• Apr 4th 2008 at 7:02PM
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The United Auto Workers (UAW) are gearing up to strike against General Motors if progress isn't made on local negotiations affecting three factories in the U.S. The workers at the Arlington, Texas; Parma, Ohio; and Delta Township, Michigan plants are required to give the General a five day notice before the stoppage occurs, and they've told GM's negotiators that if progress isn't made in five days on the local contracts, they'll be laying down their tools. The dispute is primarily over which factory workers will be forced into a lower wage rate. If the work stoppage occurs, it will further compound issues GM is already facing with the American Axle strike, which has forced the automaker to slow or stop production at 30 factories across the U.S and Canada.
[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeap, keep striking, strike yourself out of the job.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The UAW does what it has to do to survive
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, UAW boys and girls, there is a recession going on right now. Keeping on striking, and you could add your jobs to the quarter-million lost so far in 2008.

      "The loss of nearly a quarter-million jobs so far this year and a jump in the unemployment rate means the debate over whether there is a recession is pretty much over."

      Link: http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/04/news/economy/recession_jobs/index.htm
      edpal
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the unions have gotten way off track(Actually about 3 decades ago). They have mostly pushed for more money & benefits, but rarely for real job security.

      Overpaid - oh h@ll yes. Not to mention the one's who sleep on the job or get stoned on the job, but how can someone tightening lug nuts be worth $25+ an hour? I'll bet I could park on the side of the road and find a continuous line of people willing to jack up my car, take off the flat and put the spare on for $20! My lazy @zzhole brother lost his job at GM - $26 an hour for sticking on two windshiled washer tubes......he started going for long lunches and getting high with his co-workers, then started taking days off. I was a non-union toolmaker for 12 years and we never wanted a union trained guy there - low skills(why develope them if you can't be fired), slow, lazy and always wanting to rock the boat with bringing in the union.

      I think unions are a good idea for protecting minority workers, seniority based job protection, safe working conditions,fair treatment,etc....now if only THIS principal were adhered to,"an honest day's pay FOR an honest day's work".
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow these people are freaking retarded. They complain because of money but are always striking. If they had any brains they wouldn't. If there is no negative outcome *besides for the UAW* workers, I hope the union thing gets somehow taken away so they be normal workers like everyone else. It seems like they are a bunch of babies
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it over? On the source news page, this story says they hammered out a deal:

      http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080404/AUTO01/804040442

      Interesting thing is I assumed guys were taking pay cuts, but this says that they are creating a lower paying position for less important work and it will take years for new hires to take these jobs to replace the ones leaving not counting anyone who takes a buyout. One would assume you can work your way up to the other jobs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Go ahead unions, have your strike, put GM out of business like you did
      EAL PanAM,National etc, etc. Like John L Lewis always said, we want
      MORE money for less work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if the workers at the Texas plant can hire illegals to walk the picket line for them?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice
      • 7 Years Ago
      (Insert sarcasm here) Hello, I'm a UAW worker. If I strike, it will obviously help me ensure that I have a future and my children will keep food on the table.

      Translation: How dumb can I be?
      • 7 Years Ago
      John...Mention that to the Toyota factory workers that made MORE than the UAW guys.

      Anyways, some pretty funny comments on here.

      But in all honesty, I would be a tad pissed if my company was gonna cut my pay. So I can see why these people are mad.

      Do I think $27-30 an hour is ridiculous? Yes. Now, when someone who bolts on wheels (which a machine does most of the work) makes as much as my dad (Ford electrician and also a UAW member) and sometimes more, then things seem a bit off. Heck, I find it sad that there are people who work in these plants that put in seats and get paid $27 an hour when I do work that would most likely give some of those guys/women a heart attack and I get paid $10 an hour!!

      jghiuiog: Now, I take offense to that. Go out and meet some union members. They are probably just as smart as you and in some cases smarter. If you think they go on three hour lunch breaks, come back drunk, have their buddies punch their time cards for them, sleep on the job, beat people up in the lots after work, etc. then you are wrong. They are just normal people doing what they are told and doing these jobs to support themselves and their families. I bet if you were a union worker, you wouldn't be saying crap like that. Oh and the republicans are doing such a great job :)

      MajorGeek: I would have to ask my dad but I think that whole pay thing depends on what local you belong to. I know his local has a fund set up for strike pay. I am not sure if the whole UAW is like that. Also, having met and knowing a TON of UAW workers, I would say it's far from being a cult.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No. I don't agree with that. I think even that is ridiculous. Like I mentioned in my comment, I do work that involves, at times, a lot of danger (ie. dealing with traffic on major roads). How come someone who does something, like sweeping, get paid $15 MORE an hour than me to just sweep? It's stupid.

        Sorry, I misread the article about the pay. But as far as the whole cult thing goes, I happen to believe I have some "experience" when it comes to unions. I work with guys who belong to a union and happen to know quite a few GM, Ford and Chrysler workers who are UAW members. I do hear the occasional "Buy American" rants but it's not to the point where it's "cult like". Heck, a good number of my dad's coworkers drive foreign vehicles.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I posted a reply to a different blog but in essance it said that there are people in life who win the lottery of life. Which I define as someone (a person off the street) who gets a good paying job that pays extremely well like the big three. I just want to say there are good points from both sides of the coin and I am peeved at both sides, management and workers but tell me this, what if you were the one who got the job at the big three, would you complain that you make too much money then? I think we all live in a society that if we truely wanted to better ourselves then reach out and crab the bull by the horns and do it. No one is going to stop you. Start a business or something. Look for a better paying job. Sell yourself. But then again wouldn't it be nice to get hired by the big three so you didn't have to?
          • 7 Years Ago
          If I worked with the Big 3 (which I tried before) I probably wouldn't complain. It's a job that pays well.

          Trust me, I am not complaining because I think I am underpaid (which I do think I am). I just find it sad that there are people with jobs that don't involve as much danger as mine but get paid more.

          I am actually happy with my job. It sucks some days but it's fine others. I would find a better job but it took me a year to find this one plus I am going back to college in August.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thats because your not IN the cult buddy, I was. Trust me. My personal favorites was buy American and vote Democrat to save your job and the union. Also, you repeated they were cutting workers pay. Article says they are not cutting pay, only when the jobs are replaced. These jobs are less skilled labor and the union has agreed to it. You also mentioned at 27-30 an hour, its a bit ridiculous, so I assume you agree with GM stance of paying a guy sweeping the floors (for example) 25 an hour.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "F" The union! You UAW guys are about the dumbest. No wonder you always support the democrat. You guys continue to shoot yourself in the foot!

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