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FCA and UAW agreement creates 7,900 jobs but none in Belvidere

(WREX) Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers union reach a collective bargaining agreement.

FCA ratified the agreement Wednesday.

The company says it builds on its success, with $9 billion in investment and creates 7,900 new or secured jobs. FCA says it has created 6,500 new UAW-represented jobs in the last four years and will add 1,400 more jobs in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. In a press release sent Wednesday, the company also added that it has more UAW-represented jobs than any other manufacturer.

When 13 WREX reached out to FCA to ask if any of those 1,400 jobs would be coming to Belvidere, the a company spokesperson said in part, "At this time, we do not expect to create any new jobs there."

On May 6, 1371 workers were laid off from the Belvidere Plant. Then in August, the plant temporarily shut down due to lack of orders.

FCA is investing in its Michigan plants. In February, the same time it announced layoffs in Belvidere, it announced a $4.5 billion investment in those factories. That investment included a new state-of-the-art, sustainable assembly plant in Detroit.

“We wouldn’t be the company we are today without the contributions of our UAW-represented workforce, and this contract recognizes and rewards their dedication in helping us achieve that success,” Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, FCA North America, said in a news release sent on Wednesday. “Working with the UAW, we are pleased to have reached a new agreement that allows us to continue our record of adding good-paying UAW-represented jobs, building strong families, investing in our communities and offering exceptional vehicles to our customers.”

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James Stratton

James Stratton is the Evening Anchor at 13 WREX and reports for 13 Investigates He joined the team in August, 2018 after working at KWQC TV-6 in Davenport Iowa. His work in Illinois and Iowa has been awarded in both states, along with Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards at 13 WREX.

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