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UAW, GM talks concerning to employees, retirees

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Danny Smith has worked for GM for 38 years and is a long-time member of the UAW. Today, negotiators from the UAW and General Motors sat down to begin talks for a new contract.

GM is looking to lower employee costs, including health care, which could mean higher deductibles for workers.

“Yeah it would hurt us big time. But I don't think that's going to be the issue,” Smith said.

Charlie Beverly is also a long time GM employee.

"I've heard something to that effect. But I don't know anything actually in detail. But hopefully not," Beverly said.

He's taking the wait and see approach. Hoping this latest round of talks goes smoothly.

"I'm getting close to retirement so I want everything to be straight up and right when I get ready to go," Beverly said.

GM retirees are also watching these negotiating sessions closely.

Rick Yrles spent 32 years with the automaker. He tells us the UAW has urged the rank and file to save their money to prepare for a possible strike, saying they these negotiations will be tough. For its part gm says health care is an expense they need to contain for profits to continue to rise. But Yrles hope that savings doesn't come on the backs of retirees.

"I'm concerned that anything that happens to the active will trickle down to us and as retirees we've already given up quite a bit. And we really don't want anything back other than our pension."

Meanwhile, Smith said for now he isn't worried, instead he is wanting to see how the bargaining session plays out.

"That we just keep what we've got. And if they give us something that's fine too. I can live with that," Smith said.

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