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AUTO TALKS
(2007-07-23)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - Contract talks between the United Auto Workers
and General Motors and Ford are under way after a traditional
handshake.
The union formally opened negotiations with Chrysler last
Friday. The national contracts with all three expire September
14th.
The big issue for the Detroit Three is cost parity with their
Japanese rivals, mainly Toyota and Honda. Studies show the Detroit
automakers make about two-thousand dollars less per vehicle than
their competition, much of that due to labor costs.
Whether the companies get the cost concessions they want from
the U-A-W depends largely on union President Ron Gettelfinger, who
has said he will not go into the talks in a "concessionary mode."
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