Chrysler has had its fair share of troubles with transport companies of late, but a reported plan to switch to non-union delivery could make for even more labor headaches down the road. Bloomberg reports that United Auto Workers boss Bob King will stand behind the Teamsters in the event Chrysler attempts to eliminate one of the country's longest-standing unions from its car delivery business. King spoke to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at their Las Vegas convention last month, telling the crowd that Chrysler was planning to buy $5 million worth of transport trucks to give to a non-union company. King then went on to assure the Teamsters that the UAW was behind them, adding "We're going to fight together to make that 100 percent union, 100 percent Teamster."

While automakers rarely (if ever) look for union troubles, this potential rift could have especially bad timing. Chrysler and other domestic automakers enter talks with the UAW on a new labor contract later this month. The new contracts will be the first since General Motors and Chrysler exited bankruptcy and the UAW is expected to try to win back some concessions made over the past few years.


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      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      That guy (King) just looks shady and creepy. I know that doesn't really matter but its fitting.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anytime there is an article about any union on this site the pitchfork tea party shows their ass#s, get a life you worthless and jobless fox news drones.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @darkness
        No it's pretty much logic. If you can tell me why an HS dropout who smokes weed and drinks during his breaks deserves a higher hourly rate and better comp than a lot of starting careers for someone who has years of post-grad school and experience, than please tell me. Back in the day when I worked fast food, I didn't demand they pay me $40 an hour, plus sick pay, plus vacay, plus pensions, plus insurance (of every kind) and somehow I made it. I'm sick of people like you who just want a giant organization to hold every company in a chokehold until they pay the employees whatever they want...it's insane.
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Evan McMiller
          Maybe you chose the wrong field to work in, maybe you thought that you was told good to work in a factory, good luck my friend.
      Ron Faldik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey..wait another year and they can hire their stooge Obama to drive for them. He will be jog hunting!
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ron Faldik
        Hopefully Bachmann or Palin will do a better job
          brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          A better job of what? Shooting their mouth off about things of which they know nothing, misstating history, or quitting?
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          WTH ?
      xmailboxcancerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm tired of this man and the union he represents. I encourage Chrysler (and every other automaker out there) to STAND UP to these bags of uselessness ... it's time to start taking back control of your own company/destiny instead of allowing unionized labor to continue being one of the major stumbling blocks on the road to innovation, better business, better products and a better economy.
      edgardocamposmota
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe the UAW should get their **** together first. Chrysler, GM, Ford need to stand up for themselves. I'm sick and tired of the UAW thinking they can dictate every single employee aspect of The Big 3's business. And also, the UAW needs to do something about the people who have been drinking/smoking during their breaks. It's unacceptable behavior and the fact that the UAW stand up for these people sickens me.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The UAW needs to be shut down.
      Matt Frawley
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am happy Chrysler made dumped to UAW. I knew Chrysler is conservative party like republican party. UAW is liberal 100%. I knew non-union payment to workers got lot of money. UAW paid cheap to workers. I am anti union and anti liberal. I support non union group. I knew UAW leader Bob King is stinky liberal.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      This kind of BS makes my blood boil. Transport decisions should be made with no regard for union vs non-union.
      Eric Bassett
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/174624/how-much-do-uaw-workers-really-make/stephen-spruiell Link is to the New York Times (the pro-union liberals, so it is probably an underestimate). You can live on $73 an hour ($40 of it is cash, so $83,000 a year or $114,400 with health and pension counted). Don't forget the profit-sharing checks too. And people think these unions are protecting workers from dangerous cotton gins and sweatshop labor like in the early 1900s... Protecting consumers from decent prices
        darkness
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Eric Bassett
        Yes you can make 83k a year........with lots of OT and scheduled Saturdays and we took a pay cut and it was supposedly to make prices go down, guess what they didn't, don't blame unions because your broke and miserable.
      Bryant Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well perhaps Chrysler is looking for drivers who arn't getting stoned and drunk in the local union parking lot?
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        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm a so called liberal, and I don't unions. How does that color your world?
        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you happen to have a good paying non union job, with a median income you can thank a union. If you believe in social security, medicare and public education you can thank a Democrat.
          • 3 Years Ago
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        Craywulf
        • 3 Years Ago
        Liberals don't inherently support Unions. Stop making poor generalizations.
          • 3 Years Ago
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