COUNTRY.
IT’S ANOTHER WITCH HUNT. IT’S ANOTHER WITCH HUNT.
HERE WE GO AGAIN. HERE WE GO AGAIN.
>>Kim: WE BEGIN WITH MAJOR>>Kim: WE BEGIN WITH MAJOR
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE UAW STRIKE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE UAW STRIKE
ON GENERAL MOTORS. ON GENERAL MOTORS.
GM REVERSES COURSE ON A MAJOR GM REVERSES COURSE ON A MAJOR
DECISION AS TALKS AT THE DECISION AS TALKS AT THE
NEGOTIATING TABLE HEAT UP. NEGOTIATING TABLE HEAT UP.
TODAY, GENERAL MOTORS SAID THEY TODAY, GENERAL MOTORS SAID THEY
WOULD RESUME HEALTH CARE WOULD RESUME HEALTH CARE
COVERAGE FOR STRIKING UAW COVERAGE FOR STRIKING UAW
MEMBERS. MEMBERS.
>>Devin: THAT REVERSES THE>>Devin: THAT REVERSES THE
DECISION MADE IN THE EARLY DAYS DECISION MADE IN THE EARLY DAYS
OF THE STRIKE THAT KICKED HEALTH OF THE STRIKE THAT KICKED HEALTH
CARE COSTS BACK TO THE UNION. CARE COSTS BACK TO THE UNION.
INITIALLY, THEY WERE FORCED TO INITIALLY, THEY WERE FORCED TO
GET COBRA COVERAGE. GET COBRA COVERAGE.
AS TALKS INTENSIFIED, THERE ARE AS TALKS INTENSIFIED, THERE ARE
MAJOR HURDLES YET TO CLEAR. MAJOR HURDLES YET TO CLEAR.
THE STRIKE REACHES DAY 11. THE STRIKE REACHES DAY 11.
ROD MELONI SHOWS US HOW IT’S A ROD MELONI SHOWS US HOW IT’S A
SIGN A DEAL MIGHT SOON BE SIGN A DEAL MIGHT SOON BE
REACHED. REACHED.
>>Rod: YOU GET TO DAY 11 ON THE>>Rod: YOU GET TO DAY 11 ON THE
PICKET LINE AND WONDER, ARE WE PICKET LINE AND WONDER, ARE WE
GETTING POSITIVE PROGRESS. GETTING POSITIVE PROGRESS.
THEY’RE AT THE MAIN TABLE BUT THEY’RE AT THE MAIN TABLE BUT
NOT GOING ALL NIGHT. NOT GOING ALL NIGHT.
THERE WAS A BIG FIGHT THAT THERE WAS A BIG FIGHT THAT
HAPPENED LAST WEEK, LOTS OF HAPPENED LAST WEEK, LOTS OF
CONSTERNATION OUT HERE. CONSTERNATION OUT HERE.
AND TODAY, IT’S GONE BECAUSE AND TODAY, IT’S GONE BECAUSE
GENERAL MOTORS HAS GONE BACK ON GENERAL MOTORS HAS GONE BACK ON
ITS DECISION WHEN IT COMES TO ITS DECISION WHEN IT COMES TO
HEALTH CARE. HEALTH CARE.
IN A RELEASE, THE COMPANY SAID IN A RELEASE, THE COMPANY SAID
THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE
SIGNIFICANT CONFUSION CAUSED SIGNIFICANT CONFUSION CAUSED
AROUND OUR EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH AROUND OUR EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH
CARE COVERAGE. [CHANTING] [CHANTING]
>>Rod: UAW LOCAL 163 STRIKE>>Rod: UAW LOCAL 163 STRIKE
CAPTAIN TOOK THE MOVE IN STRIDE. CAPTAIN TOOK THE MOVE IN STRIDE.
>>IT’S PART OF HOW IT GOES.>>IT’S PART OF HOW IT GOES.
BUT THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO DO IT. BUT THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO DO IT.
BUT IT’S SOMETHING THEY DID TO BUT IT’S SOMETHING THEY DID TO
SHOW MAYBE A DISSERVICE TO US. SHOW MAYBE A DISSERVICE TO US.
>>Rod: IT INFURIATED THE UAW>>Rod: IT INFURIATED THE UAW
VICE PRESIDENT AND RELEASED A VICE PRESIDENT AND RELEASED A
LETTER TO GM.>>Rod: YET FOR ALL THE FIERY>>Rod: YET FOR ALL THE FIERY
RHETORIC, KRISTEN SEES IT AS A RHETORIC, KRISTEN SEES IT AS A
POSITIVE STEP FORWARD. POSITIVE STEP FORWARD.
>>THIS IS A SIGNAL IT MAY GET>>THIS IS A SIGNAL IT MAY GET
TO A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN DAYS TO A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN DAYS
AND NOT WEEKS. AND NOT WEEKS.
>>Rod: YES, THEY’RE AGAIN AT>>Rod: YES, THEY’RE AGAIN AT
THE MAIN TABLE AND TALKING. THE MAIN TABLE AND TALKING.
LET’S GET NOT TOO CARRIED AWAY. LET’S GET NOT TOO CARRIED AWAY.
THEY HAVEN’T GONE INTO MARATHON THEY HAVEN’T GONE INTO MARATHON
TALK MODE AND MAY NOT NEED TO. TALK MODE AND MAY NOT NEED TO.
THEY COULD COME UP WITH A THEY COULD COME UP WITH A
SETTLEMENT, TONIGHT, TOMORROW, SETTLEMENT, TONIGHT, TOMORROW,
MONDAY. MONDAY.
WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ALL THE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ALL THE
STICKING POINTS ARE. STICKING POINTS ARE.
WE NEED TO STICK IT OUT. WE NEED TO STICK IT OUT.
>>Devin: IS THIS GM DECIDING>>Devin: IS THIS GM DECIDING
THE ORIGINAL DECISION TO TAKE THE ORIGINAL DECISION TO TAKE
THE HEALTH CARE AWAY DURING THE THE HEALTH CARE AWAY DURING THE
STRIKE WAS A BAD IDEA? STRIKE WAS A BAD IDEA?
>>Rod: I THINK THE ANSWER TO>>Rod: I THINK THE ANSWER TO
THE QUESTION IS YES. THE QUESTION IS YES.
THE UAW WENT OUT OF ITS WAY TO THE UAW WENT OUT OF ITS WAY TO
REALLY MAKE GM LOOK BAD IN ITS REALLY MAKE GM LOOK BAD IN ITS
DECISION BECAUSE THE TRANSFER DECISION BECAUSE THE TRANSFER
FROM THE REGULAR HEALTH CARE TO FROM THE REGULAR HEALTH CARE TO
COBRA IS NOT A SMOOTH ONE. COBRA IS NOT A SMOOTH ONE.
AND A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT PUT IN AND A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT PUT IN
BETWEEN THE CRACKS AND THEY BETWEEN THE CRACKS AND THEY
PLAYED IT UP. PLAYED IT UP.
GENERAL MOTORS DECIDED AT SOME GENERAL MOTORS DECIDED AT SOME
POINT, YOU HAVE TO CUT YOUR