Here's your chance to sound off about the UAW/GM strike. Who's being greedy and selfish here? GM or the UAW? Are the UAW workers just a bunch of spoiled crybabies that want something for nothing, or is GM just symbolic of corporate America's assault on the "little guy?" We want to know!
I'm siding with GM on this one. UAW workers overall are spoiled. During the last layoffs the Big Three had, I remember one UAW employee complaining that he'd have to find a job where he only made $30 an hour! I don't know about the rest of you, but if I made $30 an hour, I'd be living pretty happy. UAW employees make $50 an hour! The other thing is the short sightedness of the UAW, and some of the unions in general. What's the worse option, taking a pay cut, or staying at the same pay rate and losing your job a few months later because the company can't afford to pay your job, so they shut your plant down and move production overseas?I think the big problem with the UAW and unions is they're looking at a situation where their memebrs are gonna have to take pay cuts to a more "real world" wage, and they don't want to give that cushy pay rate up.
I'm all for buying American and everything, but I've got to agree. The UAW workers are a bunch of lazy, spoiled brats. Maybe they should have studied a little harder in school if they wanted a better-paying job! Sure, construction and some of the trades still offer blue-collar guys a chance to make good money, but the days of the high-paying, low-skill manufacturing jobs are well over. The UAW needs to come to terms with the fact their ranks need to become leaner and better-skilled. There will always be a need for specialized skills, but using a power wrench to tighten bolts does not qualify.
Well, it's over. Gettelfinger called off the strike. It seems like the sticking point was the two-tier wage structure, which the UAW finally agreed to. More details to come.