With the auto industry still waiting to hear whether it will get a federal bailout, I spent an hour on KTRS/St. Louis this morning talking with Darin Gilley, president of UAW Local 1720. He represents the thousands of employees at the GM plant in Wentzville, the Chrysler plants in Fenton, and others in this area.
I asked Gilley whether he feels that his blue-collar members are being treated unfairly compared to the white-collar financial-industry employees who were helped by the banking bailout. We also talked about the impact bankruptcy of the domestic automakers would have, how much UAW members really make, how foreign car companies are subsidized by their governments, what happens to the workers when factories are idled, and more.
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