Sen. Coburn Blasts UAW

On Friday, Ron Gettelfinger tried shifting total blame for the failure of the bailout on to Senate Republicans. Claiming they were looking for a two-fer; protecting the foreign brands in their states and trying to kill organized labor. Senator Coburn (R-OK), fired back at the UAW in an interview with


( - The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is “solely” to blame for the collapse of negotiations on a $14-billion auto bailout deal that stalled in the Senate Thursday, Sen. Tom Colburn (R-Okla.) told on Friday.

But UAW President Ron Gettelfinger in a press conference Friday morning blamed Republican senators, who he said resented his organization.

The auto bailout bill, which passed the House in a 237-170 vote on Wednesday, was defeated in a 52-35 procedural vote in the Senate late Thursday night after negotiations between automakers, the UAW, and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) fell apart.

“As far as the failure of last night, it solely lies on UAW,” Coburn told “All we asked was, ‘Just give us a date at which you will have competitive wage rates. We will put it in and that’s what you will have to meet.’ They would not move. They would not renegotiate their contract with GM as far as wage rates.” read more...
The UAW and MSM also failed to mention that in some of the Southern states that opposed the bailout and are home to the foreign car plants, GM has manufacturing facilities of their own. For other sources on information refuting the UAW propaganda, go to PCT daily rant; UAW & GM, Screwing the Middle Class.

At least Coburn, and the some of the Senate, had the fortitude to stand up and say "no" to the bailout. Which would have accomplished nothing except, delay GM's inevitable failure or make them bailout junkies.

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