Detroit Free Press, USA Today: Marick Masters on how the GM, UAW contract may effect Ford and FCA

As General Motors waits to see whether 46,000 factory workers will vote in these next few days to approve a tentative contract agreement with the UAW and end a strike entering its sixth week, labor experts and a source with knowledge of the negotiations say Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remain vulnerable to strikes. Fact is, the proposed deal sets a “high bar” for the Detroit Three to meet, said Marick Masters, a business professor at Wayne State University. "It is an expensive agreement for the companies," he said. "At the same time, it becomes clear that the UAW is not going to expect anything less than that from Ford or Chrysler. If either of the two companies would try and negotiate anything substantively different, it would invite a strike.”


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