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 Gary Chaison - “It may give the governor a sense he has to prove something establish his reputation to not back down. I am afraid the parties are really digging in. This has become a first-class dispute, a bitter dispute.”
 Gary Chaison - “They don't want to ruin a good thing, but at the same time, they don't want to lose a good thing.”
 Gary Chaison - “This is payback time for AMFA. That's the way the labor movement is looking at it, ... Raiding is a sin, and they believe AMFA raided and won by saying it would never accept concessions. It'll be much easier for other unions to tell members that they must accept concessions if AMFA was killed for not doing it.”
 Gary Chaison - “It's a union that's been defeated, and they're trying to decide how they're going to be defeated.”
 Gary Chaison - “They are trying to do an end-run around the union and go directly to the membership, ... They believe that what they're doing is acceptable to the membership, but not to the leadership.”
 Gary Chaison - “This is a small union, and it doesn't have any allies, because it's kind of a pariah in the labor movement,”
 Gary Chaison - “This is probably as bad as it gets for a union leader. He's in a fight with no allies.”
 Gary Chaison - “I thought a month ago that the industry had reached a plateau, and we would finally see what the direction would be, ... Instead, it's just gone from bad to worse.”
 Gary Chaison - “Traditionalists didn't see any reason for it and saw it as a challenge to real collective bargaining. Over the years there has been a rethinking of this idea.”
 Gary Chaison - “People looked at jobs in the auto plants like property, like something that they owned, something that could be passed down from father to sons. That was pretty much making it for a lot of people.”
 Gary Chaison - “The strikers are on their own against a very determined employer and a large pool of replacement workers, ... If things remain the same and continue on this path, then the strike would be doomed.”
 Gary Chaison - “They're also doing it in order to show if you go on strike, this is money you're going to be losing.”
 Gary Chaison - “I think that (AFL-CIO President John) Sweeney will have to make a strong statement about the AFL-CIO and how it's strong and still relevant.”
 Gary Chaison - “I think it (the AFL-CIO) will survive as long as it has key unions still in it like Steelworkers and Auto Workers and especially the Communication Workers, ... But it's going to be a loss for the AFL-CIO in terms of income. It's not going to be effective in terms of political activity for quite a while.”
 Gary Chaison - “General Motors is more than just a symbol of American industry. It envelops the towns where it operates, and people become dependent on it in those towns.”
 Gary Chaison - “In collective bargaining, it's important for both parties to get used to losing because they have to make initial demands or offers and then they have to be willing to accept less.”
 Gary Chaison - “I think it may have emboldened some employers to reassess their situation, making them realize if they plan carefully they can withstand a strike, ... And that means, yes, you can ask for major demands from unions.”
 Gary Chaison - “Quite bluntly, to an auto worker at General Motors or an airline worker facing demands for concessions, this doesn't mean a hell of a lot, ... Their concern is 'can my union deliver at the bargaining table' I can't think of any union that would really be hurt at the bargaining table.”
 Gary Chaison - “In organizing itself I see a tremendous increase in the reinventing of the labor movement as the heir of the civil rights movement. I think it's the recasting of the labor movement in a way that I haven't seen in many years.”
 Gary Chaison - “The Machinists are saying, 'We're going to make a stand and make them respect us,' ... This is what the union strategy is as a Labor Day celebration of the power of labor.”
 Gary Chaison - “What they've done is really almost jump-start reconsideration of health care benefits,”
 Gary Chaison - “Cutting costs is not a business plan. You can cut costs but it doesn't sell cars.”
 Gary Chaison - “It may give the governor a sense he has to prove something establish his reputation to not back down. I am afraid the parties are really digging in. This has become a first-class dispute, a bitter dispute.”
 Gary Chaison - “It may give the governor a sense he has to prove something establish his reputation to not back down. I am afraid the parties are really digging in. This has become a first-class dispute, a bitter dispute.”