Guarding the Henhouse, UAW Style
Does the UAW have its own version of a hanging chad? After telling TTAC they weren't concerned about union votes being reported in percentages rather than absolute numbers, the Detroit Free Press reports some United Auto Workers (UAW) members are questioning the lack of oversight in the voting on the new Chrysler contract. Chrysler retiree and union activist Larry Christensen summed up their fears: "I know that the people that run the balloting process are the same people whose fundamental interest is for this to pass. Because of that you can't help but wonder if it wouldn't be different if there were independent oversight of the process by the membership." The UAW declined to discuss the union's efforts (if any) to ensure the accuracy and security of the contract ratification process. With the fate of the UAW and Chrysler hanging in the balance, you can bet there will be a lot of questions about the outcome, regardless of which way it goes. Perhaps the union should enlist the services of former president Jimmy Carter to monitor their next "democratic vote" over at Ford.