In a lunchtime rally organized by the UAW, 700 Chrysler designers and other professionals gathered to demonstrate their solidarity. Chrysler's recent 'success' has prompted these salaried members of UAW Local 417 to step up the pressure on the manufacturer. Chrysler has about 5 contracts that are still locked up in dispute at their headquarters in Auburn Hills. Issues that are still contentious include the reinstatement of merit increases and limitations on outsourcing both to suppliers and offshore companies. While Chrysler is doing better, this sort of good times are far from guaranteed. I understand the heartache over merit increases and outsourcing pressures, and it does seem that they are being treated unfairly.



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