Hell Mo, We Won't Go: Chrysler Workers Reject New Contract
God knows how the United Auto Workers' leadership thought they could strip the already contentious GM contract of its job guarantees and sell it to 45k Chrysler members. While the union was entranced by another multi-billion dollar [s]bribe[/s] contribution to the Mother of All Health Care VEBA Superfunds, Chrysler workers were listening to WII-FM (What's In It For Me?). Despite a [s]whack on their heads[/s] six-hour strike, some members have decided the contract isn't in their best interests. The AP is reporting that UAW workers at Chrysler's St. Louis (MO) plant have rejected the new deal by a staggering 80 percent. Their thumbs-down follows a thumbs-up by 800 workers at Chrysler's Kinosha (WI) engine plant– by an equal though opposite margin. Interestingly, only 1400 of 2100 Missouri workers voted (disinterested or fear of reprisals?). AP reporter Jim Salter didn't speculate on the final outcome, but he did set the scene for the struggle to come: "The votes come as UAW officials in Detroit stepped up efforts to convince the rank-and-file to approve the pact in the face of dissent by a top bargainer." We'd love to know the exact nature of those "stepped-up" efforts.
sounds like this might get interesting. maybe they will go for an 8 hour strike next time.
Well, we are the Show-Me state. Perhaps they want evidence of this stellar deal that was struck for them?..you know, instead of strong arm tactics and a fully lootable superfund?