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Ford, UAW tackle blue-collar healthcare costs with new program

DEARBORN, Michigan (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co <F.N> is launching a two-year pilot program with the United Auto Workers and a UAW-affiliated retiree trust fund aimed at lowering the cost of providing medical care for the company's active and retired hourly workers.Full story

United Auto Workers assets fall again in U.S. amid growth push

DETROIT (Reuters) - The total assets of the United Auto Workers fell for the sixth straight year in 2012 while spending on political activities and lobbying nearly quadrupled from the previous year, the union's annual financial filing with the Labor Department shows. Full story

UAW nears breakthrough in VW organizing push

DETROIT (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers union could soon get a big boost in its efforts to represent hourly workers at Volkswagen AG's <VOWG_p.DE> assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Full story

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Bob King, president of the United Auto Workers and Rev. Jesse Jackson share their reactions to the “Right to Work” legislation and the protests occurring because of it.

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