“With negotiations at General Motors complete and talks at Ford on hold, the United Auto Workers union is moving on Chrysler with an old weapon in its pocket -- a strike threat,” states a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP) posted on IndustryWeek.com today.

“UAW members have authorized a strike against a key engine plant, setting the stage for a possible end run around the no-strike clause embedded in the 2009 agreement with the federal government that salvaged Chrysler Group from bankruptcy, union officials confirmed Monday,” stated the AFP report.

“This doesn’t mean there is going to be a strike,” Robert Cabina, president of UAW Local 723 in Monroe, Mich., told AFP. “Only the UAW executive board can authorize a walkout. But workers at the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance [egine plant] in Dundee, MI, voted to strike if necessary to get an acceptable new contract,” the report added.

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