Originally Posted by gpamp
The average wage of a UAW member is $28/hr. Whereas the average wage of a non-UAW employee at, say, a Toyota plant in the U.S., is $25/hr.
The audacidy of wanting $3 more, AND healthcare.
gpamp, haven't seen you here in a long time.
Nobody will argue about them getting $3 more, that is reasonable. I don’t think anybody has a problem with healthcare either, but they have to remember that a lot of working Americans have no healthcare or have to pay for a portion of theirs.
Also, they have the opportunity to work for 20-30 years, retire at age 50, and still receive a large portion of their paycheck for the next 20-30. I don’t know what you do for a living, but I know I don’t have that opportunity, and I am willing to bet you don’t either.
They are lucky as hell to make what they do and have the awesome benefit packages they have. I don’t begrudge them for that, but their incredible inflexibility in this dire situation is staggering. It seems that they would rather drag the company down and lose their jobs than give up some of the rather generous benefits they have. They now believe they are entitled to those things, and the bottom line is they are not.
They got together, got GM to agree to a sweet deal, and they rode it out as long as it would go. The ride is over. They need to come to the realization that the have milked the cow dry.
Just to be fair I will say that GM is to blame also. I don’t know the specifics, but apparently they had the money to pay their benefit obligations and misused it. They spread themselves too thin with 15 different brands selling 20 different cars. They also failed to adjust their production properly to align with demand related to gas prices and “going green”.
Tired of typing.
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