Unionized workers reject their own UAW contract!

March 29, 2013

By Katy Grimes

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In an bizarre twist on reality, the United Auto Workers union found itself bargaining as an employer, but got a taste of their own medicine when 74 of the union’s own workers at the UAW-General Motors Center for Human Resources rejected the union’s latest contract proposal.

Pot, meet kettle.

But this rejection isn’t the first. Workers rejected the last contract, and have been working since 2012 without benefit of a contract, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The workers have filed three different Unfair Labor Practice complaints with the Federal Labor Relations Board, alleging UAW-GM leaders failed to pay the OPEIU bargaining team, proposed to change workers’ health care plan and stopped bargaining at one point.

The primary sticking point to current negotiations is over health coverage: OPEIU workers want guaranteed health care and retirement coverage through 2016.

I can’t imagine why any employer might find making such health care guarantees to be problematic with Obamacare on the horizon — especially given the current frightful economic and political climate.

“Will the picket signs say ‘UAW striking against the evil UAW’? one reader comment asked?

Read the story here. You can’t make this up.

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