UAW President: U.S. Auto Worker New Hires May Not Be Able To Afford Cars They Build- 05/31/10
By Doug Cunningham
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger acknowledged in a recent Detroit Automotive Press Association event that it’s an open question whether newly hired auto workers can afford to buy the cars they’re making. New hires are paid $14 an hour under concessions approved by the union under Gettelfinger’s leadership. Still, Gettlefinger defended the concessions saying the union had to do it to get to tomorrow. He says the UAW will look to make gains where it can in U.S. auto industry contract talks next year.