UAW Workers Favor Unemployment Over JobsTuesday, September 28, 2010
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.