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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Never quite grasping the obvious..

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu May 13, 2010 at 01:25:14 PM EST
    Tags: Unions, Teamsters, UAW, Michigan, Automakers, Ford (all tags)

    The UAW continues the progressive mindset in a way that will ultimately be the end of the businesses it "serves"  Paul Kersey of the Mackinac center pointed out a couple days ago:

    The actual competitiveness of the Big Three never rated highly as a value for the government's restructuring of the industry, and the union has shown it is prone to act cavalierly towards those same companies as they struggle back toward profitability. This is the natural consequence of a "bankruptcy" process that shielded the union from the consequences of its own avarice. Whether out of greed or ignorance, the UAW could still bring these companies down.

    I vote for ignorance.  Well..  At least on the side of the average UAW worker.

    Oh and don't start in about name calling..

    Ignorance does not translate into stupidity, not does it suggest that an person's ignorance on any given issue means they cannot learn.  Its time those workers learn perhaps.  It may even take their own union cutting off its own legs to feed its belly as documented in the NY Times:

    Ford has been profitable for four consecutive quarters, and this year has restored some compensation for salaried workers, including merit pay increases, tuition reimbursement and matching contributions to retirement accounts.

    Mr. King, currently a U.A.W. vice president in charge of the union's work force at Ford, said the union has filed grievances on the matter, accusing Ford of violating its U.A.W. contract.

    "We had an understanding about equality of sacrifice," Mr. King told reporters after his speech this week. "None of that, in my view of what the contract is, should have happened without our membership getting the same thing."

    Ford could no sooner be looking forward profitably, before the UAW had the rope around its throat already.  


    First off, a profit for a business should never translate directly to instant pay/benefit increases for the workers so the union handlers can take credit.  The long term viability of any company is its ability to structure away from external forces that command effect contrary to its success.  The union think that has destroyed the industry through clever political triggers, and "boots to the throat" of corporate leadership.

    The union leadership doesn't care.  IT'S business (and make no mistake - That is what it is..) is to maximize its own strength through an unholy alliance with certain and government.  And when it cant do that.. It self destructs its membership.  And we have seen that before:

    "As I pointed out in an earlier posting, the Teamsters will bankrupt companies who don't capitulate.  The membership of Metalworks of Ludington, a sheet metal and custom fabricator, finds itself opposite of the Teamsters and a strike by local 406 has been called.  The Strike according to Union officials is as a result of Metalworks offer of a five-year contract. The company is offering to give bonuses in the first two years of its five-year proposal and 2 percent increases in each of the following three years.  The union is asking for a three-year contract, and objects to the 2nd pay tier the company also proposes which would offer NEW employees several dollars less per hour while maintaining the current employee's wage levels. (and new 2 % contract increase provisions)

    What I pointed out in my posting was that  Performance Transportation Services Inc. assets were sold off, auctioned, went bye-bye, because the Teamsters refused to back off demands and could have SAVED Roy Gross his job.  Some "job security" goal.  However as noted in that post, and earlier here, the Teamsters don't care.  Not one whit, as they have been spreading their plague of dues collecting to other areas within the state and elsewhere. When they lose one industry, they move on to another, like locusts after a major dinner."

    Right now the move has been into the public sector, but the public sector can only absorb so much.  And as long as the automakers or manufacturing in general exists, the drowning of the would be saviors of industry will continue by unions flailing too much for their own good.

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    I beg to respectfully differ with you. (none / 0) (#1)
    by RushLake on Thu May 13, 2010 at 03:04:12 PM EST
    I worked in the auto industry (Ford) for >32 years as union and management. I was an elected UAW official for 5 of those years. Your assertion that the "workers" are ignorant of what is going on is not true. While there are varying levels of intelligence in that organization as there are in any other grouping of people, the vast majority of "workers" know exactly what is going on and support it. When King spewed his bilge the other day (as recounted in the Detroit News), about how the union deserved increases in pay and benefits because they'd "sacrificed" so much he didn't bother to point out that the union's self appointed CEO of GM and Chrysler (Maobama) had led the efforts to make the taxpayers and bond holders bail those companies out. The noble workers know it, they don't give a damn, and they want more.

    We do not wish our neighbors that work in union shops ill, but we have a right to know why we should sacrifice our hard earned money, accept less benefits, pay more taxes because of the hard times, while they are entitled to more of everything, and in the process drive up the cost of products they produce. Their option, if they don't like the working conditions or pay is to take their skill sets elsewhere in the marketplace.  

    • I suppose by JGillman, 05/13/2010 03:24:18 PM EST (none / 0)
    Boo effin hoo (none / 0) (#3)
    by grannynanny on Thu May 13, 2010 at 03:49:26 PM EST
    I am so sick and tired of union workers whining. Especially - the auto workers!  I wish we could eliminate every union in this country - they have become a pox and pain in our ass.

    There are enough businesses in this country who are fair employers.  Why pay someone to promote your own brains and skills?  Those employers that pay squat will produce squat and go by the way side.

    You got it right, RushLake! (none / 0) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu May 13, 2010 at 05:33:09 PM EST
    The truth about that GM ad...

    • Wow that is great! by JGillman, 05/13/2010 06:31:59 PM EST (none / 0)
      • Yep by Corinthian Scales, 05/14/2010 12:25:11 AM EST (none / 0)
    Love the video! (none / 0) (#7)
    by KG One on Sat May 15, 2010 at 11:29:24 AM EST
    Now, on to the topic at hand, this is EXACTLY why GM & Chrysler should have been allowed to go into bankruptcy.

    They can shed these ridiculous contracts, and restructure themselves to come out more efficiently.

    All the bailout did was prolong the problem (a'la Greece).

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