- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The threat of a strike is looming as Fiat Chrysler and the United Auto Workers continue negotiating a new contract.

The union sent a strike notice to FCA Tuesday. Factory workers could walk out as early as 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

A strike notice doesn’t mean a walkout will happen. The union could reach a new agreement or could delay action. It could also choose to call off workers only at some key plants.

Union members overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement with the company last week, saying it didn’t go far enough in restoring benefits that workers lost in previous contracts.

FCA and the UAW have been bargaining since then. They were still talking early Wednesday afternoon.

The contract represents around 40,000 workers at 23 plants in the Midwest.

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