Detroit, Michigan – The United Auto Workers (UAW) has issued a statement that said the alliance announced between Fiat and Chrysler “offers Chrysler new opportunities to compete in the U.S. market and the global marketplace.”
“As the U.S. auto industry undergoes a restructuring process, this alliance has the potential to preserve a wide range of choices for U.S. consumers, as well as good-paying manufacturing jobs for our communities,” said UAW president Ron Gettelfinger.
The union said that it will work with Chrysler and Fiat and that UAW members will have a voice as the new alliance takes shape. “Our focus is going to be on preserving good jobs and building great vehicles,” said UAW vice-president General Holiefield, who directs the unions’ Chrysler department. “Throughout various changes in ownership and management in recent years, one thing has remained constant: UAW members at Chrysler are dedicated to quality and committed to delivering the best possible cars and trucks to our customers. That’s not going to change.”