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UAW, Automakers Enter New Contract Talks
Sunday August 5, 2:32 PM EDT



<!-- Body -->DETROIT (AP) — As bargainers for the United Auto Workers and the domestic automakers try to reach a new contract, Kenneth Cooksey is one of many workers who doesn't understand why the companies are so focused on the cost of labor.
By most accounts, labor expenses for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC amount to about 10 percent of the price of a new vehicle, including wages, benefits and "legacy" costs for retiree pensions and health care. So Cooksey, a 37-year Ford worker from Detroit, doesn't buy the companies' logic that they have to erase a roughly $25 per hour labor cost gap with their Japanese competitors — Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co.

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What does UAW intend to do to prevent job losses? I am sure workers have asked this to their union bosses. I hope the answer is not we will strike
 
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