Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I am sympathetic to the cause of and need for unions, but the UAW has given ground because they had a lot to give. I would like to see a close watch on making this deal fair to everyone.  It is unfortunate that labor is being asked to reduce hard won wage rates, but they really are like the companies, between a rock and a hard place.

Both the manufacturers and labor in Detroit have been privileged in many ways. The manufacturers have had their way with government using influence to  manipulate government and regulation to produce quick short term profits rather than using opportunities to produce innovative, quality products that would have made them competitive for the long term. For its part, labor cut its own throat by refusing to live with reasonable and comparable wage and benefit options, and that's why successful foreign manufacturers chose areas outside Detroit to open their own American plants.

Frankly, I haven't bought a car produced by the Detroit "big three" in over 35 years, and I'm not sure I ever will buy from them again. I rate the Detroit produced cars owned up there with my Fiat as all time worst investments.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Dec 20th, 2008 at 02:46:20 PM EST
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