Florida lawmaker: Obama should demand that Gettelfinger be fired

By Justin Hyde • Free Press Washington Staff • April 1, 2009

WASHINGTON – A Florida congressman today called on the Obama administration to demand the firing of UAW President Ron Gettelfinger, saying the union was just as responsible for the predicament at General Motors Corp. as ousted chairman Rick Wagoner.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., said Gettelfinger had called strikes which had hurt the industry and refused concessions to improve the finances of Detroit’s automakers.

“If President Obama is willing to fire the CEO of General Motors because of his failures, then he should be even-handed in demanding Ron Gettelfinger’s resignation for his equally egregious failures,” Mack said in a statement.

The administration said Monday it had asked Wagoner to leave to give the company a "clean sheet" for revamping its restructuring plan.

The UAW has declined to comment on President Barack Obama’s ultimatum giving GM 60 days to remake its turnaround plan and Chrysler 30 days to merge with Fiat SpA or face bankruptcy.

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