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Delphi has responsibility, right to advertise jobs

Union leaders critical of Delphi Corp.'s classified advertisements seeking production workers, machine operators and electricians may be just a bit paranoid.

Delphi has filed a motion in its bankruptcy proceeding asking the court to reject its collective bargaining agreement with the United Auto Workers union. It has also offered a voluntary attrition package to current employees, and one local worker estimates that as many as 1,300 of the plant's 2,100 employees could accept the offer.

Union officials told THE DAILY this week that the local advertisements were designed to create fear among employees and characterized the move as "incredibly provocative," a "threat to line up replacement workers in the event the union strikes," and "the height of brinkmanship."

But while trying to emerge from bankruptcy, the last thing Delphi needs is a shortage of workers to meet customer orders. With the attrition offer on the table, and some workers expected to leave as early as the end of this week, it only makes sense for the company to begin to collect a new pool from which it can hire.

Delphi's ads may not be so much legitimate "economic warfare," as one labor lawyer put it, as they are an attempt to ensure the Limestone County plant has enough workers to meet production demands in an intensely uncertain yet critical time.

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