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POST TIME: 17 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Auto union vows to look closely at Ford-VW alliance
AFP, Detroit

Auto union vows to look closely 
at Ford-VW alliance

The United Auto Workers said Monday it will take a close look at the Ford’s alliance with the Volkswagen as the union opens contract negotiations with major American automakers this week.

And even as Ford and other companies face a more difficult landscape in transitioning to electric and autonomous vehicles, UAW President Gary Jones said the union also will press for workers to get a greater share of the companies’ solid profits.

During the traditional handshake that marked the opening of talks with Ford, Jones was wary of the expanded alliance that the US and German automakers announced last week.

“As all are aware, Volkswagen was not friendly to the UAW in Chattanooga and we will look very hard and with great concern at any alliance with them or any other non-labor friendly company,” Jones said.

“I’m sure more will come on this front.”

The UAW is smarting from its narrow loss at a VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it was attempting to organize some 1,700 workers, where a shift of 29 votes could have changed the outcome.

Jones also emphasized that the union was expecting to make economic gains in the upcoming bargaining with Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

“I have heard loud and clear—at every Ford plant and local visit—that they expect to share in the profits that their hard work and dedication have made possible,” he said.