UAW Member Over GM Contract Delay: Skilled Trades Treated 'Like Gods'

Despite the possibility that the UAW will impose the new contract it negotiated with General Motors on its skilled trades members (over their vote to reject the deal), according to the Detroit Free Press, the delay is causing resentment among the car company’s production workers, a majority of whom voted to ratify the deal.

One production worker at a GM parts warehouse, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said fellow workers are expressing resentment toward skilled trade workers.

If we voted no and (skilled) trades voted yes, the union would shove it down our throats! They treat trades like gods,” a production workers was overheard saying, according to the source.

Another comment: “How many unions do we have? One for production and a more important one for trades?” [Emphasis added.]

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