14 Jun 2011

Latest Blog on Union Workers’ Greatest Enemy: The Collective Bargaining Agreement

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My latest blog, Union Workers’ Greatest Enemy:  The Collective Bargaining Agreement, is available on FredSauerMatrix. To read it click here.

This article addresses the rise and fall of two great American Institutions:  free assembly unions and the American Automobile Industry.  In 1937 after the Flint Sit-Down Strike, GM reached a deal with the UAW to recognize it as the exclusive bargaining representative for GM’s factory employees.  The impact for both GM and the UAW employees proved to be dramatic as the UAW progressively demanded more in wages and benefits and more of a managerial role in GM and the other legacy automobile companies.  I use facts, first-hand stories and thorough analysis to show that the UAW’s demand, and GM’s acquiescence,  for a role in managing GM and the other US automobile companies ultimately paved the way for massive layoffs of union members and the rise of the foreign automakers in the US market.

12 Responses to "Latest Blog on Union Workers’ Greatest Enemy: The Collective Bargaining Agreement"

  1. brian copeland says:
     
     

    First of all, the rise of foreign automakers in the US market was due to the fact that The Big Three were still making cars that guzzled gas while the foreign imports didn’t. Detroit didn’t get it and I’m guessing through your rose colored glasses you don’t either. Secondly,

    A labor union is organized by workers to negotiate with employers for better wages, safer working conditions and fair treatment. Unions exist to improve the quality of life for employees.

    American labor unions have:

    – Established the five day, 40-hour work week;

    – Successfully pushed Congress to enact the minimum wage;

    – Established safety standards in the workplace;

    – Helped establish Social Security for retired workers;

    – Helped create the retiree pension program;

    – Fought for equal rights in the workplace for minorities;

    – Established the 8-hour work day;

    – Saw that compensation for working overtime was established;

    – Fought for child labor laws;

    – Pushed Congress to create unemployment insurance;

    – Pledged to allow no work stoppages during WW2;

    – Ensured worker rehabilitation laws for those disabled on the job;

    – Helped create and strengthen the US middle class;

    – Established equal rights for working women;

    – Created standards for worker health in the workplace;

    – Established paid sick leave, provided job security and established severance pay;

    – Got workers family and medical leave;

    – Ensured basic worker’s rights and workplace health and safety laws that now effect all American workers, union and non-union.

    Political action by labor unions is one of the few remaining ways that the American workersan counterbalance some of the enormous political power purchased by corporations.

  2. demz taters says:
     
     

    Who needs unions? Patriotic Americans know that they’re competing with a third world labor force that works for a few dollars a day and are willing to downgrade their expectations. It worked so well for us in the 19th Century.

  3. taz delaney says:
     
     

    sir, a study by the dept of education in school-year 2007-8 found that in actuality, the average grad had read only 68 pages of history that year total! and this is exactly how historicaly ignorant we’ve become.

    consider this… king george denounced the american revolutonaries as, quote, “traitors to king & country; terrorists and EVIDENCE OF THE SCOURGE OF LIBERALISM!” well, if not for those terrorist liberals, you’d still enjoy the queen on your currency, right?

    and who did those brave liberal-left revolutionaries admire most and from whom came the guns & money to revolt when just 1/3 of colonists ever supported them? well lafayette and danton who brought down the monarcy there by way of the COMMUNE, hence marx’s term. and did you know marx actually repeatedly states that “comunist revolution to unseat the capital and their cronies in government must move rapidly towards a democratic socialism”?

    and as for socialism ‘destroying peoples,’ well, as the great historians will & ariel durant say in their 13,000 page world history… ‘native socialism was the spring from which all decency in what we call civilizatioin came.”

    when the 15 million ‘indians’ who were here in 1492 had been reduced to barely 1 million… sitting bull was dragged to washington as a trophy. there, he witnessed thousands of homeless, hungry, destitute and wrote, “so this is what they plan for my people? among us, if one eats; all eat. if one has shelter; all share it. these whites are barbarian savages!”

    last year, 49,000 americans, including over 4,000 children and even infants were let die due to no helath coverage… rich pigs literally stepping over the dying to get to their guardedcompounds and the senator they own for dinner. and you like these garbagemen?

    jesus christ: “treat the least of they brethren as thou wouldst treat me.” so i guess you would treat christ like a bum?

    wake up goons! it is time for ‘the let them eat cake crowd’ to find out what marie antoinette saw…

  4. taz delaney says:
     
     

    hey, demz taters… you think that lack of unions was a great thing for americans in the 19th century? so you approve of child slave sweat shops paying 4¢ an hour for 10 hours a day? want to spend you entire life in a grimy blazing factory so some rich pig can live ina mansion while your kids live in rags/ perhaps you should try livinng on walmart-slave wages that average $9.12 an hour… their CEO makes more a year than 47,000 walmart-slaves and the useless but ‘entitled’ walton heirs make as much annually as al their slaves!

    but not to worry, the guilotine is making a comeback here real soon!

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