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Published on Feb 15, 2008
Just two days after General Motors announced its plan to buy off its entire U.S. hourly workforce, some 73,000 UAW members, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger attended the Crain's Detroit Business 'Newsmaker of the Year' luncheon. Gettelfinger earned this yearâs honor by negotiating a new labor contract that includes such newsworthy concessions as placing the union in charge of retiree Health Care and giving the Big Three permission to replace workers lost through retirement, termination or buy off with new hires who will receive no pension, no health care and half the wages. One UAW member thought these results deserved more than formal recognition from the business world. They also deserved a Valentine from workers everywhere.