Contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and the Big Three auto makers tentatively are set to begin five weeks from today, company officials said today.
Contracts between the UAW and each of the Big Three expire Sept. 14, the first time in 11 years the three contracts have had common expiration dates.
Company officials who declined to be identified said the talks will open with General Motors Corp. July 18, with Ford Motor Co. July 19 and with Chrysler Corp. July 20.
In Canada, talks between the three companies and the Canadian Auto Workers union are expected to get under way the next week. Those agreements also expire Sept. 14.
Traditionally, as the deadline draws near, the UAW selects a “target” company on which to focus efforts and suspends talks at the other two.