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Belvidere Chrysler plant union rejects contract deal with Fiat Chrysler

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (WREX) -

   DETROIT (AP) -- United Auto Workers union members have rejected a proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler in a rebuke of union leaders who had praised the deal.

   Late Wednesday, members at the last plant to vote in Belvidere also turned down the contract. The local union's website says 65 percent of the 2,980 workers who voted were against it.

   Official totals weren't released, but workers at many other factories voted against the pact by large margins.

   UAW leaders summoned local presidents and bargainers to a meeting in Detroit Thursday to decide the next move.

   They could go on strike, continue bargaining with Fiat Chrysler or shift their focus to General Motors or Ford.

Union workers at all three companies have stayed on the job under contract extensions since Sept. 14.

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