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LABOR DAY-AUTO TALKS
(2007-09-04)
(wgvu) - UNION MEMBERS CELEBRATED ON FOOT AND ALONG THE
SIDELINES DURING DETROIT'S ANNUAL LABOR DAY PARADE.
BUT SOME SAY THEY'RE ANXIOUS AS TALKS CONTINUE BEHIND CLOSED
DOORS BETWEEN THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS AND THE DOMESTIC AUTOMAKERS.
THE PARADE YESTERDAY CONTAINED NO SPEECHES AS IT HAS IN THE
PAST. UAW RETIREE DOROTHY SMITH SAYS SHE HAD HOPED THAT UNION
LEADERS WOULD HAVE OFFERED SOME WORD ON THE TALKS' PROGRESS.
UAW PRESIDENT RON GETTELFINGER SAYS THE PARADE WAS A PUBLIC
CELEBRATION, NOT THE PLACE FOR NEGOTIATION. HE SAYS THE TALKS ARE
BEST HANDLED AT THE BARGAINING TABLE -- NOT IN THE MEDIA.
TALKS BETWEEN THE UNION AND FORD, GENERAL MOTORS AND CHRYSLER
ARE CONSIDERED CRITICAL AS CONTRACTS SET TO EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 14TH.
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