Wednesday, October 26, 2005

More GM Layoffs

The plant that makes the Chevy SSR, sort of a combination pick-up truck and roadster, is shutting down for six weeks, idling 400 workers plus part suppliers. Fortunately, my company is not involved with this particular program.

What is sad is that these employees have been laid off for3o weeks so far this year, which includes this current layoff. Link to story.

GM and the UAW need to face reality and adjust to it. While I don't put a whole lot of stock in Darwin, the idea of "adapt or die" is an undeniable fact of existance. GM does not rule the roost anymore and they need to learn how to live with this fact. The hourly employees and retirees have to face the reality of either losing a lot or losing everything, and they too must learn to live with this.

There is also this from the opinion page of the Lansing State Journal, and I have to agree with this line.

"And even with wage limits, GM jobs remain some of the most lucrative in the manufacturing world".

This commentator goes on to use this as an excuse for a federal healthcare policy but that only transfers the problem to the government and does not solve the root of healthcare problems in America.

Meanwhile Governor Granholm is at least talking to the Big 3 and Congress and some of her ideas have merit but others are little more than political grandstanding. I would urge her to go to Japan, South Korea etc and make a pitch to their companies to open plants in Michigan or at least the Midwest.

A federal automotive summit may not be a bad idea, but I wish Senator Clinton would stay away from it; she is creates more problems than she solves and needs to get out of public life.


Anonymous Chris said...

That plant idling isn't a UAW issue. It's a Chevy SSR ain't selling because it's a piece of crap issue.

7:33 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

You may well be right, but it goes with the general decline of GM.

7:55 PM  

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