9.24.2007

You Don't See This Every Day


The union that is the UAW has ordered a strike as of 10:00 a.m. this morning after contract negotiations with General Motors broke down.

A voice from my radio told me it was the first time this has happened in over 30 years.

And the voice also told me that the parking lot at the plant in Arlington is now emptying out.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bring in the scabs. The unions are a big reason the domestic auto industry are in the dumps. Nissan, Honda, and Toyota have shown you can have productive plants and workers without an union.

Anonymous said...

It is the first time in 30 years a " National" strike is called, normally they strike at a plant that builds something small and has 40 people working that supply the rest of the world with something therefore closing due to a parts shortage. Whick means GM still has to pay them 95 % of a 40 hour week.

Anonymous said...

10:39 they also showed that Toyota can bring a plant here, and use our tax loopholes to send the money back to Japan. People like you are OK with that though. USA made stamped on it while he money goes to Japan. You probably display an American flag on your Toyota..sad. Anything bad about U.S. Auto companies always comes back to the UAW. They dont make the parts, they assemble them. I doubt many of us could handle 10 - 16 hour days on foot 6 days a week making repetitive motions the body was never meant to handle. These people do what robots cant. Look what scabs did for Valujet.

Anonymous said...

If you put a plant in poverty areas using Americas tax loopholes and hire Billy Bob at 16 bucks an hour when he was getting 8 at Wal Mart, of course it will be successful. Successful lant, but not to our economy whose tax system is being exploited.

Read the book " Take this Job and ship it"

Anonymous said...

The Unions are what's wrong with the American car companies. GM, Ford et al, cannot make money with those fat union contracts, because Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura, Nissan/Infiniti don't have to pay their workers as much money or as many perks...

Anonymous said...

12:41, I don't own a Toyota. I do however own two Mazdas, a Volvo, and a Mercedes-Benz. All are made in their respective countries, because I know Americans cannot assemble a car to save their life. I know when we've been bettered. I would rather purchase the superior product, no matter where it was made. I wanted a lightweight two-seater convertible. What domestic manufacturer makes one? Pontiac? Ha! The Solstice/Sky is a porker. Know where I can get an American rear wheel drive station wagon with a manual transmission? Nope, didn't think so. Why should I promote second-tier products? I'm not going to give a company my money with the promises of something better a few years down the line.

The domestic auto manufacturers didn't learn their lesson in the '70s. They chose to build hulking land barges instead of fuel-efficient vehicles the public wanted. They were sleeping when the Japanese came in. Now history is repeating itself. They didn't learn then, they're not going to learn now. I'm not going to patronize ignorance.

Anonymous said...

12:41, Do the American workers that work at the Japanese plants go to Japan to shop? No, they spend that money here which helps our economy. If Japan closed their plants instead of doing what we are accused of(outsourcing) then these people would not have a job. Another thing, scabs had nothing to do with ValueJet. It was a customer illegally shipping oxygen generators.

Anonymous said...

Americans don't buy American products. Plain as that.

Anonymous said...

Labor Unions protect the middle class. Anyone who thinks corporate America pays you the salary they do because they like you are truly foolish and naive.

The destruction of the middle class now has everyone working in the home. It takes TWO INCOMES !!! What happened to the old days when the wife chose to stay home and raise the children and the husband brought the money home for the family?



likes having to make their wives work to make ends meet?

Anonymous said...

5:50
Where on earth did you get the impression that the middle class is disappearing? Probably saw it on your big screen TV? Did you have a couple of drinks while you sat on your fat ass and let someone off in hollyweird make that conclusion for you?
From what I can see, the middle class and even the poor,seem to have resources to own and the leisure time for TV. Most seem to smoke (not one of life's necessities) drink (ditto), own 10 times more unused toys than their children use or their parents ever had, have never planted a garden as an important food source, or would EVER consider walking somewhere to save money. The good old days of that famous missing middle class were times when only one paycheck was enough because people lived simpler, less "instant-gratification" lifestyles. More resources are available today than back then. They are simply being poorly administered because of our conspicuous consumption addiction.
And this was all made possible because an entire nation decided it was a good idea to sit in front of a TV and let corporate America brainwash you into buy megatons of stuff you don't need. Look into the mirror for a while instead of into the TV. There you will find the real problem.

Anonymous said...

5:50PM, those evil corporations didn't take that away. Everybody has to have two SUVs, a 50" TV, Xbox360, zero-turn mower and everything else under the sun. And they want it right now. Ever heard of the term "$30,000 millionaire"? Can't be slummin' it, even out in the sticks.

Anonymous said...

Americans can't make a car. I had my Toyota in the shop for windshield repair. The rental car was a 2007 Chevy Malibu- it was a piece of rickety, poorly engineered CRAP. Couldn't wait to get the Toyota back, even at 10 years old, it ran smoother.

Anonymous said...

uhh..2:01 PM it was a scab contractor doing what a licensed mechanic that works for VJ should have been doing. I hope the next time you scab lovers fly, your on a plane that was maintained in Signapore, El Salvaore or Mexico by a non union shop with people who dont have half the training and certifications as the U.S. people who are required to be drug tested and certified.

Anonymous said...

7:36 & 7:54

You wouldn't know middle class from your double wide. You cant know what you will never be or was.

Because Americans have luxuries and cars they are greedy that makes them bad?

Are you guys Tobbaco Lawyers or Asbestos Doctors?? God I love Human Resource people ...

Use both hands when you remove your heads !!!

Anonymous said...

5:26? Was your retort logical or just a line you stole from a movie? Have you ever had an original thought?.......Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:30

You must be Scab Labor. And thats not a thought but a fact. The lowest of lowest are anti labor and pro scab.

Back under the rock you slithered from ...