By on September 4, 2015

The UAW is disseminating a message of hope on its YouTube channel, letting the members know the negotiations are going to be rosey, everyone is getting a pony, and you absolutely totally shouldn’t question their ability to negotiate better contracts.

(Also, the UAW has a YouTube channel. I guess it’s a lot cheaper than inviting members out to a golf course to let them know what’s going on.)

The video uses some incredibly strong, forceful language to let the members know that the negotiators mean business.

“The message is we’re working really hard, working really hard for them. Understood, this isn’t a contract year of concession. It’s really, truly just the opposite, and that’s exactly how we see it,” said Romeo Torres of Local 509.

Other quotable moments include:

“Just have the confidence in your negotiators. They’ll do a fine job for you.”

“I think the members should be realistic about this contract.”

“We’re going to try to get the best contract we can get.”

“I really, truly believe this is going to be a great agreement…hopefully.”

Sizzling stuff, there.

Your UAW Ford negotiators, everyone!

[via The Detroit News]

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20 Comments on “UAW to Members: “This Isn’t a Contract Year of Concession” [Video]...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    That’s good news for Mexico.

    • 0 avatar

      With this team on your side, who needs a union?

      • 0 avatar
        koshchei

        Go back to writing stories about failing to buy a car, and leave writing about collective bargaining to the people who understand North American political and economic policy and how it relates to the labour movement.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      And next year we can anticipate Sergio Marchionne to make his acquisition-play for GM.

      That public action alone will definitely PO the UAW and they will petition and lobby the US govt to prevent that consolidation from ever taking place.

      For the record, I’m in favor of consolidation in the US auto industry.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    The usual mole hill = mountain reporting at TTAC. Maybe if they would have coined the title of the video with a QOTD or incorporate the word ‘slut’ or phrase everything with a question, it would garner TTAC editorial approval?

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      Don’t you know? Anything the UAW says, does, or even doesn’t do is reasons why they’re awful, icky, and full of cooties! Oh TTAC…You never fail to keep me firmly planted in my seat and with a drink comfortably in my hand to laugh at when these stories come up.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    They should hire Kessler and the NFLPA legal team.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    God, that was sad. Nothing but vague, clichéd platitudes in a losing football coach’s vocabulary.

    My people are focking dead.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Their primary concern seems to be how they’re perceived by the people whose dues they squander.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Do they have nukes pointed at China? If not, I don’t know how much leverage they have anymore. Why aren’t these guys gone already??

  • avatar
    mikey

    Union leaders , are first , and foremost …..politicians. Politicians , for the most part , tell the electorate “what they want to hear”. The rank, file , aren’t stupid, they are very much aware, that it’s all rhetoric , and “sabre rattling”

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      mikey – true and unless one is directly affected by something, people are totally apathetic to the leadership or how things are run.I should add that applies equally to unions or the general populace.

    • 0 avatar
      ect

      Spot on, mikey. The usual political posturing, aimed both at revving up the rank and file, while impressing management that they’re going to have to open the wallet. Everyone sees through it, but those involved feel compelled to do it anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      Agreed, mikey.

      As a great professor of mine once said, the pendulum swings back and forth, often to extremes, throughout history.

      At this point, objective and fair minded citizens of the U.S. (and Canada), be they left or right on the political spectrum, should be able to agree that labor is getting beat up, capital is being treated very favorably, and the whole system is completely out of whack, skewing the wealth inequality gap to ludicrous extremes.

      I think of myself as centrist, and am an independent, as I believe both U.S. political parties are systemically captured by special interests (many of these special interest groups, such as the Wall Street/Banking lobby, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, Weapon Manufacturers, etc., have invested nearly an equal amount into the coffers of both Republicans AND Democrats, btw), and I can see that labor (those who work for a living; aka as the class formerly known as the middle class) is getting screwed relative to capital (those who invest for a living, or as is often the case, those who manage investments – OPM – of others, and get paid whether they achieve negative or positive returns).

      And you’re correct in that the UAW “leadership” has not done a very good job of advancing their members’ interests.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    With the announcement of Buick importing many of their future products from China the handwriting is already on the wall. What is to stop Ford or FCA from importing Chinese made vehicles in the future? The UAW has lost the battle and will not survive in the long run.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Jeff S,
      I read a very interesting article in relation to the recent upswing in US vehicle production.

      Even though the US is “manufacturing” a couple more million vehicles a year of late, the actual size of the auto workers has not made any significant increases.

      The author of the article stated that it is the components manufacturers that are off shored and not the assembly plants.

      The article concluded with 75% of all components that are used to manufacture a vehicle in the US is coming from Mexico and/or China.

      Lets not forget the Chines have lost 25 million manufacturing jobs since the late 90s. This doesn’t even factor in the recent slowdown in China.

      Believe it or not it’s Mexico that putting up the biggest fight with the TPP (Trans Pacific Trade Pact) in relation to protection of it’s auto industry more so than the US.

      Now the shoe is on the other foot the Mexicans don’t want competition. Odd they fought for NAFTA and free trade and yet the Mexicans don’t want a freer market to operate in.

  • avatar
    walleyeman57

    Contrast the UAW to unions in Japan or Germany. Rather than working to bankrupt the hand that feeds them (pretty well based on most of the members I know) these other unions work to help make the company more profitable, improve quality, and police their own ranks.

    Here the UAW will fight to keep your job when you and your homies drink and smoke weed on the lunch break.

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