Chrysler may not make another year - MSN Money This is sad. 1977 was the year the UAW gained a huge concession from the automakers: that after 30 years' employment a worker would receive his pension and medical coverage, REGARDLESS of age. So there were people who were 18 + 30 = 48 collecting. It puts a drain on the resources to say the least. This why workers outside of the gubmit employee unions increasingly have been convinced that membership in a union hurts, rather than helps. FedEx workers, are you paying attention? I know there's a big push to make you part of the Teamsters. The UAW is one of the reasons these Detroit-based auto giants are tanking, despite ridiculous and unwarranted and unConstitutional bailouts. Looks like a horrible investment for taxpayers. Let the free market decide, not lobbyists and politicians.