UAW and Stellantis close to tentative agreement in Illinois | US unions

Top negotiators from the United Auto Workers union are close to a tentative agreement with Stellantis and will outline to local union officials on Saturday terms including reopening the automaker’s Illinois assembly plant, two people familiar with the matter said.

Stellantis shuttered its assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, early this year, leaving 1,300 workers without jobs.

UAW is expected to unveil details of the tentative deal later on Saturday, which will have provisions on the use of temporary workers, the sources said, adding Stellantis has agreed to significant product commitment and investment.

The deal to reopen the Belvidere plant is contingent on expected state and local tax incentives, they said.

Ford Motor Company and the negotiators of the UAW union reached a labor deal on Wednesday, pending union leadership approval.

That deal was the first tentative settlement of strikes against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, which makes Chrysler and Jeep models.

More than 45,000 union members working at the Detroit three automakers have joined historic walkouts that began on 15 September.

Reuters contributed reporting

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