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#19763 of 20641 Re: Any UAW jobs cut??? [steve_]
Jan 30, 2013 (4:58 pm)
Typically the housing and auto industry is first into recession and first out of recession. As for the WSJ it has been wrong prior. Can we quote the Wall Street Journal?
"Richardson Texas will be the BOOM town year 2000"
In many ways, it's worse. Like the massive declines in the nation's steel, oil and automobile industries in decades past, the disintegration of the telecom business is leaving deep wounds in the U.S. work force. But labor historians say telecom stands out for the unprecedented speed of the boom-and-bust cycle. After telecom was deregulated in 1996, it quickly expanded by some 331,000 jobs before peaking in late 2000. Since the downturn started, though, companies have announced layoffs that have wiped out all those new jobs and more -- a total of well over 500,000 workers, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal. By contrast, it took two decades for the ranks of the United Auto Workers to fall to 732,000 from 1.5 million, as the auto industry was forced to become much more efficient in the face of foreign competition.
#19764 of 20641 Re: Any UAW jobs cut??? [dallasdude1]
Jan 30, 2013 (5:48 pm)
It would be interesting to see where all those people are 10 years later. Did they get rich off the housing bubble? If not they may be flipping burgers. They have probably joined the Architects that are now a dime a dozen. If they are smart they went back and took some courses and are now in the Fracking business. My nephew just flew to TX at a companies expense for an interview. He graduates this May from UCSD with a BS degree. He was offered a job right out of college in the gas fracking industry. Those without jobs should head to ND and get in on the last big black gold rush. Times change and it is our responsibility to change with them or get left out in the cold.
#19765 of 20641 Re: Any UAW jobs cut??? [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 30, 2013 (6:45 pm)
Wonder what McDonald's is paying in Fargo or Bismark? Probably more than minimum wage. And no UAW dues.
No cheap place to live either I bet. Probably lots worse over in Williston though.
#19766 of 20641 Re: Any UAW jobs cut??? [steve_]
Jan 30, 2013 (9:34 pm)
I told Rocky he needs to snag an old Winnebago and head over there. Make the big bucks while they are flowing. He keeps believing something will come around in Michigan. The UAW is all but dead. Some people cannot see the forest for the trees. You got to go for the gusto or just be satisfied bagging groceries at Krogers.
#19767 of 20641 Re: Any UAW jobs cut??? [gagrice]
Jan 31, 2013 (4:55 pm)
From Peter M. De Lorenzo's January 30th Autoextremist:
The plainly delusional head of the UAW embarrassed himself - yet again - in a rambling interview with The Detroit News last Friday. In typical King fashion he blamed everyone else - while insisting he wasn't blaming anybody - for the UAW's troubles, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, the failure of the Democratic party to bolster his union and the Evil Empire of Nissan. King went so far as making accusations, according to The News, against Nissan's management at its Canton facility, including this: "In Nissan Canton, every level of management in that plant has been involved in threats and intimidation of workers," King said, adding that workers at the Mississippi plant have been told the factory will be closed or future vehicles will be produced elsewhere if they vote to unionize. "It is an attack on human rights, civil rights, worker rights." To Nissan's credit, they blasted back, basically accusing King of not telling the truth, although I'm sure they wanted to use much harsher words. "The UAW's continued attempts to disparage Nissan are unfounded. Over the last 30 years Nissan's U.S. manufacturing operations have built a hard-earned reputation for being ethical, honest and transparent in our dealings with our employees and the communities where we do business," said company spokesman David Reuter. The real issue? King can't for the life of him figure out why no transplant auto manufacturing facility wants anything to do with his union, even though he has been insisting for going on two years now that it would just be a matter of time before they succumb to the UAW's bullying tactics. No, the reality is that it's just a matter of time before the UAW completely implodes due to the weight of its delusional view of the world and its ridiculous intransigence. This just in: It's all over except for the hand-wringing for the UAW. And it's oddly comforting - and comical - that King continues to be the last one to know.
#19768 of 20641 Re: Any UAW jobs cut??? [roadburner]
Jan 31, 2013 (7:20 pm)
It will be most interesting to see how many UAW folks opt out of paying dues now that Michigan is RTW. If I was a young worker making $15 per hour working along side some old dude knocking down $30 per hour, I would tell the UAW where to stuff it. King needs to start looking out for his workers and not trying to get some fat cat appointment from Obama. That is all he was doing backing Free trade agreements that were sure to cost Americans more jobs.
#19769 of 20641 Or head to Alamogordo, NM...
Feb 03, 2013 (12:08 pm)
and get ABG's, EKG's, give breathing tx's and assist with intubations.
Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo is the oldest park in the SW (built in 1898) and has 70 creatures in their natural habitat to enjoy while visiting.
Feb 03, 2013 (1:15 pm)
But I just read it for the first time (from some wag in Illinois before car sales picked back up):
UAW stands for U Ain't Working.
Feb 03, 2013 (7:29 pm)
"King can't for the life of him figure out why no transplant auto manufacturing facility wants anything to do with his union, even though he has been insisting for going on two years now that it would just be a matter of time before they succumb to the UAW's bullying tactics. No, the reality is that it's just a matter of time before the UAW completely implodes due to the weight of its delusional view of the world and its ridiculous intransigence. This just in: It's all over except for the hand-wringing for the UAW. And it's oddly comforting - and comical - that King continues to be the last one to know."
He represents EVERYONE that is a UAW member, pure and simple...they have lived in a cloud for decades, thinking that tightening lug nuts is skilled labor worth $35/hour...it isn't...it is that simple...they have this inflated view of themselves, like Hollywood movie stars who live in their own vacuum, believing their own press clippings...
At least the buggy whip makers realized the handwriting on the wall when they saw more and more cars drive past their shops every day...these UAW idiots think they will bring the transplants into their fold when those folks run like hell when the union appraches...
The UAW is as obsolete as the old 5 pound cell phones, they just don;t know it because they have a Democrat in the White House trying to insulate them from reality...it works now, but the fuse is burning slowly...
If the Repubs take the White House in 2016 (another topic, I know) you can assume that the UAW will be history by the 2nd year of the administration...and the nation will be better off for it...
#19772 of 20641 good ripples in Michigan
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 15, 2013 (5:59 am)
"GM, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC — plan to hand out more than $780 million in profit-sharing checks.
GM will pay 49,000 U.S. hourly workers up to $6,750 each, Ford will pay 45,800 U.S. hourly workers an average of $8,300 each, and Chrysler Group LLC this month paid 31,000 U.S. hourly workers an average of about $2,250.
The combined per-worker total of $17,300 is only slightly lower than the $17,875 total the three automakers paid out in 1999, according to the UAW. It's also $2,600 higher than the combined bonuses last year."
UAW members in southeast Michigan to share $360M in profit-sharing checks (Detroit News)