UAW Deal To Cause End Of Civilization

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
uaw deal to cause end of civilization

The apocalypse is at hand, at least according to the World Socialist Web Site. Apparently, after the United Auto Workers (UAW) ratify their contract with Chrysler, Cerberus "will accelerate their plans to carve up the number three US automaker by shutting down or selling off dozens of factories." Fair enough (or not). The Socialists go on to prognosticate that the "Chrysler deal condemns the next generation of auto workers to near poverty" and "workers will face a campaign of harassment by management, which is eager to replace higher-paid veteran workers with low-paid new hires." And just when you think things couldn't get any worse, "with wages frozen and Cost-of-Living Adjustments diverted, workers will be ravaged by higher housing, food, fuel, education and health-care costs." Then they equate the "economic destitution" this will cause with the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. They didn't predict human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together or mass hysteria, but Ford's contract is still under negotiation, so stay tuned.

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  • Gentle Ted Gentle Ted on Oct 27, 2007

    Any time any Union accepts two tier wages, well then there future is in doubt, also here in Canada the CAW's recent Pack with Magna saying there will be No strike or withholding of Labour, another slippery slope, of course most Unions need members and Union dues to exist and to further there aims, political and otherwise, things are changing and to me I am shocked as I always held the CAW union in high regard, I have even attended there School at Port Elgin Ontario for my own Union, to me something is rotten in denmark or in North America.

  • Sherman Lin Sherman Lin on Oct 28, 2007

    Gentle Ted binding arbitrtion I believe is the trade off I believe for the CAW. Binding arbitration can work out very nicely if you have smart people in the union.

  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Oct 29, 2007

    1956silas9... One can only hope that day comes sooner rather than later. Pesky middle class is always meddling in my business.

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Oct 29, 2007

    I can get along with the idea that the Unions deserve a piece of the profits and that they deserve to be taken care of. I mean why should only the top tier executives get that kind of treatment? The obvious problem is that the companies are having troubles and the unions and getting sand in the face while the executives continue to get highly rewarded. Obviously the current payscale is built around the idea of ease of replacing an employee's expertise but I'm sure it is tough to live at the bottom and watch the guys at the top to make decisions that are not successfully lifting the company out of the ditch while getting BIG pay... Maybe this is the first chapter in some sort of social change in the America where the well paid working class disappears or where the working class DEMANDS (and gets) some sort of corporate equity where the top level management is an paid an amount more in step with the working class folks. Will we become like the 3rd world where there are wealthy and poor and fewer people in between, or will be become more equitable. I once ridiculed the Unions without a quick thought and after some consideration I - - - still ridicule the stereotypical fat lazy pigs the unions represent and I still resent the draconian labor laws the the unions have forced through our government in some states (see Unions Shops!) Get the ^&$%@ unions out of my paycheck and my life! America is supposed to be the land of the free - remember??? Fortunately I am neither blue collar nor do I live in a union-favoring state... For the record I am not liberal but more libertarian... I think we need to ridicule both the CEOs and the Unions MORE...