October 5, 1999
1999 Big Three Bargaining
STAY ON THE JOB UNTIL THE DEADLINE
IF A STRIKE IS NECESSARY PLEASE RESPECT THE
DEADLINE AS IT IS CRUCIAL TO CONTINUING
As talks go down to the wire and if a strike is to be avoided, the application of several pattern issues must be resolved involving pensions and retroactivity as well as some issues at local union tables of importance to our members.
Four key issues need to be resolved:
Today, with growing outsourcing and increasing pressures by corporations to get workers to take concessions and long-term (even 10 year) agreements or work without pensions, benefits, or health and safety protection and then risk getting fired for supporting a union, your bargaining committee has said in this round of bargaining that the challenge for all DaimlerChrysler workers is to remain united if workers are to make progress for the future.
Standing together in solidarity is what has built our union throughout our history with Chrysler and this is our first test with Daimler. Our entire union stood with the General Motors workers in 1996 to maintain the pattern.
In the next few hours, we need to ensure the solidarity of our membership which has built our union over decades remains strong and is not undermined. Your bargaining committee with years of experience is asking for your confidence and support in their determination to get the best collective agreement for our members.
Your phone calls, letters and e-mails with constructive suggestions are appreciated and the committee will be meeting the membership this weekend at the scheduled ratification or information meetings to give a full explanation and discussion of our bargaining strategy.
Don't let those who would undermine our solidarity take away our ability to bargain in these final few important hours before the deadline.
SUPPORT YOUR UNION.