Friday, November 13, 2009

UAW Workers Taking Strike Vote Over Having Too Much Work To Do...

With tens of thousands of members unemployed, after helping to drive General Motors and Chrysler into bankruptcy, the Union of Ailing Workplaces (aka the UAW) is taking a strike vote over a disagreement on workloads at Ford.

As unbelievable as this may seem, the UAW workers in Kansas City, Missouri seem upset over being asked to become more effcient.

According to the Detroit News,
The dispute began during the company's annual "rebalancing" talks with the union, which are aimed at increasing the plant's efficiency.

According to people familiar with the situation, the United Auto Workers feels that some of the proposed changes would give some workers too many tasks to perform. A strike vote is typically taken in such cases as a way of increasing pressure on the company, though these rarely result in actual work stoppages.

However, the situation at the Kansas City plant, which produces the Ford F-150 and Escape, the Mercury Mariner and the Mazda Tribute, remains volatile after 92 percent of UAW members there rejected a recent agreement on concessions between the union and Ford.

With a national unemployment rate of 10.2% (and likely to rise further), the UAW seems to be working hard to hardly work. Perhaps, if the UAW does strike Ford, the company could find some workers who are willing to work.

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