12.01.2008 0

22 Pounds of UAW Rules and Regulations

  • On: 12/17/2008 10:52:54
  • In: Big Labor

    By J. Justin Wilson

    Ever wondered what a UAW contract looks like? Here is all 22 pounds of it (in this case, Ford’s 2,215 page 2007 master contract; Coke can is for scale and because I was thirsty).

    I’ll tell you this much, those 2,215 pages don’t include much regarding efficiency and competitiveness. What you’ll find are hundreds of rules, regulations, and letters of understanding that have hamstrung the auto companies for years.

    If you’d like to read the contracts for yourself, here they are:

    Ford’s 2007 Contract:

    Volume 1: Agreements
    Volume 2: Retirement Plan and Insurance Program
    Volume 3: Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Agreement and Plan, Profit Sharing Agreement and Plan (ha!), Tax-Efficient Savings Agreement and Plan, and UAW-Ford Legal Services Plan
    Volume 4: Letters of Understanding
    Volume 5: Skilled Trades Book

    GM’s 2003 and 2007 contracts:

    GM’s 2003 contract (71 megs)
    Changes to GM’s 2007 contract (HT: Factory Rats; full contract not available)

    Chrysler’s 2003 and 2007 contracts:

    Chrysler’s 2003 contract (21 megs)
    Changes to Chrysler’s 2007 contract (HT: Factory Rats; full contract not available)

    Update: CBS Nightly News “gained access” to the Ford contract. Here’s the video.
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    J. Justin Wilson writes for LaborPains.org

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