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AUTO TALKS
(2007-07-20)
(wgvu) - - NEGOTIATORS FROM CHRYSLER AND THE
UNITED AUTO WORKERS FORMALLY START CONTRACT TALKS THIS MORNING IN
AUBURN HILLS.
CHRYSLER IS THE FIRST OF THE DETROIT BIG THREE AUTOMAKERS TO
OPEN CONTRACT TALKS WITH THE U-A-W.
GENERAL MOTORS AND FORD START TALKS MONDAY.
ALL THREE SAY THEY NEED LABOR COST PARITY WITH THEIR JAPANESE
RIVALS, MAINLY TOYOTA AND HONDA.
STUDIES SHOW DETROIT'S AUTOMAKERS MAKE ABOUT TWO-THOUSAND
DOLLARS LESS PER VEHICLE THAN THEIR COMPETITION, LARGELY DUE TO
LABOR COSTS.
JAPANESE AUTOMAKERS PAY COMPARABLE HOURLY SALARIES TO THEIR U-S
WORKERS BUT HAVE LESS OF A HEALTH CARE BURDEN, PARTICULARLY FOR
RETIREES.
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