UAW workers appear to have rejected Fiat Chrysler contract

Sergio Marchionne, Dennis Williams
FILE - In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, left, and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams shake hands during a ceremony to mark the opening of contract negotiations in Detroit. The United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler have reached a tentative deal on a new contract for about 40,000 workers that will serve as a pattern for pacts with General Motors and Ford. Terms of the deal were not disclosed Tuesday, Sept. 15, but both sides said a news conference would be held later in the evening with Williams and Marchionne. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — It appears that United Auto Workers union members have voted down a four-year contract deal with Fiat Chrysler.

Members at large assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, rejected the pact in voting Tuesday.

Most other factories also turned down the contract. A final vote total could be announced later Wednesday after balloting ends at a factory in Belvidere, Illinois.

Plant-level union leaders were summoned to Detroit for a meeting Thursday to decide the next move.

About 40,000 union Fiat Chrysler employees have been working under a contract extension since Sept. 14. The new deal had pay raises but didn’t end a lower wage rate for those hired after 2007. Workers also are concerned about shifting car production to Mexico and replacing it with trucks and SUVs.

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