Re: Strike possibility is pretty damned good......



In article <MPG.20f71885afa9cf789897b1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Chuck.K <noway@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:


the UAW is DIRECTLY responsible for GM being uncompetitive in the
auto market for the past 10 years. It cost GM an AVERAGE of $1700 a
vehicle MORE to produce, just to pay for the UAW benefit and
retirement package. That's $1700 more than Toyota, Honda, Nissan,
and even Ford and Chrysler.

Nah. Most of the difference is in healthcare costs. If you look
at the history of this, there was a time in the late 70s and early 80s
when it was actually cheaper for the Big 3 to increase the health
insurance than to pay real money. They did so and the UAW gave up actual
real money for the low premium, low copay, golden insurance policies.
Then the later 80s, 90s and 00s came along. The UAW is sorta resistant
to giving up much of this.
Having said, they are not helping themselves by holding on to it,
either. Apparently they are taking the penny wise pound foolish approach
of the airline unions when things went south there.
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