Chrysler Workers: UAW Contract Blows
“This contract is garbage. It’s a suicide pact. It lowers pay and continues to let the company outsource work. I’m not losing too much because I’m going to retire soon, but what about the next generation?" That's the no-holds-barred opinion of "John," a Chrysler worker at the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. It arrives courtesy the World Socialist Web Site, who polled a sampling of the union members who [eventually] voted down the proposed Chrysler – UAW agreement. "Craig" felt "The UAW is trying to be a big powerbroker on Wall Street at our expense. They must think that we are illiterate and unable to read what the contract says." "Charles" expressed his displeasure with the proposed two-tier wage system. "The older you get and the more seniority, you should be able to get those [higher paying] jobs. Now they are going to be paying half the wages. I just don’t think it is fair.” "Juli" was upset about the idea of a union-controlled health care superfund. “It scares me to think that the union is going to be in charge of the retiree health benefits. There is a huge amount of money waiting for them." Mark Fiedler sees the same downside. “I am totally against the VEBA. The way the union does things it probably will not be around in 10 years. Then we will have nothing left.” Whether or not the UAW contract goes through, the two-tier, job guarantee-deficient proposal is leaving a lot of disgruntled workers in its wake.
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