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Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles
WSBTV ^ | 2-22-14 | TOM KRISHER

Posted on 02/22/2014 5:08:58 PM PST by smokingfrog

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen. The rejection, by a close vote, was a major setback in the union's effort to expand in the South, where non-union, foreign companies such as VW, Nissan and Hyundai are rapidly growing.

But instead of relief, Detroit's three automakers — Ford, Chrysler and General Motors — are increasingly anxious about the 78-year old union's future.

For them, it's a "devil you know" situation. They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.

Another union might not be as willing to keep labor costs competitive with overseas automakers, says the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are confidential.

Despite talk of a union merger, Gary Chaison, a labor relations professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., says he doesn't see the UAW giving up its identity and history by combining with another organization.

"It's something that the employers always fear," he says.

Spokesmen for Ford, GM and Chrysler declined comment, and a top UAW official says the automakers' worries are unfounded.

Even as it struggles, the UAW remains the wealthiest union in the nation, with assets of more than $1 billion at the end of 2012. Officials point to a revived U.S. auto industry and more hiring at UAW-represented factories, moves that have stabilized membership dues that have been falling since 2006.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: chrysler; ford; generalmotors; liberalagenda; michigan; uaw; union; unions; unionthugs; usefulidiots
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1 posted on 02/22/2014 5:08:59 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
Spokesmen for Ford, GM and Chrysler declined comment,...

Because the story is make believe.

2 posted on 02/22/2014 5:12:07 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Maybe the unions should stop trying to manipulate politics with member money.

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3 posted on 02/22/2014 5:14:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Navy Patriot
Because the story is make believe.

Yep, nailed it.

4 posted on 02/22/2014 5:16:29 PM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: smokingfrog
But instead of relief, Detroit's three automakers — Ford, Chrysler and General Motors

Um, Chrysler is now one of Italy's auto makers.

5 posted on 02/22/2014 5:17:44 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: smokingfrog
Why should it be a problem for automakers? If the people come to work regularly and do an honest day's work at an agreed wage then all is OK.If the workers’ union goes belly up they can blame union hung leadership and/or themselves.
6 posted on 02/22/2014 5:18:38 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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7 posted on 02/22/2014 5:20:01 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: smokingfrog

That’s what they get for playing with leftist snakes.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 5:21:38 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: smokingfrog

Ahh, perhaps the Tennessee vote was a way to get new money in too support the old promises they’d made/ a kind of pyramid scheme. Tennessee ought to feel lucky they escaped by the skin of their teeth.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 5:25:50 PM PST by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: DJ MacWoW
“Take him to . . .”


10 posted on 02/22/2014 5:27:23 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Take Him To...
11 posted on 02/22/2014 5:35:29 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: smokingfrog

Union dues for government employees will be going up.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 6:13:54 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: smokingfrog
Officials point to a revived U.S. auto industry...

BS!

13 posted on 02/22/2014 6:30:41 PM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: smokingfrog
DETROIT — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen

As always...Follow the Money!

14 posted on 02/22/2014 6:33:38 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Navy Patriot

Yeah. I called BS about 1/3 the way through the story. Agree with your assessment. Fairytale.


15 posted on 02/22/2014 6:35:28 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: smokingfrog
Livin' large at Solidarity House ...
16 posted on 02/22/2014 7:10:43 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: smokingfrog

“Ford, Chrysler and General Motors — are increasingly anxious about the 78-year old union’s future”

This known as Stockholm Syndrome.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 7:11:38 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog

Yes, or Abused Spouse Syndrome...


18 posted on 02/22/2014 8:02:00 PM PST by vicdoc
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To: smokingfrog
Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles...geez - most of the "Stimulus" money Obama got in 2009 went to replenish their health and pension funds (and to build hidden slush funds to finance 'rats in upcoming elections) - what kinds of money struggles could they be having????.....
19 posted on 02/22/2014 9:08:48 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: smokingfrog
Employees of UAW who tried to form a union were fired by their union bosses in 1969. Here they are picketing Solidarity House in 1969. Unions are anti-union employers ...
20 posted on 02/22/2014 9:56:50 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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