The UAW Wants Your Foreign Cars to Cost More

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The UAW plans to force unionization on all foreign car companies in the United States.

The UAW, if you remember, needed to be bailed out with $50 billion taxpayer dollars (which has NOT been paid back), in large part because of their unaffordable legacy costs, salaries/benefits (including full health care), costly union dues/negotiation processes, and the expenses involved in hiring union bosses and their minions.

The UAW currently has about 376,000 active employees and over 800,000 retirees. The car companies are essentially paying for two companies, one with members who work and one where they don’t. We have an obligation to pay for these retirees and to honor their benefits, but we can’t keep doing what we did.

The biggest injustice to taxpayers is that these privately negotiated contracts were foisted on them by Obama.

GM is going to ship Volts to China for manufacturing because they can’t compete with the costs of unions here. Obama caved. Once  the Volt goes, China automatically gets the technology, which I hear is basically good. Read here: Obama caves to China – bye bye Volt

This way of doing business is unsustainable. Take a look at Greece if you don’t believe me. We have nothing against UAW workers and we want them to keep working, but when their union bosses want to keep their salaries/benefits intact by forcing unsustainable work agreements on private foreign companies, we have a problem here at the Sentinel.

It’s a Pyramid scheme in the making.

The UAW companies still cannot compete with the foreign manufacturers building in this country because of the better quality and lower prices offered by foreign manufacturers. Foreign companies offer good benefits and pay, but they are reasonable. The UAW would have foreign companies become unionized or leave the country, with little or no regard for our economy.

The UAW has a plan to unionize all car companies, probably starting with the German car companies because they see them as the weakest link. The union is going to sweep across thousands of dealerships throughout the country to force this initiative.

The UAW’s funds have been slipping and they have had to dip into their strike funds to pay expenses. They need to feed the beast. I see their not having strike funds as a plus myself. Read here: UAW’s Last Stand

In general, strikes by unions are extremely costly for U.S. companies. Companies like Boeing have lost valuable contracts because of strikes.

The new NLRB rules make unionization nearly automatic, requiring little employee agreement.

The NLRB was functioning, until recently, under the Socialist, Craig Becker, who once famously said, he “believes that the United States should somehow control or restrain the freedom of capital, or that the mobility of capital not being under ‘popular control’ is somehow a threat to Big Labor.”

The NLRB routinely ignored the lone Republican on the board under Becker, who was a recess appointment. Becker’s term is up and Obama has now appointed two Democrats and one Republican during the recent 32 second recess.

The appointees include Democratic union lawyer Richard Griffin, Democratic Labor Department official Sharon Block and Republican NLRB lawyer Terence Flynn. This board will support and encourage full unionization of our labor force wherever possible. Read here: WSJ

Since the foreign car companies are mostly based in the south, which is hostile to unions, it might not be easy, but the NLRB has already shown a willingness to overstep the limits of their authority in cases of forcing unionization. They will do what they can to make it happen.

What unionization of all car companies means to you is a much higher priced vehicle, perhaps the quality will have to go down with it. They will have to cut somewhere and it won’t be a cut into the labor bosses piece of the action.

Here is a list of recent strikes –

 

Recent UAW Work Stoppages/Strikes (Union Facts)

Federal Mediation and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is a U.S. government agency responsible for mediating collective bargaining contracts. The FMCS tracks work stoppages, also known as strikers.

Employer Union Start Date Days on Strike Employees on Strike
Light Metals Corporation
Manufacturing
Wyoming, MI
UAW Local 19 2009-11-01 201 100
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc
Manufacturing
Hurst, TX
UAW Local 218 2009-06-15 42 2433
Douglas Autotech Corporation (Fuji Kiko; Japan)
Manufacturing
Bronson, MI
UAW Local 822 2008-05-01 439 146
Peterbilt Motors Company
Manufacturing
Madison, TN
UAW Local 1832 2008-06-23 298 750
Reilly Plating Company
Manufacturing
Melvindale, MI
UAW Local Region 1 2008-12-01 109 31
Jaquith Industries
Warehousing (Includes Food) Manufacturing
Syracuse, NY
UAW Local 624 2007-12-03 452 37
Daido Corporation
Manufacturing
Bellefontaine, OH
UAW Local 1224 2007-07-01 407 325
Jaquith Industries
Manufacturing
Syracuse, NY
UAW Local 624 2007-12-03 252 37
General Dynamics Armament & Technical Products
Manufacturing
Marion, VA
UAW Local 2850 2008-04-12 62 360
NTN BOWER CORPORATION
Manufacturing
HAMILTON, AL
UAW Local 1990 2007-07-25 323 270
Guarantee Specialties
Manufacturing
Cleveland, OH
UAW Local 70 Region 2B 2007-05-14 381 15
American Axle & Manufacturing Master Contract
Manufacturing
Detroit, MI
UAW Local National 2008-02-26 87 3844
General Motors Corporation Fairfax Plant
Manufacturing
Kansas City, KS
UAW Local 31 2008-05-05 17 2700
General Motors Lansing Delta Township Plant
Manufacturing
Lansing, MI
UAW Local 602 2008-04-16 30 2500
Intat Precision Inc
Manufacturing
Rushville, IN
UAW Local 2339 2008-04-07 31 248
Cotta Transmission Company
Manufacturing
Beloit, WI
UAW Local 1576 2008-05-01 4 45
ZF Boge Elastmetall LLC
Manufacturing
Paris, IL
UAW Local 2343 2008-04-06 16 148
GUNITE CORPORATION
Manufacturing
Rockford, IL
UAW Local 718 2007-11-19 112 146
International Truck & Engine Corporation (2) Master Agreement
Manufacturing
Chicago, IL
UAW Local Multi 2007-10-23 54 4000
Daimler Chrysler Commercial Buses North America
Warehousing (Includes Food) Manufacturing
Oriskany, NY
UAW Local 2243 2007-09-06 21 400
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
Manufacturing
Detroit, MI
UAW Local 2007-09-24 2 45729
General Motors Parts Distribution Center
Retail Sales / Distribution /
West Chester, OH
UAW Local 674 2007-09-24 2 99
Pneumatic Hydraulic Dev Inc
Manufacturing
Fort Wayne, IN
UAW Local 1101 2007-09-24 1 75
Conn-Selmer (Vincent Bach Division)
Manufacturing
Elkhart, IN
UAW Local 364 2006-04-01 445 230
Mueller Brass Company
Manufacturing
Port Huron, MI
UAW Local Region 1, L 44 2007-06-01 12 220
HCC Inc
Manufacturing
Mendota, IL
UAW Local 904 2007-04-16 6 140
KEM Manufacturing Co
Manufacturing
Fairlawn, NJ
UAW Local 2326 2007-01-04 57 32
Alcoa Cleveland Works
Manufacturing
Cleveland, OH
UAW Local 1050 2006-11-06 57 850
Esab Welding & Cutting Products
Manufacturing
Hanover, PA
UAW Local 1968 2006-03-27 213 250
Hercules Drawn Steel Company
Manufacturing
Livonia, MI
UAW Local 174 2005-05-01 536 73
WEDIN INTERNATIONAL INC
Manufacturing
CADILLAC, MI
UAW Local 2101 2005-05-01 534 17
ABAR IPSEN INDUSTRIES
Manufacturing
ROCKFORD, IL
UAW Local 2056 2006-02-13 7 70
KS Bearings, Inc
Manufacturing
Greensburg, IN
UAW Local 2005-11-04 14 24
Dresser Roots
Manufacturing
Connersville, IN
UAW Local 1118 2005-11-02 8 86
EASTMAN MACHINE COMPANY
Service
BUFFALO, NY
UAW Local 936 2005-03-14 133 91
KRUPP GERLACH
Manufacturing
DANVILLE, IL
UAW Local 2128 2005-05-11 46 140
CNH AMERICA LLC (4)RACINE, WI UAW Local 180 2004-11-03 138 876
Terex Cranes, Inc.
Manufacturing
Waverly, IA
UAW Local 411 2005-02-07 35 190
LYONS CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP (LYONS CAR COMPANY D/B/A)ALBERT LEA, MN UAW Local 8 2005-02-04 14 9
BUDD COMPANY, THE
Manufacturing
SHELBYVILLE, KY
UAW Local 2383 2005-02-07 1 1130
LIGHT METALS CORP
Manufacturing
MUSKEGON, MI
UAW Local 19 2004-11-01 65 105
MCLAUGHLIN BODY COMPANY
Manufacturing
MOLINE, IL
UAW Local 1414 2004-12-06 28 240
DETROIT DIESEL CORPORATION
Manufacturing
LIVONIA, MI
UAW Local 163 2004-11-10 1 200
DELTA DENTAL PLAN OF MI
Health Care
LANSING, MI
UAW Local 724 2004-10-07 25 162
ZF Boge Elastmetall LLC
Paris, IL
4/6/2008,
UAW Local 2343 2008-04-22 0

 

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