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A 2007 contract and 2009 amendments to that contract negotiated between the Detroit companies and the UAW represented a major break from past labor agreements and may, in time, achieve greater parity between the domestic and foreign-owned manufacturers.
UAW spokespeople were not available to comment for this article.
"Our members have had to make some tough decisions for themselves and their families and have done so with careful deliberation," said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger.
But the union leadership, including UAW president Ron Gettelfinger, has remained focused on the final ratification votes on a tentative labour contract with Chrysler after that deal was thrown into jeopardy by surprisingly strong dissent by UAW rank-and-file.
He outlines how internal discord and employer resistance nearly drove the UAW out Of GM plants, and only Reuther's decision to mount a risky strike for recognition by the tool and die makers allowed the union to regain its organizing momentum.
In fairness to the UAW, they don't control many of the decisions made by management.
In a move that will save GM $1 billion a year, UAW members voted in November to accept a health-care plan that will require its members to share some of the costs.
The UAW accepted the Ford proposal on condition that the fund saved through the cut in healthcare costs will be earmarked for investment in upgrading the automaker's manufacturing plants and developing state-of-the-art technologies.
The new UAW contracts with Delphi, formerly part of General Motors, and Visteon, formerly part of Ford, include wage concessions to help keep them competitive.
The United Auto Workers (UAW), in the wake of a powerful, spontaneous grassroots rebellion, has publicly backed off of what was supposed to be a behind-the-scenes campaign to secure coverage of "voluntary" abortions in negotiations for a new national contract with automakers.
While there are very significant issues relating to the external environment (such as environmental regulation and exchange rates) and management decisions (such as product definition process, product design and development process and supplier management process), the UAW-Big 3 relationship is particularly critical as the industry moves toward UAW negotiations this fall.