By Bryce G. Hoffman, Christina Rogers and Alisa Priddle/The Detroit News
As United Auto Workers President Bob King prepares to brief local union leaders today on the tentative labor agreement with General Motors Co., attention is shifting to Chrysler Group LLC, where the clock on a one-week extension of the current contract is rapidly winding down.
Talks between the union and the Auburn Hills automaker broke Wednesday after King failed to respond to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s request for a face-to-face meeting to finalize a new contract. King was busy finalizing the agreement with GM, and Marchionne resented being sidelined.
King reached a tentative agreement with GM late Friday and is scheduled to reveal details of the new contract to reporters and, separately, local union leaders in Detroit today. But Marchionne said Monday that no one should expect Chrysler to accept the same terms as GM, where hourly workers will get a $5,000 bonus for approving the contract.