Tuesday, March 30, 2010

On UAW Membership Losses: Tell us how you really feel...

Yesterday, we reported on the UAW losing tens of thousands more members in 2009.  Today, the Detroit Free Press has a letter to the editor worth sharing:

In the March 30 article “UAW membership sinks to post-WWII low,” the statement “auto bankruptcies cost it (the union) jobs in manufacturing” is a lie, used to front a story when bankruptcies are only two years old and the decline has been going on for the past 20 years. The government destroyed the unions by changing the work rules and laws to make workers disposable. First with NAFTA and then paying manufacturers via foreign investment tax credits to go overseas for cheap labor to favored trading countries such as China and calling it a world market. A true lockout.

The final straw was allowing temporary workers and workers willing to work for half the wages and no benefits.

The union used to call them scabs, and now they are welcomed. All those who fought and died for the American dream of a piece of the pie have been betrayed by greed and avarice, the new American way of defeating union brotherhood and solidarity forever.

Paul Heller

While Mr. Heller blames the government, more likely the decline of the UAW is due to competition from more efficient automakers. 

Perhaps Mr. Heller should have questioned the 'greed and avarice' of his union sooner.


“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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