GM, Ford indicate they'd like UAW concession, too
Suffering record losses for 1980, General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company are hinting they may ask the United Automobile Workers for money-saving contract concessions like those the union granted Chrysler Corporation. GM and Ford officials, while mum about the prospect of renegotiating their own labor pacts, are keeping close tabs on the Chrysler deal, auto industry insiders say. They will be prepared to show that they too, are eliminating jobs, closing plants, and facing massive retooling costs to meet competition from Japan. Union president Douglas A. Fraser said neither company had asked for concessions , but the expected some indicati on from them.