Talks between the UAW and the Big Three heated up on Wednesday as they worked to hammer out a new labour contract agreement ahead of a weekend deadline, according to Reuters. Union and company sources have told the news agency that Ron Gettelfinger, who has tried to give the UAW a less contentious image since he assumed its presidency last year, has pulled out all the stops in a bid to become the first UAW boss to strike a deal with all three companies ahead of schedule.