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Detroit Adding More Jobs, Says UAW’s Gettelfinger

Union boss delivers strong praise for domestic makers.

by on May.24, 2010

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger is taking a more proactive role in dealing with the Detroit Three.

United Auto Workers Union President Ron Gettelfinger sees more new jobs in the U.S. auto industry as the nation begins its slow economic recovery and praises the current Chief Executives of the Domestic car and truck manufacturers.

Speaking to the Birmingham Senior Mens Club the outgoing head of the UAW said the Big Three are focused on product and committed to growing manufacturing in America.  His comments were surprisingly upbeat and positive about industry management – a sharp contrast with the many past rebukes delivered by the union.

Regarding the domestic manufacturers, Gettelfinger called the Ford Motor Company team assembled by Chairman Bill Ford and President and CEO Allen Mullaly “second to none.”

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Gettelfinger said General Motors CEO Ed Whittaker is progressive and committed to growth in the US.  He cited the decision to build the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range eletric vehicle, and the establishment of a factory to build batteries in Michigan as a major plus for the state and the nation.

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