Gm Talks: It's Flex Time For The Uaw

The United Auto Workers union tends to talk tough but bargain pragmatically. In its recent deal with Ford, it received job guarantees for nearly all of its members in exchange for a two-tier pay system that allows the auto company to make cost savings in making new parts. The union also threw in enough loopholes to allow Ford to circumvent the employment guarantees in the face of a recession. The big question now is whether the UAW will show even more flexibility in negotiating with General Motors, which employs nearly half of all the UAW's auto members. We hope it does.

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