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UAW sets strike deadline for Monday morning

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9.24.07, 11:18am

UAW Strikes GM
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The United Auto Workers launched a national strike today against General Motors Corp. after 10 days of marathon bargaining failed to produce a new labor pact for the automaker's 73,000 hourly U.S. workers.

The stunning move came after the union told its members on Sunday they were to walk off the job unless they heard otherwise by 11 a.m. That word never came, and now GM is facing its first strike since the UAW struck the automaker's operation in Flint in 1998.

"Unless you hear otherwise from your International Union and Local Union leadership, you should consider yourself on strike at 11:00 a.m."

Local union officials echoed the alert less than an hour before the deadline.

Chris Sherwood, president of UAW Local 652 in Lansing, said this morning it doesn't look good for heading off a GM strike.

"I doubt they will reach agreement," he said. "The UAW leadership called me Sunday night and told me we were going on strike unless we tell you differently. Before they'd tell me to wait for the call and then go on strike.

"It doesn't look good. We've been meeting with management on how to calmly close down the plant. We're ready to man the gates."

At 11 this morning inside GM plants across the nation workers will get signal from local UAW committeeman who will walk down line and inform workers whether they should walk or stay on. If a strike is called, workers will immediately leave the building and most already have assigned picket duties.

Most locals, including Local 599 in Flint, are filled with officers and volunteer retirees who are putting together hundreds of picket signs. The signs read "UAW on strike," "We support our top negotiators," "Americans have rights," and "NAFTA bankrupts America."

At Local 599, the picket signs are lined up on folding tables in the hall's lobby, just in front of huge murals that celebrate this union's militant background of sit-down strikes and mass marches.

The mood in the hall among local officials is that of gallows humor, with a handful of local officials standing by joking about decreases in healthcare and who will be "left standing" at the end of the day.


9.24.07, 12:25am

UAW sets strike deadline for Monday morning
Union expected to ask GM for guarantees of future production at U.S. plants


DETROIT - The United Auto Workers set a deadline of Monday morning to strike General Motors Corp. if a new contract isn’t reached, even as the two sides continued bargaining late Sunday night, according to a local union Web site.

The deadline to reach an agreement was set for 11 a.m. EDT Monday, according to a posting on the Web site of UAW Local 160 in Warren.

GM said in a statement Sunday night that it is working with the union to resolve issues.

“The contract talks involve complex, difficult issues that effect the job security of our U.S. workforce and the long-term viability of the company,” said the statement, which was posted on a GM Web site. “We are fully committed to working with the UAW to develop solutions together to address the competitive challenges facing General Motors. We will continue focusing our efforts on reaching an agreement as soon as possible.”

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said as recently as Friday that the union was trying to speed up negotiations and reach an agreement without a strike. The union may be trying to ratchet up the pressure on GM to get a deal done.

The UAW’s contract with GM was set to expire Sept. 14, but the union has been extending it on an hour-by-hour basis since then.

A local UAW official said earlier Sunday that negotiators have wrapped up work on most issues and were determining how much money GM must put into a trust fund for retiree health care that will be managed by the UAW. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

The health care fund — known as a Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association, or VEBA — would be a groundbreaking change for the auto industry and has been the major issue in this year’s negotiations. GM has around $51 billion in unfunded retiree health care costs but the company isn’t required to put the full amount into the VEBA. The UAW and GM have been wrangling over how much GM should put in and how much can be paid in cash or in stock.

This breaking news story will be updated.

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20903218/ Edited by Flybrian
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Well, this is complete BS on the UAW's part. If they want to work along with GM so badly on contract talks, then why don't they continue the negotiations with GM without striking? This is the last straw for me! From now on, I will still buy GM vehicles, but only vehicles built outside the United States (since there are no non-UAW GM plants in the USA). I hate to do that, but the longer we support these parasites, the longer they will stay. I support America and GM but I DO NOT support the UAW in any way, shape, or form.

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the UAW is just using their main leverage. It's just what they have to do to present as strong of a negotiation as they can. They have a lot against them this time around, and GM has done their share of hardball. I want to see concessions made by the UAW, but don't expect them to give the farm away, or not play some hardball right back.

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By all means , STRIKE! GM would love a week or so of downtime to cut back on inventory. The UAW is so stupid. they are more worried about their retiree benefits that the job security of their current members or the ability of GM to grow the business and add new jobs. Of course, GMs executives don't do themselves any favors by giving themselves bonuses and maintaining their perks.

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I'm guessing the union leaders are trying to look tough by announcing an 11:00 am strike and will have a deal just before the deadline. I'm praying the UAW doesn't screw this up. While GM has plenty of vehicles in stock not building anything probably costs them millions of dollars a day.

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Well, this is complete BS on the UAW's part. If they want to work along with GM so badly on contract talks, then why don't they continue the negotiations with GM without striking? This is the last straw for me! From now on, I will still buy GM vehicles, but only vehicles built outside the United States (since there are no non-UAW GM plants in the USA). I hate to do that, but the longer we support these parasites, the longer they will stay. I support America and GM but I DO NOT support the UAW in any way, shape, or form.

Parasites !?! You got a lot of nerve! Who's the parasites here? It's non-uniion workers who have benefitted the most from what unions have long fought for! (40 hour work weeks, holiday pay, overtime pay, safety regulations, etc.) I bet you've never worked in a really hard job a day in your life. Try working on an assembly line, or mining coal, or working in a bucket truck on power lines. You might see why you would want to have a union watching your back for you then!

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Parasites !?! You got a lot of nerve! Who's the parasites here? It's non-uniion workers who have benefitted the most from what unions have long fought for! (40 hour work weeks, holiday pay, overtime pay, safety regulations, etc.) I bet you've never worked in a really hard job a day in your life. Try working on an assembly line, or mining coal, or working in a bucket truck on power lines. You might see why you would want to have a union watching your back for you then!

It's amusing that non union auto workers like Toyota's receive better pay and benefits than UAW workers? They also aren't causing more manufacturing to be taken out of the country like the UAW does.

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Parasites !?! You got a lot of nerve! Who's the parasites here? It's non-uniion workers who have benefitted the most from what unions have long fought for! (40 hour work weeks, holiday pay, overtime pay, safety regulations, etc.) I bet you've never worked in a really hard job a day in your life. Try working on an assembly line, or mining coal, or working in a bucket truck on power lines. You might see why you would want to have a union watching your back for you then!

No offense man, but I've held blue collar jobs most of my life and I still despise unions. My grandfather was an avid Teamster supporter, but my experience has been that now unions just serve as a harbinger of "good enough" when our 'global economy' (which is a joke in the first place--- I know) demands excellence.

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Parasites !?! You got a lot of nerve! Who's the parasites here? It's non-uniion workers who have benefitted the most from what unions have long fought for! (40 hour work weeks, holiday pay, overtime pay, safety regulations, etc.) I bet you've never worked in a really hard job a day in your life. Try working on an assembly line, or mining coal, or working in a bucket truck on power lines. You might see why you would want to have a union watching your back for you then!

I have worked in the auto sales business all my life and have worked harder than the vast majority of assembly line workers. From washing cars when I was a kid to managing customer relations AND the IT department now (which includes computer programming, network integration, etc.) I have more niche skills that I worked my a** off to get than ANY factory line worker. Long hard days at work AND long hard days through college to receive my MBA have payed off well for me. I have never joined a union and never will, because my pay is based off of what I am worth and what I worked hard for. Listen, most people appreciate what unions have done for America in the 1800's and some of the 1900's because it's unions that have established all the employment laws. All unions are doing now is demanding WAY more than they deserve for their jobs and hurting our economy. This isn't the 1800's any more! That is the spot-on definition of a parasite, and I anxiously wait for the day when unions are purged from our country.

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I have worked in the auto sales business all my life and have worked harder than the vast majority of assembly line workers. From washing cars when I was a kid to managing customer relations AND the IT department now (which includes computer programming, network integration, etc.) I have more niche skills that I worked my a** off to get than ANY factory line worker. Long hard days at work AND long days hard through college to receive my MBA have payed off well for me. I have never joined a union and never will, because my pay is based off of what I am worth and what I worked hard for. Listen, most people appreciate what unions have done for America in the 1800's and some of the 1900's because it's unions that have established all the employment laws. All unions are doing now is demanding WAY more than they deserve for their jobs and hurting our economy. This isn't the 1800's any more! That is the spot-on definition of a parasite, and I anxiously wait for the day when unions are purged from our country.

I have to agree to these points...and in the 'Global Economy' we are in, you cannot pay a guy $50-70 an hour to screw lug nuts on a car and be competitive in the market. It is just not feasable any longer. When you are building cars alongside Toyota, who is not under union constraints - something has to give. Of course, when Hillary and Obama give us all free healthcare, won't all of this Union posturing be for not anyway? After all, the Government will be taking care of us for the rest of our lives! :AH-HA_wink:

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They really don't realize they're sealing their own fate, do they?

(UAW)- "hmmm, this goose lays golden eggs... if i kill it, its probably full of golden eggs!!!"

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Apparently members were told to leave at 11am if they hadn't heard anything. Detroit TV is reporting no calls have been made yet so everyone is leaving.

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Apparently negotiations are continuing, but some are walking out. Appears to be some confusion.

confusion within a union? I'm shocked LOL

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Apparently negotiations are continuing, but some are walking out. Appears to be some confusion.

Oh no, there is no confusion. The UAW's idea of negotiation is if they don't get what THEY want at the exact time THEY want it, they walk out. No matter if they both still are talking it out. I wonder when GM gets a true global production base, if they can just lock out the workers at an exact time no matter what and just build vehicles elsewhere until the UAW finishes the talks with them. The UAW would be in an uproar.

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See what happens, UAW.

I would LOVE to see GM pull out a HUGE production announcement soon, even though it won't happen (at this moment), I still can dream.

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