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GM, UAW in it “Together” as Contract Talks Open

But “I’m not afraid of confrontation,” says union chief.

by on Jul.13, 2015

Handshakes and smiles mark the opening of GM-UAW contract talks. Shown in front: GM CEO Barra, UAW Pres. Williams, GM negotiator Clegg and UAW bargaining chief Estrada.

Compared to the last time they squared off four years ago, there was a very different mood in the air as negotiators from General Motors and the United Auto Workers shook hands and offered smiles for the cameras Monday morning, marking the start of their quadrennial contract talks.

As they sat down to hammer out a new contract in 2011, the memory of the devastating recession that drove GM into bankruptcy was still fresh. This time, the giant automaker is generating billions in profits and looking to grow even more. But the UAW clearly wants to get its share of that growth, especially for new GM employees who have been stuck in second-tier status that, noted union Pres. Dennis Williams, barely makes them qualify as middle-class.

A Winning Deal!

In nearly identical blue shirts, Williams and GM CEO Mary Barra wore matching smiles and spoke repeatedly about working ”together” to find “creative solutions. But while he cautioned that a strike was not a goal but a sign of failure, Williams also declared “I’m not afraid of confrontation” during a media Q&A session.


UAW Will Seek Seats on GM, Ford, Chrysler Boards

Union doesn’t believe VW plant’s low wages set new precedent.

by on May.25, 2011

The UAW will seek to get seats on the boards of all three of the Detroit automakers, according to union president Bob King.

The United Auto Workers is preparing to tell General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC it wants seats on the boards of directors of all three companies during contract negotiations this summer.

UAW president Bob King said he did not want to negotiate through the press, but he said as a “general principle,” union members should have board representation.

“I believe there should be workers’ representation on all boards,” King said, noting workers are routinely given a seat on the boards of German companies by Germany’s codetermination law.

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German employees and unions elect members of what is known as the Board of Supervisors, which has authority to hire and fire top executives. By law, workers hold a minority of seats on the Board of Supervisors, while representatives of shareholders hold the majority of spots.


UAW Labor Costs Still Not Competitive

Parity with transplants, especially Koreans, is a long way off.

by on Dec.16, 2009

Smart, flexible, innovative and tough, Gettelfinger for nine years has kept the union moving forward.

Smart and tough, Gettelfinger for nine years has kept the shrinking union relatively intact.

The revised labor contracts that were the result of the Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcies are still not competitive with non-unionized transplants in U.S., particularly those run by Hyundai and Kia that pay as little as $12 an hour, according to the Chief Economist of the Center For Automotive Research. Honda’s costs are estimated at twice that.



At GM so-called first tier jobs for existing workers with benefits cost an estimated $59 an hour.