UAW's Secret Deal With Chrysler

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

Even as Chrysler workers consider rejecting the contract their union is shoving down their throats negotiated on their behalf, reports of a secret deal between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Chrysler have emerged. Reuters says that the UAW VP General Holiefield is telling Local leaders that he's made a secret deal with Chrysler to keep certain U.S. plants open if they'll ratify the contract. One of the plants mentioned: Chrysler's enormous Sterling Heights, Michigan assembly plant. Curiously, Chrysler declines to comment on the mysterious agreement– which would virtually guarantee ratification of the current contract. The big question remains whether the membership trusts the union enough to believe it can deliver on a handshake deal that isn't written into their contract.

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  • Yankinwaoz Yankinwaoz on Oct 23, 2007

    Its not worth the paper its not written on.

  • KixStart KixStart on Oct 23, 2007

    And if you tell people about something, it's not "secret."

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Oct 23, 2007

    This just in: toll booths around the country are being pulled up as it was just realized the voters were promised the roads would become free once paid for. Film at 11.

  • NBK-Boston NBK-Boston on Oct 23, 2007

    Strangely, in Connecticut they did just that a while back (i.e. rip out toll booths because their parkways had been paid off). Of course, roads cost money to maintain, too, and toll is not a bad way of paying for that (ongoing) cost. As to this "deal:" It smells five ways to fun day. I wouldn't trust it, but hey, I'm a pedant who likes to see things in writing, for starters.