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Chrysler workers consider October 15 strike

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Chrysler employees tell 13 News there are talks among union workers at the Belvidere plant of possibly walking the picket lines later this month.

The employees we talked to say they are waiting for Chrysler to open up talks about their collective bargaining rights and local union contract. They claim the union has reached out to Chrysler several times, but talks have not started, so they may have to strike to get Chrysler's attention.

Many workers are concerned about a possible strike, since they say it has not been sanctioned by the international union yet.

"If it's sanctioned, you know, our jobs are guaranteed and you know we still get some pay, but if it's not sanctioned, then we're kinda on our own and we don't get any pay," said Chrysler Employee Michael Alty. "Other people are like they don't know how they're going to feed their kids. A lot of people don't have money saved, like me. I don't have that much saved, so if it does go on strike, you know, we're gonna take a pretty big hit," said Alty.

13 News reached out to Belvidere's UAW Union president, but did not hear back.

A Chrysler spokesperson tells 13 News they will not comment on the matter.

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