Ford Chicago UAW local rejects contract: official

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Posted: Oct 13, 2011 7:23 AM

DETROIT (Reuters) - Workers at a major Ford Motor Co auto plant in Chicago overwhelmingly rejected the proposed United Auto Workers-Ford four-year contact, a local union hall official said on Thursday.

Of the 2,317 Chicago Assembly Plant workers casting ballots, 77 percent voted to reject the proposed deal, said Scott Houldieson, secretary-treasurer of UAW Local 551.

Ford and the UAW reached a tentative deal on October 4 that calls for profit-sharing and signing bonuses rather than wage increases for veteran workers. UAW local unions representing about 41,000 workers will vote on the contract through October 18.

Earlier this week, UAW Local 900, which represents nearly 3,000 workers at three plants near Detroit, narrowly rejected the proposed contract.

General Motors Co workers in late September ratified their new four-year contract, which is slightly less generous than the proposed Ford pact.

On Wednesday, Chrysler Group LLC and the UAW reached a tentative deal that is less generous than GM's contract. UAW officials said that Chrysler's 26,000 UAW-represented workers will hold ratification votes over the next two weeks.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)