DETROIT (AP) -- Thousands of Chrysler workers have started walking off the job.
This, after the automaker and the United Auto Workers union failed to agree on a tentative contract before the 11 a.m., Eastern time, deadline set by the union.
The strike would be the first by the UAW against Chrysler since 1997, and the first against Chrysler during contract talks since 1985.
There's no official word yet from the union or from Chrysler on whether a nationwide strike is under way. The union had said without an agreement, about 49,000 workers would leave their jobs at 24 U.S. factories and other sites.
The UAW struck GM for two days before agreeing on a tentative pact last month. There's still no agreement with Ford.
SITUATION AT BELVIDERE CHRYSLER PLANT:
Right now Chrysler employees at the plant in Belvidere are not going on strike because they are on a temporary shutdown.
There were rumors that they might strike but they are not.
We have a crew on the scene and we will bring you updates tonight on the 23 News at 5pm.