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    Look I have little love in my heart for the UAW. Years ago, I worked in an office organized in the UAW's administrative union. My job category (permanent 40-hour part-time) prevented me from joining the union. The shop steward actually complained to my boss when I complained to him about my situation...working in a union shop without union protection, without ability to join the union, and without health insurance and other benefits. Two months later I was laid off and I believe the two events were connected. Neither the union nor my "progressive" public sector employer wanted some rabble-rouser pointing out their comfy arrangement that created second class employees. So my general attitude is the UAW can go fuck themselves.

    That said, it's hard to blame the UAW for the Big Three's problems. The UAW could do some things to help the situation. They are ready to eliminate the Jobs Bank, which makes sense at this point. They should also concede to restructuring the grievance process. Big Three plants have to staff at 120% capacity to make up for absenteeism. I'm all for the working class but you actually should have to work.

    But there are other issues out of the UAW's hands. Wages and benefits are reasonable. Legacy costs need to be addressed through national health care reform. Frankly, that's the Big Three's fault for not championing that issue sooner. And UAW or no, few people are buying cars right now. Toyota and Honda also saw 30% drops in sales.

    detroitist - this is why Detroit can't have nice things

    by Woodwards Friend on Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 11:53:03 AM PST

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