Gettelfinger scores a first-round win for labor

Note to Senate Republicans: Don’t underestimate United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger. The wily union president’s game of brinksmanship this week paid off. Last Thursday, he refused to give in to Republican demands that his workers take a pay cut next year. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said that if the did, other Senate Republicans would clear the way for a bill that would have granted Chrysler and General Motors $14 billion in government loans. That would get them into next year without bankruptcy and let the Obama Administration work out a rescue plan. Bankruptcy would be a disaster for UAW since labor contracts can be rewritten in court.

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