With contract talks beginning this week, the UAW has said that it will make sure Chrysler stays competitive.
That likely means that the UAW is promising not to overreach on wages or benefits as it negotiates its next contract with the company.
UAW officials have made it clear that they would like to avoid concessions, due to the recent profitability of the Detroit Three, but they acknowledge that asking for too many perks from the automaker could end up hurting the company in the long run.
It's good to see the UAW realizing that while it has a job to do--protecting its members and creating the best possible work environment for them--it also can't overreach, lest it shoot itself in the foot. This author believes that neither labor nor management should ever have too much power, and that balance often works best for companies. Let's hope both sides keep that in mind during these negotiations.