Monday, September 25, 2006

Hell Has Frozen Over -- Again

First the Detroit Tigers clinch a playoff spot -- astonishing enough

But then the real shocker.

With the Big 3 automakers losing tens of thousands of jobs, the UAW has come to a realization. These companies need to survive in order for there to be any jobs and the generous pay and benefit packages of the past are no longer possible.

I wonder where they got their first clue.

"Unionization is down, and the legal climate faced by unions in terms of organizing and bargaining is very unfavorable for them," said James Piazza, an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "They have no choice but to compromise and hope the company stays afloat."

Actually the worst wounds the unions have suffered are self-inflicted. They don't know when to say enough (but then who does?) The upper echelons have become disconnected from the workers. They have become a puppet of the Democratic Party rather than trying to get the best deal from both parties. Many of them have been thoroughly corrupted by organized crime. other unions have embraced the folly of Socialism. Cronyism and favoritism is rampant in many unions.

In spite of this they have come up with a common sense plan:

So, armed with the benefit of hindsight, the union has pledged to borrow a page from the steelworkers' playbook, collaborating with Ford and other American manufacturers to cuts costs, improve the bottom line and save as many jobs as they can

I would call that a a good start for a new direction.

They also note that there is hope for displaced auto workers as other industries in other areas are booming. That is good as far as it goes, but not everyone can just pack up and move to another state.

So many union jobs have disappeared that, in order to keep the unions alive, they are doing stuff like unionizing pizza delivery services. What a world we live in.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that pizza delivery driver union deal on the news and laughed my rearend off. He wants to kick back and smoke cigs on the job. Basically just be lazy and nasty as he can be while making more money, all the while being protected by a union. Well I don't see that one taking flight, but then again this is the good ole USA and stranger things have happened. The guy obviously knows something about the union mentality though to think he could get by with that and not easily fired.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I agree with gunz. For heaven's sake, if he's smart enough to organize a union he should be smart enough to do something other than deliver pizzas for a living!

6:06 PM  

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