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  •  Oh, I know what the idea was (0+ / 0-)

    And the management of Detroit was stupid to sign on for it.  But that's not how it worked in recent practice.

    Here's an example of what I mean:

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    March 28, 2006

    G.M.'s Jobs Bank Looms as Major Obstacle on Road to Survival

    By JEREMY W. PETERS

    At the General Motors assembly plant on the barren outskirts of Oklahoma City there are 2,300 reminders of why the company needs to persuade tens of thousands of workers to take the buyouts it offered last week.

    Each day, workers report for duty at the plant and pass their time reading, watching television, playing dominoes or chatting. Since G.M. shut down production there last month, these workers have entered the Jobs Bank, industry's best form of job insurance. It pays idled workers a full salary and benefits even when there is no work for them to do.

    This plant was closed permanently, not temporarily.  This is the type of thing that causes non-union members to hate unions.

    •  My point, though (0+ / 0-)

      Is that this is something management wanted.

      Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

      by Linnaeus on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 06:17:30 PM PST

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    •  To expand further (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not saying that there weren't things that could have been done differently along the way.  What I am trying to do is provide some context.  The narrative that something like this is all the UAW's fault is simply not accurate, and it's the kind of thing that gets used selectively against it.

      Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

      by Linnaeus on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 06:39:59 PM PST

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