UAW to Retirees: "Read My Lips: No New Healthcare Costs"
As the UAW contract negotiations heat up, so does the rhetoric. The Detroit News quotes UAW vice-president Cal Rapson on retiree health care costs: "I can tell you one thing, we are determined not to put any more costs on retirees for their health care." The comment, made during a speech at the opening of a labor exhibit at the Sloan Museum, was just what the retirees in attendance wanted to hear. If the automakers are successful in negotiating a UAW-run VEBA superfund for retiree health care, Mr. Rapson may find out it's not that easy administering anyone's health care benefits, let alone those with the demographics of retired autoworkers. It'll be interesting to see how long the UAW keeps promising no out-of-pocket increases when they're the ones responsible for paying the bills.