The UAW, and its position on a possible acquisition of the Chrysler group by GM has been widely cited as a major roadblock in the process. Besides being the head of the UAW, Gettelfinger also has a seat on the supervisory board of DaimlerChrysler. He did say that rumors of the possible sale surprised the hourly workers who were just expecting to hear details of Chrysler's cost-cutting plan.
Gettelfinger also addressed Ford wanting special concessions in its upcoming summer contract talks by saying, "They just went through this huge financing. They've got a ton of cash. They've got great leadership at the top of that company," "They've made some tough decisions but so have we. That company is in great shape." We're not sure what websites Mr. Gettelfinger is reading, but we've yet to find one describing Ford as being in "great shape".
[Source: Automotive News, sub req]