United Automobile Workers members at Chrysler approved a new agreement with the automaker, the union said today, clearing the way for talks to accelerate at Ford Motor.
The union said 56 percent of assembly workers and 51 percent of skilled trades workers voted in favor of the contract. Voting concluded early today, with Chrysler's plant in Belvidere, Ill., the last to vote. The Belvidere plant rejected the contract with a vote of 55 percent against approval. But that was not enough to defeat the contract nationwide