Chrysler CEO says UAW delaying new contract

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 11:38 PM
Chrysler CEO says UAW delaying new contract

Chrysler is unlikely to reach an agreement on a new contract with the United Auto Workers before a midnight deadline Wednesday.

In a sharply worded letter obtained by The Associated Press, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne blames United Auto Workers President Bob King for the delay.

Marchionne says he was prepared to finish negotiations before Wednesday's 11:59 p.m. deadline. But he says King didn't come to the table Wednesday night.

A message seeking comment was left with the UAW.

Marchionne plans to travel out of the country and won't be back for another week, but says he would agree to extend the contract for a week. The UAW can extend workers' contracts. Chrysler workers can't strike under an agreement made when they took government bailout money in 2009.