GM Employees Can Build Their Future… by Leaving

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
gm employees can build their future by leaving

Ford wants its workers to connect with their future. And now GM is encouraging their employees to "build your future and live your dream." According to The Detroit News, specialists will show up at GM's factories across the nation to hold "opportunity expos" to beg show workers "the ways in which they can benefit" by giving up their well-paying jobs with great benefits for a few thousand dollars and the opportunity to take their chances on the job market. To try to entice people to show up, they're also entering anyone who comes to the seminar into a drawing for a $15k voucher towards a new GM vehicle. Meanwhile, Chrysler is reopening their buyout programs and offering employees who've already said "no" the chance to say "HELL NO." Some employees are confused as to why they're doing it. Comments posted on the Detroit Free Press' site show that not everyone who put in for Chrysler's buyout is given the buyout. One commenter stated "…there were just under 300 people at the Belvidere Assembly Plant who put in for the buy-out. Only approximately 200 of us were given the buy-out." Another commenter asks when they'd see a corresponding reduction in management, adding "most of the work done by management was once done by UNION clerical personel, and for a damned sight less money." It looks like The Big 2.8 still have a lot of work to do if they're counting on dumping old employees and hiring cheaper replacements to balance the books.

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  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Mar 21, 2008

    @ Raskolnikov: I find that there is a consistent message, even through the varying opinions, to the big 2.8 on how to improve. The most commonly espoused advice is along the lines of: Get rid of overlapping brands and products. Focus the remaining brands into something that has meaning and is consistent and build vehicles that align with those brands. Stop badge engineering. Do one thing better than everyone else. Don't have Bob Lutz as your spokesperson. As a victim (contributor perhaps) of the current downturn I'm certainly critical of Detroit automakers, but I don't gain any pleasure from seeing them fail. The downfall of the US auto industry is and will be extremely bad for the whole economy and is nothing anyone who lives in this country should hope for.

  • Menno Menno on Mar 21, 2008

    The handwriting was truly on the wall for anyone to see, when the UAW and other unions kept pushing the envelope until it was possible for a guy (or gal) with a high school graduation certificate or GED to snag a job pushing a broom, turning screws or sitting in a jobs bank playing cards at the plant, and making a total package of about $75 an hour or more. One problem; the true dumbing down of our education system. Was at an antique store with mrs, bored. Looked at a book, it was an 1890's book which contained a test to graduate from public school (8th grade - age 13). High School was not public education in most US states until the 1920's (i.e. you had to pay for it, just as you did college). Long story short, the test was SO frapping difficult, that I honestly don't think 90% of 4 year college graduates could have completed it successfully, and I'm not exaggerating. Second problem; expectations that living standard will continue to go up, as if it were some predestined magical formula. Wrong answer; living standards increased between 1900 and 2000 because we tapped much of the oil beneath us (and when that started to run out, imported more). I read something interesting once; one gallon of gasoline and the equivalent work it can do (usually via electricity) is equivalent to two slaves working all day long. Plus, with slaves, you had to house and feed them, chase after them when they ran away, etc. In case anyone hadn't noticed, the oil is slowly starting to run out. Hence, the exponential increases in cost. Our standards of living world-wide are going to go down, and this process has begun in the United States. That's a long roundabout way of saying the Union guys are screwed, glued and tatooed.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Mar 22, 2008
    menno : standards increased between 1900 and 2000 because we tapped much of the oil beneath us... That is what everybody seems to ignore, and what so many people are unwilling to adapt to. It's a mathematical fact. Earth has less oil than it did in the 1950s. It has less oil today than it did yesterday, or even at 6 am this morning, for that matter. I see "some" fewer trucks and SUVs in the parking lots at my job. But still a lot; maybe 40%. I should take a walk at lunch and make a count; that might be interesting. These are white collar people, and as you might expect, most of the vehicles don't look like they are performing hard service. I can assure you, my co workers are not using their vehicles to do drywalling or house framing, unless it's an occasional weekend "Home Depot project". If we aren't already doing so, I think that the US is going to have to deal with Canada and Mexico, because both of those countries combined have more oil than Saudi Arabia. In fact, maybe we already "deal" with Mexico. Have you folks in the border states seen that wall on the border yet? I doubt you ever will. I suspect that the price of oil from Mexico may not be strictly monetary. We probably should also be drilling in ANWR and in the gulf. We need to bring down the price, and our own supplies, even if they're small, would go a long way toward that. But even if the price doesn't go down by way of new supply, demand may already be decreasing. A bunch of us telecommute two or three days each week. Three people I know are considering buying a Prius (one of them pulled the trigger earlier this week). No, not a GM hybrid. A Toyota hybrid. My next door neighbor can't sell his huge jacked-up Bronco. Nobody wants to pay the $2500 asking price and gasoline on top of that!
  • Hogie roll Hogie roll on Mar 24, 2008

    Most line supervisors that manage UAW employees are co-ops in my college that get paid considerably less than the UAW workers they manage. Once one of my friends graduated he had to supervise 52 people himself. He left and took a job at A. Busch supervising 6 guys. Don't even get me started on the horror stories that still occur to this day involving the UAW.