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UAW chief tries to dispel fears

by David Zatz on

FCA US and the United Auto Workers (UAW) will resume negotiations soon. In the meantime, Dennis Williams, the head of the UAW, wrote a note to the membership to contradict rumors that the union was losing jobs and health-insurance benefits:

UAW and FCA…For someone to suggest we endorse products going to Mexico is just nonsense. We have been fighting NAFTA and other trade agreements every day and are still fighting.

We know that health care is a challenge because of the rising cost of medical and pharmaceutical benefits…. We DO NOT want another VEBA or a Taft-Hartley for active auto members. We believe that healthcare should be provided by the employer.

What we do want is to find a way to use our collective numbers and knowledge to be ahead of healthcare inflation rather than to just wait for insurance and pharmaceutical companies to simply hand over a bill to fill their own pockets. That’s why we wanted to create an opportunity to work together, using centers of excellence, giving members a real choice for their families without passing on cost.

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Finally, outside groups like to stir people up. You, our members need to make decisions based on what’s best for you and your families. No one else has to pay the price of a strike. No one else will lose a paycheck or a home.

We met with the UAW-FCA local union leadership at great length and are fighting to address your issues taking everything into consideration with all the challenges.

… We are going to continue to bargain on your behalf. We are also going to tell the whole story. This is a very serious situation. … 

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