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June 10, 2015
GM and FCA labor chiefs retire ahead of UAW negotiations

DETROIT (AP) - Two top labor negotiators with General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have abruptly retired a month ahead of critical contract negotiations kicking off with the UAW.

Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced its North American labor relations chief, Alphons Iacobelli, 55, has elected to retire. GM on Tuesday also confirmed its top bargainer, Rex Blackwell, 60, quietly retired last week.

The changes come at an inopportune time, as automakers set strategies for negotiations and attempt to ratify new contracts before September, when the current four-year contracts retire.

Industry officials speculate the retirements could be one of the first major signs of how difficult the upcoming negotiations are going to be, as automakers report record profits and union leaders push for raises and seek reparations for sacrifices during the 2008-2009 economic downturn.

Both executives will be replaced by experienced negotiators.

Cathy Clegg, who led GM's negotiations in 2011 with the UAW, will be the main UAW bargainer for GM.

Glenn Shagena, who has been a part of union negotiations since entering then-Chrysler Corp. in 1985, will succeed Iacobelli. He was most recently head of FCA Mexico human resources, which oversees labor relations.



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