Mitsubishi and UAW agree on new labor pact

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2010

A new labor pact has been reached by Mitsubishi Motors North America and the UAW, setting the stage for the carmaker to allocate a new vehicle platform to be produced at its assembly plant in Normal, Ill.

Last Thursday, the UAW and Mitsubishi issued a joint statement, disclosing that the pact gives job security to UAW members and “continues the long-standing partnership between MMNA and the UAW into the future." They didn’t provide further details about the pact.

And until an official announcement is made about the carmaker’s future plans for the plant, the parties won’t be speaking due to their confidentiality agreement.

This new labor agreement suggests Mitsubishi plans to build a new vehicle at the Illinois plant, where the Galant, Endeavor, Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder are currently assembled.

These models are built on Mitsubishi's aging PS platform, a strategy that is actually in contrast to the carmaker’s goal to offer smaller, fuel-efficient cars globally.

The UAW Local 2488's website indicated that about 77% of the 1,100 UAW-represented workers at the plant voted in favor of the agreement.

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