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.