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Just two weeks after the UAW organized a national strike on GM, the union has turned its collective-bargaining nuke on Chrysler's manufacturing operations. The UAW's set a deadline, giving Chrysler until 11 am Wednesday to finalize contract negotiations. But the deadline doesn't really mean a strike is inevitable. Most who call themselves experts agree it shows Chrysler and the UAW are nearing an agreement, and the union is hoping the deadline will speed up the finishing touches. Even if the contract isn't finalized by the deadline, the UAW can continue hour-by-hour negotiations or extend the current contract. It's just another excuse to see Wert on TV and down a few in the name of punditry. [The Detroit News]