• Mar 19, 2009
Despite rumors to the contrary, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger is getting off the merry-go-round in 2010. The embattled union head honcho had been rumored to be considering seeking a third four-year term, but Gettelfinger himself has since gone on record saying that such notions are "totally untrue and totally unfounded." Instead, he will retire at age 65 next year in accordance with UAW policies.
There is no word yet on who will replace Gettelfinger next year, and if the current economic and auto industry malaise continues, whoever succeeds him will assuredly be stepping into a very difficult position. In the meantime, Gettelfinger will continue to work with the Detroit 3 and other union officials to try and protect worker benefits and compensation packages.

[Sources: DowJones via CNNMoney.com; Detroit News | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Mission Accomplished"
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is going to be a very tough time for unions. Since their main effect is to drive manufacturing costs up in this increasingly globalized economy, this results in a comparative disadvantage with their competitors, which results in ever decreasing market share. To survive manufacturing jobs have to be moved to countries with lower labor costs and less regulation. How long will union members pay dues to an organization driving their jobs offshore? Apparently until their jobs are gone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps this wil give him the freedom, flexibility and courage to do what is necesary to save the companies and his union while he remains in office for the last year.

      Changing debt for equity contributions to VEBA, moving up the pay comparability to the transplalnts from late 2010 to late 2009, and changing Union plant rules, across the board, to increase flexibility equal to what has been done in some plants, would certainly help, the companies and Union survive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My personal opinion is that the two biggest threats to our economic future are labor unions and frivalous lawsuits. Both make it real hard for anyone to justify investing in a new business, especially in industry.

      Think about it. If you had a million dollars in cash, would you start a manufacturing company in this climate?

      It's not just about the pay to the workers, it's about the culture of mediocrity they create in shops. Workers should strive to be better and to embrace new technologies. Ones that don't cut it should be able to be easily fired.

      I think that American workers should be paid well, but they should also strive to be the best in the world. What we have is a situation where we want to be paid more and produce less. It can't work that way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I speak for Christians and Atheists alike when I say:


      THANK GOD!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ron got stuck representing the UAW at the absolute worst time in its history. I don't envy the guy one bit. Tough job.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You do have a point but he probably could of done more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      John and Gman,
      I agree with both of you. The management has been in bed with the progressives for so long, it actually believed the progressive poluticraps was going to keep them protected. Instead of coming to grips with the changing market, they kept to their usual corruption with the politicraps. Well now the UAW is really in bed with the governmnet poluticraps and now the American car industry is going to change as Obama promised. The politicraps can even run a simple postal business let alone an auto manufacturing business. Well you UAW guys, all I can say is you have really made your bed, and now your going to have to lie in it. Oh Gettelfinger, I do have a something for you. Those South Korean auto manufacturers manufacture at least two of there models right here in the US, so don't go giving us a sob story, about how tuff it has been. Because your union has provided millions of dollars to the progressive nut balls on capital hill, all of us ate going to see change right in our life styles, right to the gutter. The UAW and AFL-CIO forgot its mission statement many years ago, and you have become a good part of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's not exactly retiring. L. Ron Middelfinger will quietly trek into the Porkies. There in a secret ceremony, he will ascend and meet VEBA, overlord of the UAW. The only thing left will be his moustache, which will be collected by the Tribe of Stewards and transported to Valhalla aka Solidarity House on East Jefferson in Detroit. There, the faithful will be allowed to pet the sacred 'stache and catch the faint wafting of beer, wurst, and Obama' ass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet he wishes he`d been able to retire last/this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's to you Ron, from one of the boys you represent:

      I don't think there has been another leader since Ruther himself who has done more for the Union. You will be missed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Couldn't come soon enough! That guy is a first-class idiot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GUARANTEE the next guy will have a mustache too.

      Hey I know, maybe now's a time to get rid of the UAW altogether??!
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