

UAW President Dennis Williams chose Chrysler to lead this round of collective bargaining.

If and when the sides reach a deal, it will serve as a model for new agreements with GM and Ford.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne canceled his trip to the Frankfurt Auto Show to be in Michigan for the talks.

Major issues include health care costs, profit-sharing, and the contentious two-tier wage system for older and newer line workers that’s unpopular within the UAW ranks.

Though it’s considered unlikely, the UAW has authorized members to strike if there’s no agreement.  

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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