UAW Workers Favor Unemployment Over Jobs

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Posted in category Automobile Industry

Mish has the quick rundown on the UAW workers at a GM plant in Indiana who voted themselves out of a job. IndyStar.com writes:

GM executives three years ago scheduled the shutdown of the 2.1-million-square-foot metal plant in 2011 if no buyer appeared. This spring, JD Norman Industries agreed to take over the factory if UAW Local 23 accepted a new contract that cuts costs.

The new contract would include a lower base wage of $15.50 per hour, down from $29 per hour, and pare the wage for skilled trades workers to $24 per hour from about $33.

So the UAW voted 457 to 96 to reject the jobs. Apparently the guys on the line think their amazing skill sets will get them better pay in this economy, and the skilled trades folks believe jobs that demand their skills actually exist in this economy. The word delusional comes to mind.

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5 Responses to UAW Workers Favor Unemployment Over Jobs

  1. Alex says:

    September 29th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Well, you hit the nail on the head, Karen. Although they preach this phony, “we’re all in it together” line, when it comes to renegotiating contracts, etc., senior union members will ALWAYS sell out junior members. Supposedly, they could save every one’s job by “spreading the wealth and the cuts.” However, like the pigs in “Animal Farm,” at the end of the day, you can’t  tell the Napoleon and Snowballs of the union’s stewards from the Farmer Browns. The junior members pay dues by force and coercion (“confiscation without representation”) with nothing to show for it.
    Of course, economic illiteracy is not confined to the bargaining unit crowd. When I saw the quote below from a Yahoo story on the latest Obama rally, I realized why the younger folks are so unemployed:
    “Emily Lawless, a UW-Madison junior from Lakeville, Minn., waited in line five and a half hours for the chance to see the president live.” ‘ You’re not going to remember your accounting class when you’re 40, but you’ll definitely remember this,’ she said.” (cite: http://m.host.madison.com/mobile/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/article_a4b071e8-cb5d-11df-b464-001cc4c002e0.html)
    Since she’s taking accounting, I assume she’s a business major, not art therapy. Hate to be the firm that hires her to go over the books!

  2. clark says:

    September 29th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    delusional & greedy.

    Every union person I’ve ever met, when the subject came up, always said the profits of the company were too high and That’s where any cuts should come from. Their motto is, take from them, either from the shareholders or the taxpayer, take, take, take.

  3. liberranter says:

    September 29th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Of course JD Norman Industries’ biggest mistake was to even involve the UAW in negotiations at all. Not that they probably had any other choice, in real terms, but it would have been interesting to find out how many of the plant’s workers would have gladly accepted the terms outside of the collective bargaining structure. My guess is that the number is larger than many would imagine. A job that pays a living wage (even at a pay cut) versus the unemployment line and unemployment “benefits” that are temporary, scanty, and ephemeral? Definitely a no-brainer of a choice.

  4. Iluvatar says:

    September 29th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    When I saw him post that, I could not believe my eyes.

    He absolutely hates unions (esp’ly public).

    That was 1 reason why…

    Hey, have you seen what Christie has done to unions in NJ? Teachers have to take math qualifying exams to teach!

    Boorah!

  5. cousin lucky says:

    September 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Is It The Chemicals In The Tap Water That Shuts Off people’s Ability To Reason??

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