• Sep 24, 2009
There's "Buy American!" and then there's "Buy Union!" If you're among the most serious about keeping your red-white-and-blue money in the U.S. of A North America and organized labor is close to your ticker, then you'll want to check out this list put together by the United Auto Workers. It lists all of the vehicles made in America and Canada by union labor -- either UAW or CAW.

Naturally, it's heavy on domestic offerings, but if you're devoted to imports you can still avail yourself of a few Toyotas, Mazdas, Mitsubishis, and a VW Routan, and support "workers who enjoy the benefits and protections of a union contract." Nevertheless, knowing how some feel about unions all we ask is please stay on topic and please be kind to your virtual neighbor. Let the comments begin...

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      Mike Mopsick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why should we care? When did the UAW ever give a r*** a** about making quality cars? When was it ever a priority for them to make safe cars? UAW, like all unions, have only one concern -- the dues-paying members. I'll happily keep buying Japanese cars (yes, real Japanese cars made in Japan), and let the UAW keep running America's Auto Industry into the ground.
      alan
      • 2 Years Ago
      unions need to end overpaid employees overpriced cars union members are the scum of the earth
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah good, now I know what cars I will definitely not buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unions make no sense in this day and age of federal laws protecting the worker. Just another way to make the workers paycheck smaller by forcing them to join an union.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're kidding ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Get rid of unions and the labor laws are next.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right on! Those greedy blue collar middle class workers have been taking advantage of poor defenseless corporations for waay too long. It's about time we stop coddling these Johnny Lunchpail's and start appreciating the downtrodden corporate execs for the skill and masterful guidance they bring to corporations like GM, Chrysler, Tyco, Enron, AIG, Goldman Sachs.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        well, lets see here.
        stay away from corporations, unions, insurance, lawyers, politicians, sales guys,....

        guess you cant trust anyone. everyone is too damn greedy and when you group em together and give em a little power. yowza. mob mentality with structure.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Richard - I too have worked a production line at an auto plant. It sucks. I couldn't take it and I got out of that line of work. High five to you for hanging in there. These people haven't an effing clue what the hell they are talking about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is the problem. There is a place for unions, but they shouldn't be taking this feudal view; and neither should their members' employers be allowed to by the government.

        The goal of unions is to make their members' workplaces safe, their pay commensurate to their work, and their positions reasonably secure. No reasonable employer's board of directors would want anything less for its employees; but sometimes things are stretched a little in the interests of the shareholders.

        When "a little" becomes "a lot", you've got a problem, and that's where the unions come in: they're the checks and balances. What could be more favorable to business than to ensure your workers are well cared for?

        And on the other hand, when "well cared for" becomes "living in the lap of luxury with no risk of losing work even in a down market or in the event of zero output", there's a problem. And that's why we're in the crap we're in now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrong, Josh. Worker protections are largely written by pro-business lobbyists, and protect the owners first. Unions were never more necessary than in today's climate of corporate fraud and greed. Why do shareholders and execs deserve the best of everything, while hard-working family men and women on the line are called greedy for wanting a reasonable wage? Nonsense.

        Disclosure: I am a CAW Chrysler worker. I am not lazy, or rich. My body hurts every time I leave work. My eyesight, hearing, and respiration have all suffered from the work environment. My life expectancy is lower than my contemporaries in office jobs. Excuse me for wanting collective protection for wages, safety and health issues, and pensions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You could say that Unions have the same type of narrow interests as well. I wonder what a union boss makes a year on the guise that he is protecting his members.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brian/Matt/P71 doesn't drive any car. He would have to leave his mom's basement to do that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather spend my money on a "union built" car and support what remains of the American "Middle Class." After all - what is our economy without consumers?

      The cars that failed in the market did not fail due to union workers. they failed due to a failure to design cars we wanted to buy. Germany has the planet's highest production costs, yet, we salivate at every unreliable and expensive to maintain Bimmer shipped across the Atlantic... why?

      Sign me up for a Cadillac CTS. Go American.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It'd be nice to compile a list of all union-made auto's available in North America, built elsewhere as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      -1 to the first comment
      This is the list of cars I would choose from, and it's a good group of cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So hang on a second you guys are going to not buy what are some very good cars just because a Union makes them? As pointed out before if you buy a foreign make built in Europe or Japan you are most likely buying a Union made car too. Every German autoworker is a Union worker.

      Cadillac CTS Nope won't buy it don't care how good it is not even the V model.

      Dodge Viper nope not gonna buy it made by greedy unions

      Corvette nope not even a ZR-1 Like most of the people on here could even afford a regular Vette let alone a ZR-1.

      Mustang well I don't care if it has a solid axle or not but a union made solid axle means no sale.

      You won't buy a Camaro, Challenger, 300 or a Charger because not only are they Union cars they are grubby Canadian union cars even worse.

      Utter stupidity. Buy what you like and what suits your needs at a price you can afford that makes sense and ignore all this Union or domestic vs import BS.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Buy whichever car suits your needs best, or you find desirable. Why worry about stuff like whether it is union built or not?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because voting by what you purchase, or purchasing according to your values, may ultimately help change the tide on social issues more than by who you vote into office. So, I like to support unions, based on the fact that I support them conceptually, and I also like to buy products from companies that are [more] environmentally friendly [than others] and [more] LGBT friendly [than others].
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Tim,

      "The fact that today UAW workers make almost identical wages compared to Toyota and Nissan non-union workers in the USA pretty much proves that point."

      It's the other way around. Non-union workers in foreign owned US plants have always had their wages and benefits geared to what UAW workers get. That's one reason the UAW has never been able to organize those plants.

      What killed the US automakers was the legacy costs of pensions and health care for retirees. That's where the $75/hour figure comes from. It's what current workers get paid plus benefits PLUS what goes to retirees. Obviously the foreign owned plants don't have legacy costs.

      But I agree with you that it's stupid to say you won't buy a car simply because a it was built by a union worker in the us. My guess is none of the posters who said they wouldn't do that would make the same claim about German or Italian cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That "cost per worker" figure includes everyone who is retired as well as all their benefits so it is dishonest. Retirees are dying in droves. That supposed figure has to come down a lot and very quickly. But you won't hear about that because it's so much more exciting to think that UAW workers make $70+/hr and it gives people a reason to hate them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well thanks for letting me know which cars to avoid buying. I dont wanna have to pay for the $75/hr that UAW workers get paid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stop with the $70/hr lie already. Jesus H!
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