Is Chrysler planning an end run around Teamsters?
“You’ve got a war with the UAW if you try to outsource Teamster jobs to non-union carriers,” King said in a speech to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters convention in La Vegas, now posted on their website.
King will indeed lead the UAW’s contract negotiations with Chrysler, which is controlled by Fiat SpA , General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. officially beginning later this month. The UAW will push back against efforts to outsource Teamster jobs, according to a post by Tim Higgins on Bloomberg.com this morning.
We’re going to stand with the Teamsters,” he said. “We’re going to fight not only to keep the jobs you have, but where they are using non-union carriers, we’re going to fight together to make that 100 percent union, 100 percent Teamster,” he said, invoking the revered yet tarnished name of former Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa.
Hoffa disappeared in late July 1975, outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant in suburban Detroit. No further trace of the labor leader has ever been found.