The leaders of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union are schedule to meet
this morning in Detroit, with a press conference scheduled for 11:15,
according to the Detroit News. Local leaders will reportedly
discuss with UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and other union officials
the union's position on renegotiating its workers' contracts with
General Motors (GM), Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler LLC. All three
automakers, in the reorganization plans submitted to Congress
yesterday, said they intend to re-open their 2007 labor agreements with
the union. Union compensation has been a sticking point in the
companies' requests for government aid, since workers at foreign-owned
automakers, who are not covered under UAW contracts, are said to
receive considerably lower hourly compensation than their UAW
counterparts, a fact that the UAW disputes in a Q&A section on its
website. The UAW presently represents 139,000 active workers.
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