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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Uaw
Detroit lies in a shambles, in large part owing to the greed of the automobile unions. The United Auto Workers once helped autoworkers achieve the good life, but then brought the Motor City to ruin with unreasonable demands. Now it's looking to move into the South to recover relevance.
A United Auto Workers drive to organize workers at the Volkswagen Passat plant in Tennessee is turning into a critical battle in labor's drive to breach the wall of foreign automakers who have flocked to the American South and other right-to-work states in recent years to open nonunion plants.
The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers.
President Obama's environmental regulations and tax increases are job killers enough, and now employers must also deal with a fully reconstituted National Labor Relations Board, with two new Democrats and two new Republicans.
We all know how the Obama administration likes to portray the auto bailout: A generous infusion of money enabled the government to save General Motors and Chrysler. Jobs that otherwise would have disappeared were rescued by this taxpayer-funded largesse.
Union workers at Ford Motor Co. overcame early opposition to a new four-year contract with the company and overwhelmingly approved the deal in voting that lasted two weeks.
Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will add 5,750 jobs and invest $4.8 billion in its U.S. factories as part of a new contract deal with the United Auto Workers union.
Factory workers at General Motors have overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract with the company that has profit-sharing instead of pay raises for most workers and promises thousands of new jobs.
A new four-year contract deal between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. will add or keep 6,400 jobs in the U.S. but will keep GM's costs in check by offering buyouts to longtime workers and replacing them with lower-wage hires.
Negotiators for the United Auto Workers union and Detroit's Big Three automakers labored into the night Wednesday in a bid to avoid production disruptions and clinch their first labor agreement since the $80 billion government bailouts of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler two years ago.
The head of General Motors Co.'s North American operations believes new contract talks with the United Auto Workers will be different from the contentious bargaining of the past.
His eggs were scrambled, his toast was multigrain, but GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, campaigning Thursday morning at a diner in the Michigan county where he was born, found himself on the hot seat from auto workers who picketed his visit and slammed him for a flip-flop on the industry bailout.
General Motors Co. is putting more muscle into making Corvettes, investing $131 million and adding about 250 jobs at Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant that produces the classic muscle car.
Under the administration of President Obama and the former Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, it was fashionable to engage in class warfare and attack anything viewed as corporate excess.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Officials of Chrysler Group and the United Auto Workers — after they dispensed with formalities yesterday — staked out how to approach what many consider to be the most important talks in U.S. automotive history.