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#19776 of 19798 Re: This could be the D3 UAW [gagrice]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 20, 2013 (9:36 am)
Heh, just posted that over in Buying American Cars. The WSJ link there has a copy of the letter up.
#19778 of 19798 Re: No place like home in the Packard Plant [gagrice]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 06, 2013 (7:18 am)
He's got his computer and he has net access, so he's set. Reminds me of Whittier AK.
#19779 of 19798 Re: No place like home in the Packard Plant [steve_]
Mar 06, 2013 (7:25 am)
He probably has cable in there. Has to be cold though.
Last time I was in Whittier was around 1973. Before they started to renovate that military building. We hauled my landlord's boat over on the train, and spent several days in Prince William Sound fishing. From Google maps it looks a lot different today.
#19781 of 19798 Re: Hunger in Suburbia? [lemko]
Mar 12, 2013 (10:56 am)
I live in a somewhat upscale rural area. I am amazed at how many Caddies and Mercedes are parked in the lot on food bank days. Ralph's gives out food to anyone that wants it. Mostly fresh veggies, potatoes, onions, lettuce etc. along with bread and day old pastries. This depression is hitting right up into the upper middle classes. Living at the ragged edge can really get a family. No problem if you got kids. They will dump buckets of money on you.
#19782 of 19798 Re: Hunger in Suburbia? [gagrice]
Mar 12, 2013 (11:03 am)
Of course, you can also find decent enough looking old Caddys and MBs for a few grand, and finance them for eons. I could see a car loan crisis like the home loan crisis not long ago.
But no doubt, this virtually unregulated "free trade" socialize losses/privatize windfalls system is creating demand for safety net services.
#19783 of 19798 opening the door?
by steve_ HOST
Mar 20, 2013 (4:49 pm)
"In Chattanooga, you need union representation" to negotiate working conditions, IG Metall President Berthold Huber said in a letter distributed in early March to the plant's 2,350 hourly employees.
"We strongly recommend that the eligible employees at Volkswagen, Chattanooga, decide that the UAW should represent them," he added.
Huber's letter is another positive sign for the UAW. Last week, Horst Neumann, VW's board member in charge of human resources, said the company was in talks with the UAW about setting up a German-style labor board at the Tennessee factory."
German union chief to VW Tennessee workers - Join UAW (Reuters)
#19784 of 19798 Re: opening the door? [steve_]
Mar 20, 2013 (8:35 pm)
It will be interesting to see how it goes. When I went to work for RCA Alascom, they welcomed the Teamsters as they had contracts all over the World with the parent company RCA Globecom. They were on the side of the Teamsters from the get go. The Techs wanted the IBEW. IBEW sold us out and we ended up Teamsters. There are advantages for the company. They don't have to deal individually with employees on pay. No hotshots coming into the bosses office saying I am worth more than those other workers. Good for the common worker, bad for the hardworking individuals.