To the Editor:
I am an 18-year skilled-trades employee at Chrysler Group's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.
I can guarantee you that the skilled-trades workers voted down the UAW-Chrysler agreement not because of economic issues but because of the reduction in skilled-trades classifications. Any union official who tells you different is wrong.
I am upset with the international union for even stating that economics played a part in skilled-trades workers voting down the contract ("UAW declares Chrysler contract ratified despite split vote," autonews.com, Oct. 26). It just shows how it has lost touch with the members.
We all feel very grateful for our jobs. We have been on an emotional roller coaster ride over the past 10 years: record profits; sold to the Germans; bled dry; sold to Cerberus; slow years as the economy tanked; Chrysler, Ford and General Motors put on a big stage before Congress and embarrassed; bankruptcy; forced to make huge concessions; saved by President Obama; and sold to Fiat!
The economic impact had already hit us. Our No. 1 concern was the saving of skilled-trades jobs and wages.