Auto Bailout: UAW Chief Draws a Line

Ron Gettelfinger may not be able to hold off wage and benefit cuts as he hammers out a restructuring with GM execs
United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger (center) speaks at a press conference in Detroit. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

If General Motors (GM) and Chrysler executives want federal loans beyond the initial $17.4 billion provided by President Bush and the Treasury Dept. on Dec. 19, they will need to wring concessions from the United Auto Workers. And that means dealing with Ron Gettelfinger.

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