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UAW Members Approve First Contract With Vehicle Conversion Firm

June 13, 1988

DETROIT (AP) _ Striking United Auto Workers members approved a contract Sunday with C&C Inc., the union’s first such agreement with the vehicle conversion company, officials said.

Members of Local 4077, representing 651 employees at three plants in Brighton, voted 303-80 to approve the three-year contract, said Nancy Howard, the local’s financial secretary and treasurer.

She said employees would begin reporting to work Monday morning.

Negotiators reached tentative agreement on the contract early Saturday, nearly three days after workers walked off their jobs when talks bogged down. The UAW won the right to represent C&C workers in December.

The strike had halted conversion work on Ford Motor Co.’s Mustang convertibles, Chrysler Corp. models for export to Europe and four-wheel-drive chassis for General Motors Corp., officials said.

″It’s a contract that greatly improves working conditions at the three plants,″ Eddie Fuson, acting plant chairman and a bargaining committee member, said Sunday.

The contract improves salary ranges of $4.50 to $10.50 an hour to about $6.25 to $12.50 an hour and more for some skilled trades workers, Fuson said.

It also provides improved pension benefits and seniority rights, he said.

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