…if only the UAW…

In May, TOC noted that the future of manufacturing automobiles can be seen in Brazil. At that time a link was provided to the embedded video, below, from the Detroit News. It seems worthwhile to make it more easily accessible as we are regaled by Rod Gettelfinger, and the usual suspects writing letters to the editor of the LSJ, about the significant concessions the UAW has already made.

The Lansing area UAW just finished a month-long local strike here in the economically worst performing state in the Union. American Axle workers in Hamtramck are voting on whether to end an 87 day strike. The UAW is also just coming off a strike in Kansas.

In the mid 60s I worked on the line at the GM Fisher Body plant in Lansing, building Oldsmobile F-85, 88 and 98 chassis on two different assembly lines. When our chassis [should have said “bodies” -DH] rolled off the end of the line they were transported to a different plant by truck to be mated with the drive-train and frame. The engines were built in a third facility. Times have changed, more so where the UAW does not hold sway.

This: Ford’s most advanced assembly plant operates in rural Brazil, is a good example of why Michigan needs a right to work law. It’s also a good example of why manufacturing is a dead-end in Michigan otherwise.


Seems like Ford, at least, already knows how to make cars at a profit. Too bad the people actually running Ford operations in the US, i.e., the UAW, don’t get it. I mean, we’re supposed to be impressed they’re going to gradually dismantle the Jobs Bank?

3 thoughts on “…if only the UAW…”

  1. MAYBE. They’ll MAYBE gradually dismantle the jobs bank. Don’t give them credit for something they haven’t promised yet.Gettelfinger may be Chris Dodd’s best friend… he’s the man whose come closest to killing Michigan “in a New York minute.”–Nickwww.RightMichigan.com

  2. Toyota workers don’t support 3 pensioners per active employee, which is why the hourly cost for UAW members is over $70 per hour. Big 3 management signed contracts with the UAW that make Big 3 workers uncompetitive.The point you seem not to have taken from the post, Anonymous, is that the manufacturing process as constituted by the Big 3 cannot survive, and it’s partly because the UAW has refused to make changes like those Ford has accomplished in Brazil. That’s original thinking not allowed here.In the fullness of time the UAW’s strategy has not helped its members. So, while nobody said unions are evil, the union leadership cannot be excused from their mistakes. Even if management colluded in them.

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