Why Couldn’t United Auto Workers Union Come To Deal With GM? | MSNBC

Why Couldn’t United Auto Workers Union Come To Deal With GM? | MSNBC


TALK LIVE WITH DEMOCRATIC A CONGRESSMAN WHO SERVES ON THE CONGRESSMAN WHO SERVES ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.>>>ANOTHER MAJOR STORY IS THE>>>ANOTHER MAJOR STORY IS THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION STRIKE UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION STRIKE SET TO START TONIGHT AT SET TO START TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. MIDNIGHT. ROUGHLY 49,000 MEMBERS OF ROUGHLY 49,000 MEMBERS OF GENERAL MOTORS PLANTS WILL STOP GENERAL MOTORS PLANTS WILL STOP WORKING. WORKING. LAST NIGHT, THE UNION ALLOWED LAST NIGHT, THE UNION ALLOWED THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT TO EXPIRE. AGREEMENT TO EXPIRE. THIS IS THE FIRST STRIKE IN A THIS IS THE FIRST STRIKE IN A DOZEN YEARS WHEN GM WORKERS WERE DOZEN YEARS WHEN GM WORKERS WERE OUT FOR TWO DAYS AND COMES AFTER OUT FOR TWO DAYS AND COMES AFTER CONTRACTED NEGOTIATIONS BROKE CONTRACTED NEGOTIATIONS BROKE DOWN. DOWN. WAGES, HEALTH CARE, TEMPORARY WAGES, HEALTH CARE, TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, JOB SECURITY AND EMPLOYEES, JOB SECURITY AND PROFIT SHARING. PROFIT SHARING. THESE WERE ALL SOME OF THE THESE WERE ALL SOME OF THE ISSUES ON THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. ISSUES ON THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. GM SAYS IT OFFERED WAGES MORE GM SAYS IT OFFERED WAGES MORE THAN $7 BILLION U.S. INVESTMENTS THAN $7 BILLION U.S. INVESTMENTS AS WELL AS 5,400 JOBS. AS WELL AS 5,400 JOBS. NOW, IT’S CALLED THE UNION’S NOW, IT’S CALLED THE UNION’S DECISION TO STRIKE QUOTE DECISION TO STRIKE QUOTE DISAPPOINTING. DISAPPOINTING. JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF JOINING ME TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THIS. THIS. THERE HAVE BEEN MONTHS OF THERE HAVE BEEN MONTHS OF NEGOTIATING. NEGOTIATING. WHY DO YOU THINK THE SIDES WHY DO YOU THINK THE SIDES COULDN’T COME TO SOME SORT OF COULDN’T COME TO SOME SORT OF DEAL? DEAL?>>>EVEN THOUGH GM LAID OUT A>>>EVEN THOUGH GM LAID OUT A LOT OF ITS PROPOSAL TODAY, WE LOT OF ITS PROPOSAL TODAY, WE DON’T KNOW A LOT OF THE DETAILS DON’T KNOW A LOT OF THE DETAILS OF IT. OF IT. IT SAID IT COMMITTED TO BEST OF IT SAID IT COMMITTED TO BEST OF CLASS HEALTH CARE WHICH AUTO CLASS HEALTH CARE WHICH AUTO WORKERS HAVE, BUT WE REALLY WORKERS HAVE, BUT WE REALLY DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S AS GOOD A DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S AS GOOD A PLAN AS WE HAVE CURRENTLY OR IF PLAN AS WE HAVE CURRENTLY OR IF GM IS STEPPING BACK A LITTLE GM IS STEPPING BACK A LITTLE BIT. BIT. IN A BROADER SENSE, OUR WORKERS IN A BROADER SENSE, OUR WORKERS HAVE BEEN UPSET WITH GM SINCE HAVE BEEN UPSET WITH GM SINCE NOVEMBER WHEN IT ANNOUNCED PLANS NOVEMBER WHEN IT ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SHUT DOWN FOUR U.S. PLANTS TO SHUT DOWN FOUR U.S. PLANTS AND A CANADIAN PLANT INVOLVED, AND A CANADIAN PLANT INVOLVED, TOO. TOO. THEY FEEL LIKE THAT WAS A THEY FEEL LIKE THAT WAS A VIOLATION OF THE PREVIOUS VIOLATION OF THE PREVIOUS CONTRACT. CONTRACT. GM SAID MARKET CONDITIONS GM SAID MARKET CONDITIONS CHANGED. CHANGED. THE AUTO WORKERS HAD BEEN UPSET THE AUTO WORKERS HAD BEEN UPSET THAT THE NEW BLAZER SUV IS BEING THAT THE NEW BLAZER SUV IS BEING ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO EVEN THOUGH ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO EVEN THOUGH THE ENGINES ARE BUILT IN THE THE ENGINES ARE BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES. UNITED STATES. IN SOME WAYS, WHEN THAT IN SOME WAYS, WHEN THAT HAPPENED, IT SEEMED LIKE WE MAY HAPPENED, IT SEEMED LIKE WE MAY HAVE BEEN HEADING TO THIS POINT HAVE BEEN HEADING TO THIS POINT ALL EALONG. ALL EALONG.>>THE STRIKE DOESN’T INCLUDE>>THE STRIKE DOESN’T INCLUDE FORD AND CHRYSLER. FORD AND CHRYSLER. DO YOU THINK THIS COULD BE A DO YOU THINK THIS COULD BE A SIGN OF MAYBE WHAT’S TO COME FOR SIGN OF MAYBE WHAT’S TO COME FOR OTHER COMPANIES? OTHER COMPANIES?>>WELL, WHAT THE UAW DOES EVERY>>WELL, WHAT THE UAW DOES EVERY FOUR YEARS IS PICKS ONE COMPANY FOUR YEARS IS PICKS ONE COMPANY THAT IT’S GOING TO NEGOTIATE THE THAT IT’S GOING TO NEGOTIATE THE FIRST CONTRACT WITH. FIRST CONTRACT WITH. AND THAT BECOMES THE TEMPLATE AND THAT BECOMES THE TEMPLATE THAT IT TAKES TO THE OTHER TWO THAT IT TAKES TO THE OTHER TWO COMPANIES AND TRIES TO USE THAT COMPANIES AND TRIES TO USE THAT AS A PATTERN, WHICH USUALLY AS A PATTERN, WHICH USUALLY WORKS PRETTY WELL. WORKS PRETTY WELL. SO IT’S LIKELY THAT THE OTHER SO IT’S LIKELY THAT THE OTHER TWO NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE LESS TWO NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE LESS CONTENTIOUS. CONTENTIOUS. IN 2007, THERE WAS THE TWO-DAY IN 2007, THERE WAS THE TWO-DAY STRIKE AGAINST GM AND THEN A STRIKE AGAINST GM AND THEN A VERY SHORT STRIKE AGAINST WHAT VERY SHORT STRIKE AGAINST WHAT WAS THEN CHRYSLER. WAS THEN CHRYSLER.>>THIS REALLY COULD HAVE A>>THIS REALLY COULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON DETROIT

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