Ford Union Boss: "There Aren't Enough Jobs for Everybody"

ford union boss there aren t enough jobs for everybody

It's a piercing glimpse into the obvious in a New York Times article without any major revelations, but it's still worth noting the human toll of Ford's shrinking market share and concomitant race to slice its labor costs. As former Detroit News writer Bill Vlasic correctly points out, "Ford’s big new push is not to sell cars. Instead, it is trying to sign up thousands of workers to take buyouts, partly by convincing them that their brightest future lies outside the company that long offered middle-class wages for blue-collar jobs." To that end, the Times embeds a happy-clappy video “Connecting With Your Future" that shows Ford's please-leave-now ex-employees that yes, Virginia, there is life after Ford. Ah, but is there life for Ford? In the middle of Vlasic's sugar coated pill run down, a quote from analyst John Casesa is like a shot to the solar plexus. "These companies are trying to do in the last 24 months what they should have done over the last 24 years,” the head of Casesa Shapiro Group says. “That’s why it’s such a shock to the system.” Just as sadly, it's come to this: "One thing Ford workers are proud of is that their buyout options are more extensive and, in some instances, better paying than those at G.M."

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  • SexCpotatoes SexCpotatoes on Feb 26, 2008

    Should've known it'd come down to this. "My package is bigger than yours!"

  • Ihatetrees Ihatetrees on Feb 26, 2008
    quasimodo: Is this what people believe now, that blue collar labor is undeserving of being included in the middle class and being paid as such? Given the pension, job protection, and health care benefits, these were upper middle class jobs for many years. I grew up in UAW country, and have little sympathy. However, from a medical parts background, I can say there are still good manufacturing jobs in the USA. At entry level the pay is not that good. If you want to move up, double ++ your pay to over UAW rates, you better 1) Have good attendance. 2) Be willing to improve yourself. (You'd be amazed at those who won't take company paid training) 3) Be willing to take new jobs. Such attendance, training, pay and job flexibility would never make it into a UAW contract. Which is a major reason they fail.

  • Ktm Ktm on Feb 26, 2008

    RobertSD, well said.

  • Gardiner Westbound Gardiner Westbound on Feb 26, 2008

    Wall Street rewards short term executive thinking. Investors don't give a damn about product quality, workers or corporate longevity. One or two sputters and their money is gone, invested elsewhere. Our business school trained MBAs don't think five or even three years ahead. Why would they? They will be long gone running a different company into the ground by then.

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