UAW on strike at GM

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  1. PodKATT

    PodKATT Time to Put Your Pants On

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    not sure if this is the right sub-forum, but anyway

    After 10 days of negotiations after the previous contract expired, UAW and its 73,000 workers walked off the line this morning. Its the largest strike since the teamster's postal strike in '97. Many estimates say GM only has 67 days worth of auto's in stock to sell.

    So how many days will it last? I say two weeks. Any takers?
     
  2. NoLimitMD

    NoLimitMD Founding Member

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    I'm pretty sure it was '98, since I was working for GM in Detroit at the time. It was a bizarre summer, to say the least.

    Guessing who will hold out longer is a complete crapshoot. Hopefully they can break the union at some point. It's either that, or eventually go out of business. Their option, I guess.
     
  3. martin

    martin Banned Forever

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    our local socialists who think collusion and price fixing is wrong should come out against these labor unions, who are clearly colluding and manipulating the labor market.

    of course i dont mind collusion, if these union guys wanna risk it, i say go for it.
     
  4. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

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    GM still hasn't recovered from the '97 strike that lasted a couple of months. The unions are the prime reason that the US has no steel industry anymore and will soon have no domestic auto industry. Collective bargaining is a good thing, but the union stranglehold on the industry has gone far beyond this.

    This isn't good for the US economy. The companies ought to have the right to replace strikers who do anything more than a symbolic walkout. Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers. Why can't GM fire the overpaid auto workers and hire them back on more reasonable terms?
     
  5. TigerBait3

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    Tell them to not come back and go to south Texas and round up some hard workers that dont care about unions....I wish anyways.
     
  6. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

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    More likely the GM plants will be moving to Mexico.
     
  7. PodKATT

    PodKATT Time to Put Your Pants On

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    I meant largest in the size of the striking force. the 97 postal strike involved well over 100 thousand employee's. no biggie though.

    btw, looks like the Canadian arm of the uaw will be joining the strike. Very politely (they're waiting till the end of business on Tuesday at most plants).
     
  8. NoLimitMD

    NoLimitMD Founding Member

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    Tell Red that! :hihi:
    Interestingly enough, the strike started right after I arrived in Detroit, and ended right before I left. I've tried not to infer anything. :hihi:

    Definitely got interesting, with the daily ominous updates on the voice mail, and "power saving" (read: turning off A/C) to even out the power load.
     

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