As the Big Three trudge back to Washington tomorrow to make their carefully tailored plans for federal assistance, Automotive News
says that Republicans are likely to request practices such as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union's "Jobs Bank" be eliminated. These and other concessions are expected to be proposed by some or all of the Big Three as they make more allowances in hopes of placating a Congress none too eager to fund billions in assistance for three companies notorious for inefficient money management.
The UAW's Jobs Bank ensures unionized, hourly auto workers nearly full pay when they are laid off. Automotive News calls the practice "a powerful symbol of auto industry excess."
Senator Kit Bond of Missouri, who is described as a moderate Republican, told Automotive News
that "management, workers and investors are going to have to make sacrifices if they truly want to turn around their companies enough to earn taxpayer help." They say that GM will likely be the first to propose the Jobs Bank elimination.
Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole, who recently lost her '08 reelection bid to Democrat Kay Hagan, said that "the enormous costs in union-required benefits are unsustainable. Renegotiating these contracts would be essential if there were to be hope of keeping these companies afloat."--Colin Mathews
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