Posted by Liberty on December 29, 2008
“Even as the industry struggles with massive losses, the UAW brass continue to own and operate a $33 million lakeside retreat in Michigan, complete with a $6.4 million designer golf course. And it’s costing them millions each year.”
“But the Black Lake club and retreat, which are among the union’s biggest fixed assets, have lost $23 million in the past five years alone, a heavy albatross around the union’s neck as it tries to manage a multibillion-dollar pension plan crisis.”
And the UAW is a heavy albatross around the auto companies’ necks. And the bailout is a heavy albatross around the taxpayers’ necks.
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Posted by Liberty on December 10, 2008
Check out http://sweetness-light.com/ for a lot of info on the scandal involving disgraced Democrat governor Rod Blagojevich. They go into Obama’s connection with Blago and also the involvement of the SEIU.
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Posted by Liberty on December 5, 2008
Professor Mark J. Perry of Carpe Diem blog fame has been consistently posting good info on the plight of the Big Three automakers. He’s been especially highlighting the fact that union labor contracts have been a major reason that the Big Three are no longer competitive. The MSM is handling the union with kid gloves, but that’s nothing new. For instance, what do you know about the Job Bank? The Job Bank is a union-backed program where laid-off autoworkers can collect up to 95% of their wages and benefits. That’s right–the Big Three have been paying union workers, even when they’re not working. Hmm…have Honda or Toyota been hamstrung by this kind of program? The answer is no, because they employ non-union workers and consequently haven’t had the UAW gun to their heads. Read Professor Perry’s brilliant post: Cost of Jobs Bank 2005-2008: $4,200,000,000.
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Posted by Liberty on November 18, 2008
This is an interesting editorial from Lori Stillwagon Roman, president of RegularFolksUnited.com. She worked her way through college at a Buick plant and moved on to other positions within GM through the course of her career. She’s opposed to the Big Three bailout currently under consideration in Congress. She makes the case that government interference and the expense and inefficiency of union labor have contributed to the crisis that the Big Three are in now.
“First, I believe that sending the government to bail out the auto industry or an industry at this time is like sending an arsonist to put out a fire. The government is partially to blame for the problem with the auto industry.
The government created the credit crisis by forcing lenders to make bad loans and the resulting credit crunch made it difficult to sell cars. Democrats in Congress (even some from Michigan) are responsible for blocking domestic oil production in the United States which has driven up gas prices and sent our wealth and potential American jobs to the ‘bad guys’.
One would think that since the government created the crisis, they should fix it, right? No. They should STOP messing with the markets, not mess with them more! They should let lenders make prudent loans and let energy producers produce energy and they should let the automakers get out of this mess without government help or interference. They should not send folks with gasoline to put out a fire. Congress doesn’t just want to ‘bail out’ the Detroit Three, they want to add on their own restrictions to make Detroit ‘green.'”
Posted in Redistribution of wealth, Union Thuggery | Tagged: Bailout, Government interference, Union | 2 Comments »
Posted by Liberty on November 13, 2008
The BIAW backed GOP candidate Dino Rossi in the past two governor’s races, therefore that makes them a target of free speech smothering liberals. My question today is, why is the BIAW smeared as an evil “special interest group” by the Democrat party while their candidates take massive contributions from unions, environmentalist groups and Indian tribes? Aren’t those “special interest groups” also? Do these same Democrats have a problem with union dues from SEIU and WEA being used for political purposes?
Washington Republicans, you had better start fighting back hard against these hypocrites or we are going to be stuck under the Dem’s thumbs forever. It’s called a press conference, you should try it.
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Posted by Liberty on November 13, 2008
If you’re watching Katie Couric [seriously, why are you doing that?!] or some other MSM teleprompter reader, you probably haven’t seen anything about the effect that the United Auto Workers have had on GM’s current financial stress. Professor Mark Perry was on to this last week on his blog Carpe Diem. He’s had a chart posted that compares the average salary of a Big 3 autoworker [generally under UAW contract] with the salaries of Toyota workers [free market/non-union], management and professional workers, other forms of manufacturing and the workforce in general. [Naturally, the chart is easier to visualize. See it here.] Guess who’s making the highest average salary? You’re right–the UAW workers at GM, Chrysler and Ford. On average, they make $73.20 per hour, compared with Toyota at $48.00 per hour. The Big 3 are also saddled with paying massive union pension and health care expenses for their retirees. Is it any wonder that they aren’t competitive? I don’t pretend to know how to solve this problem but if there were some way they could divorce the UAW, I suspect that would help. On the one hand, I blame the Big 3 for even agreeing to these union contracts but then again, what choice did they have?
Auto companies have also been in Congress’s cross-hairs in recent years, at the behest of environmental activist groups. Time after time, Congress has raised CAFE standards, telling auto makers that they have to build vehicles that attain a certain fuel economy, regardless of what their customers actually want to buy. Between the unions demanding inflated wages and fat benefit packages and the government regulations, auto makers have been existing in something other than a free market for years.
Here’s one more link on this subject, from the Wall Street Journal.
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