This is not a great time to be President of the UAW - just ask current incumbent Ron Gettelfinger. Not only is he the target of industry executives blaming the UAW for everything from health-care costs to global warming, but now he's under fire from the union membership, as well.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that mid-level union officials are considering demanding a recount of recent membership votes on health-care benefit concessions for GM and Ford. Both deals passed, but only by narrow margins, indicative of weakening support for union management, which has been accused of giving away too much in recent dealings with GM, Ford, Delphi and Visteon.

As they move into negotiations about even tougher issues - layoffs and plant closings - it will likely become even more difficult for union management to maintain the support of the rank and file. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place...

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