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Losses hit UAW pocketbook

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Losses hit UAW pocketbook

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

The loss of rank and file members by the UAW has also put the union’s finances under stress, forcing the UAW to reduce its staff, according to a report distributed to delegates attending the union’s 35th Constitutional Convention in Detroit.

“We can no longer operate with the level of staff and physical infrastructure that we maintained when we had upward of 700,000 members, as we did a decade ago,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger wrote in the report, which was provided to about 1,200 delegates on Sunday and Monday.

This year, the UAW cut its UAW International staff by 130 through attrition and an early retirement incentive this year and now has a total staff of about 325 at its headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

Gettelfinger touched on the UAW’s finances on Monday during his retirement speech at Cobo Center in Detroit.

“Your International executive board took the necessary steps to shore up our union financially,” Gettelfinger said. “Without reducing our ability to service our membership, organize, and be involved politically and legislatively, our board cautiously considered every expenditure.”

According to the report, several sub regional offices were closed, workers at the Dave Miller Building on Jefferson Avenue were moved to the union’s headquarters and the union put its educational center called Black Lake in Onaway, Michigan up for sale earlier this year.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100615/BUSINESS01/100615013/1210/Losses-hit-UAW-pocketbook

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