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June 19, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Chrysler may get the same healthcare concessions from the United Auto Workers that its Detroit-based competitors received two years ago. Union President Ron Gettelfinger said Monday that the UAW must find a way to give Chrysler a deal similar to what it gave Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. in 2005. "We've been talking to Chrysler quite frequently. We do need to find a way to fix the problem there now that Chrysler is in a downward mode," Gettelfinger said on a Detroit radio show.
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BUSINESS
May 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United Auto Workers union said it received a guarantee that the pension fund for Chrysler workers would get an additional $1.2 billion as a result of the pending sale of the struggling automaker. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said both Chrysler's current parent, Germany's Daimler, and its next owner, Cerberus Capital Management, would contribute to the pension plan.
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April 19, 2007 | From Reuters
United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, who sits on DaimlerChrysler's board, said Wednesday that he would press the German carmaker to keep its U.S.-based Chrysler Group unit. Gettelfinger, speaking to reporters at Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., said the union believed that it was still an option for Daimler to retain Chrysler despite a sale process that began in February and has been credited with pushing shares of DaimlerChrysler sharply higher since.
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March 29, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
The United Auto Workers union rejected wage concessions proposed by Delphi Corp. and a group of private equity firms, jeopardizing a $3.4-billion investment aimed at pulling the auto-parts maker out of bankruptcy protection. "It was a pathetic offer," UAW Vice President Cal Rapson said of the 29-page offer from the company and six investors led by Cerberus Capital Management. If the investors walk away, Delphi may ask a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to scrap the UAW contract.
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March 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
General Motors Corp. will seek relief from its $68-billion post-retirement employee healthcare obligation in contract talks with the United Auto Workers union, according to an annual report filed with federal regulators. In the filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, GM said that healthcare was its largest competitive disadvantage and that the burden could grow.
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September 9, 2006 | From Reuters
DaimlerChrysler said it was unable to reach an agreement with the United Auto Workers union on reducing the company's U.S. healthcare costs. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said the union had ruled out granting Chrysler the rollback concessions won by General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. DaimlerChrysler said it would spend $2.3 billion on healthcare this year, making that the company's largest single fixed cost.
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June 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
With four of the most challenging years in the United Auto Workers union's history in front of him, Ron Gettelfinger was elected to a second term as UAW president. Gettelfinger, 61, who joined the union as a chassis line repairman, will lead the union through what may be contentious 2007 contract talks with the Big Three domestic manufacturers. He also must deal with corporate downsizing plans and continued efforts to move labor to countries with lower wages.
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June 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The United Auto Workers union voted to tap its $914-million strike fund to pay for recruiting new members. The amendment to the union's constitution, approved by voice vote at its convention in Las Vegas, allows the international leadership to spend as much as $60 million from the strike fund mainly for organizing during the four years between conventions. UAW membership peaked in 1979 at 1.5 million. It dropped to 676,000 in 2002 and now stands at less than 600,000, according to the union.
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June 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger on Monday challenged his union to battle corporations that declare bankruptcy and export jobs, and he singled out the Bush administration as a major political foe. In his speech to about 1,300 delegates at the UAW's 34th convention at the MGM Grand casino-hotel, Gettelfinger also warned of difficult times ahead as the union fights to preserve a middle-class lifestyle won during the last 70 years.
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