Automotive News is reporting that Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have extended contract negotiations for an additional four weeks. The talks are bent toward a new wage and benefit pack that will impact around 23,000 workers. Previously, Chrysler and the UAW were operating under a one-week extension that expired on Wednesday, September 21, and the new extension allows the union to focus its effort on talks with Ford.
Automotive News reports that those negotiations may be a bit more complicated than those with General Motors and Chrysler for several reasons.

To begin with, the UAW expects Ford to give back many of the concessions that union workers made in 2007 and 2009 as Ford tightened its belts during the economic slump. Those concessions included a wage freeze and a stop on any cost of living increases. Ford, meanwhile, wants to increase profit sharing and bolster its bonus structure in place of increasing its fixed labor costs.


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      DeBinder
      • 3 Years Ago
      What matters is how the public reacts to these UAW contracts. I have read over and over again on different venues that the answer to that question is simple: If you support the UAW, you buy UAW-made vehicles. If you don't support the UAW and all it stands for, you buy something else. Keep in mind that all the domestic auto manufacturers make some of their cars in Mexico and that is certainly not UAW-made. Also, many foreign transplants like Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota, Honda and Nissan have their vehicles made in America, by Americans, for Americans. There is plenty of choice here. Exercise your freedom of choice!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DeBinder
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      There has got to be a way these companies can escape this BS. With so many people looking for jobs, there's got to be plenty of willing and able scabs in the event of a strike. The scabs could become permanent nonunion employees and those still out picketing would be left with their d1cks in their hands. How sweet would that be!
        TelegramSam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        What are are basically suggesting is a race to the bottom with wages. If you owned a business, and wanted to outsell a competitor, you could just undersell them into the ground, right? Just that simple, huh? Oh wait, you might not be able to support yourself if you undersell too vigorously. The same is true, with employees who would just take less than their union counter-parts. A saturated labor market is great for employers, but bad for employees (most of the middle class). Americans need higher wages on average, not lower.
          Ducman69
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          There are plenty of very successful non-union plants right here in America... Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, etc. The employees are fairly compensated according to the skill and training required for their labor, and the companies are sustainable without the need for bailouts from the public.
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TelegramSam
          underselling UAW employees wouldn't be very hard with their current wages and benefits, and the non-union replacements would certainly still come out ahead as compared to unemployment.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      To hell with Unions. Outdated ideas. Everyman has a right to assemble, but these people have got to see there is no need for thier union with todays laws and policys. They end up costing more harm then good!! Financially and spiritually.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      The UAW logo should be redone as a bunch of fat guys with their hands around the throat of the auto-industry.
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        KDAWG
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ever heard of labor laws? We aren't in the '20s anymore, unions are mostly irrelevant. The UAW is a scourge on the Automotive industry.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          The corporations are the ones to decide what to do with their money. They also have to AGREE to the union contract that THEY SIGN TOO. They can choose not to agree to it, if it is truly as impossible as you claim. However, if they make such a decision, they will have to deal the consequences for it. You are claiming that they should not have to deal with consequences for marginalizing their labor force.
      Sportbike
      • 3 Years Ago
      The UAW should change that logo from hand in hand to hand out
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      When Ford's debt is returned to sustainable levels that are equal to the competitive average of like sized companies, then and only then should anyone be asking for more. This isn't Oliver Twist and a bowl of wheat here! It's business! If the UAW wants to get "fair" wages for everyone at a true current market competitive rate then they shouldn't forget to divide current US wages versus other countries . I'm sure UAW workers already make multiples of the global average wage.
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