• Apr 29, 2009
According to a post on The Detroit Bureau, a key stipulation in the tentative contract reached between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler is that the union's right to strike will be all but eliminated for at least the next few years.

As quoted in the story, Harley Shaiken, a labor relations specialist at UC-Berkeley, notes that the so-called "no strike" portion of the agreement was arrived at "in the context that it will take anywhere from three to five years for this company to recover." According to TDB, the provisos of the bridge loan means that a strike would be viewed as a default on the agreement, including any local strikes.

The same contract apparently calls for binding arbitration (instead of strikes) on financial issues for any contract arrived at in 2011, and the same arrangement will be in effect in 2015 if Chrysler still owes money to the Treasury Department.

The contract goes in front of the UAW's 28,000+ members for a vote today. Click on the link below for more details.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau | Source Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      tpfilm
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM Worker #1: Man, management really straightens my curlies. Can't believe they actually want us to work now.

      GM Worker #2: Right? I thought things would change under new owners.

      #1: We should strike!

      #2: Shhh.... The board meeting's starting...

      Obama: I call the GM Board meeting to order. 1st order of business: that pesky, non-conformist, capitalistic company down the street: Ford!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So who do they hire as scabs when they're striking against themselves? UAW members?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice photoshop. It took me a second to notice it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow didn't see that coming. How do they black mail the car companies now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems more than fair to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      UAW striking against UAW Motors? Inconceivable.
      • 5 Years Ago

      So if the UAW owns GM and Chrysler, doesn't that mean that Ford will have to negotiate with their competitors when it comes to labour talks?

      Shiny.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's already over for Ford. How are they going to compete against other companies whose backers can print capital at a whim? It's like Wells Fargo stating profits for q1 - oh, that's ignoring the fact that they had 25b~ish worth of cash infusion. That doesn't sound like profit to me...

      Or worse, if Ford does fine or better against the govt/UAW owned companies without having used funds, they'll have to be put in their place - that is, out of business.

      Those who took the money are realizing the Faustian bargain they made. Those who didn't take the money are realizing they are now the enemy.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What would they possibly have to strike over? They have taken the house!

      They own the auto companies, with their partner, the US Gub'ment.

      They are getting every last thing they want, handed to them on a platter, and now have no one to strike against, but themselves.

      So now it is easy PR to say they won't strike, when it is a foregone conclusion.

      Parasites.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We're not Gonna Protest! We're not Gonna Protest!

      Gutter is a Tool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And it only gets better from here. Just think about the mass exodus of jobs coming when the Unions and Obama get CardCheck passed. Bye Bye Foregin manufacturers. They will leave before allowing unions to organize.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a power grab by the union bosses and the government. The Feds are going to pay off the union leaders to pass anythign they want. The workers are going to get screwed and they won't be allowed to strike.

      It is amazing that this deal is being allowed to go through. Who's going to stop it though. The government gets what it wants and the union leaders get a big fat paycheck. Works great for the criminals who run our country and corporations.
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