Just because we're union don't mean we're stupid."
One of the provisions backed by Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, would force the UAW to accept stock instead of cash for half of the amount the automakers pledged to a union-affiliated trust fund for retiree health care.
Gettelfinger said that provision, along with a call for the UAW to accept wages competitive with the non-union workers of Japanese automakers in the United States, would be hard for the union to accept or implement.
"Now we have this senator telling us you have to trade cash for equity? What's the value of it?" Gettelfinger said. "C'mon. Just because we're union don't mean we're stupid."