• Oct 2, 2010
GM's Lordstown plant builds the Chevrolet Cruze, but when plant management needed the cars coming off the line repaired, it didn't use plant workers; it sent the cars to an outside repair shop. That didn't make UAW leadership happy. The union's response was to draw up a leaflet telling workers that "management is not your friend," and to take their discontent to the press with the message that things haven't really changed.

Local 112 president said the issue was resolved the next day. For its part, General Motors says it has met with the UAW and a "resolution [is] expected soon." The situation was blamed on the pressure that management and labor are under to get the Cruze right. From the outside, this doesn't look like a productive way to achieve that end.



[Source: Automotive News – sub req'd]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The UAW and other big labor unions need to go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Any corporation/company that has a union in this day and age deserves one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Back to the Vega days?
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the way they build the cars at Lordstown, I don't blame GM for outsourcing the repairs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW has become the legalized Mafia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have visited several Japanese and American automotive plants in the US, both union and non-union. ALL of these plants have an area where minor repairs are made to the vehicles BEFORE they leave the plant. This is part of the QA/QC process. They find minor paint blemishes, mismatched trim etc. Most plants have special teams dedicated to this process. I think the big mistake made by GM was to go outside the plant for these repairs. Not sure of the thought process there. I do agree with several other posters that the majority of workers in automotive plants, both union and non-union, take pride in their work and understand if they don't build a quality they will not have a job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It not the labor unions or capitalist ideology that is killing this country, it is the binary thought lunacy displayed on the message board.

      Are labor unions needed? Yes. Have they become a bloated bureaucracy? Yes. Is the truth is somewhere in the middle? Yes. Can the same be said about management? Yes.

      People who think differently than you do are not commies, or fascists... they just think differently.

      I suspect that everyone turned off they're 24 hour cable news channels (and whatever other avenues they use to have opinions-treated-as-facts shoved down their throats) there would be more clear-headed remarks from both the left and the right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol It wouldn't need repair if it wasn't built by lazy UAW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Typical UAW - build something wrong in the first place, then cry when you can't get paid twice to build it correctly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets show up to work and work is union members problems, if they show up and if they are not drunk nor high! We need unions because management sucks but the UAW is a monster that has brought nothing to the table but we will strike if we don't get our way mentality, which in turn everyone loses! Time for everyone to wake up and do their job and have pride in their work. Also to get paid relative to their job, not $25 an hour to push a broom wtf! Executives make too much too! No easy answer, when does the greed stop and everyone decides to make a great product!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, why not just do it right the first time. Line speed to fast? Assembly instructions not workable? Parts not fit right? Need more assemblers? Need fewer chiefs?
      Maybe GM should get some of the boss's from the Ren-Cen down there pronto and put them on the line, earn some of that 6 figure income and fix the problem. case closed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it can be done right the first time and mess up on the second go round. as far as cars need repairs coming off the assembly line is something that always happens across all manufacturers. and they all have their techniques to fix the damages that happens during assembly of course nobody never thinks this happens and pursue monday morning quarterbacking on the subject.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the UAW is going to ruin GM again. No cost cutting or efficient ways to save money. GM has to bow down to the employees needs. This is really irritating to me since (Im sure your sick of hearing it) we had to bail them out.
      How are you supposed to run a business that is efficient and profit seeking if you have to bow to the employees wants? Man I very much dislike the UAW.


      Note: If you havent already realized it. If GM was outsourcing something, it was to save the company money that would be spent on more capital, employee wages, along with the costs that come with employees. Outsourcing is a great way to cut costs. (btw, it was outsourcing in the US, which means it was helping small business)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be great if the UAW went away so our manufacturers didn't have to deal with crap like this.

      UAW served its purpose a long time ago, but now they are past their expiration date.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, lets lower ALL wages to Chinese levels, let's let children back in the factories, let managers berate and humiliate workers, let's have no representation at the bargaining table, let's throw all that expensive safety crap out the window, let's get rid of that stupid 40 hour week and let's work for our masters 7 days a week.

        Did you take the day off on Labour Day? Shame on you...you should of been busting butt for your corporate master.

        Let's just keep believing the mega-rich need more and we should be damned happy with whatever crumbs we get. You don't need to be a Hugo Chavez commie to realize that large corporations control the message and you all are falling for it.

        The is no 'I' in the USA, but there is a huge 'US'.
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