I took some flack from TTAC’s Best and Brightest on Monday when I suggested that the UAW’s deal to give 40 percent of Orion Assemblys returning workers a 50 percent pay cut was “cowardly and despicable.” What I didn’t make clear enough was that I have no problem with the UAW working for a lower wage as long as the burden was spread evenly. Instead, the union has arbitrarily divided its existing workforce into the old guard “haves” and the relatively-recently-hired “have nots” as a ploy to make the union seem capable of profitably building subcompact cars in America. It’s bad enough to prop up the old guard by paying new hires less, but cramming down recalled Tier One workers is totally contrary to the very concept of a union. And I’m not the only one who finds the lack of solidarity and shared responsibility within the union troubling.
The Detroit News reports that dissident UAW workers of Orions Local 5960 are calling for a picket, arguing that
[UAW Boss] Bob King and Mike Dunn have forgotten who they work for
The only problem: the UAW signed a “no strike” clause with GM as part of last years bankruptcy-bailout, so instead of stopping work, the workers will simply rally in front of the UAW Solidarity House. But then, one can only do so much when ones union owns the company one works for. Hopefully this rally will help prove that the UAW has outlived its usefulness, and will drive either its reform or its dissolution. Until the UAW loses its motivation to screw its own workers and commits to shared responsibility among all of its members, it can only expect more turmoil like this going forward.