|Watkins said he was afraid conditions that the Bush administration included in the loans tied to cutting labor costs meant workers would have to make more concessions. The UAW made what were seen as landmark give-backs on healthcare and other issues in a new contract with automakers in 2007.|
"We've already made so many concessions," he said. "What other concessions can we make? What have we left to give?"
The UAW wants to work with the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama to reverse those conditions. But many workers on Friday said they felt resigned.
"I guess we'll have to make concessions," said Linda Tinch, an inspector, shivering in the biting wind. "I don't care any more. What choice do we have anyway?
Steven Haughton said he didn't much mind either. "As long as they don't mess with our healthcare, I'm fine," he said.
But Edward Bedwell, a metal repairman, said UAW-represented workers' best chance of keeping their wages and benefits was hanging on for Barack Obama to take office.
"Obama will help us more than Bush," he said. "We'll still have to make concessions under Obama, but he cares about us more than Bush does."
Saturday, December 20, 2008
UAW members think Obama won't make them change.
Nation: I would say they are 99% sure of Obama making them do absolutely nothing and they get a card check to force unions on businesses. A win win.