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Let them sink, says Eagle letter writer

David Dillon
Eagle, CO, Colorado

The United Auto Workers showed its true colors when it refused to negotiate a new contract despite the state of the economy and the potential demise of the ndustry. And is anyone really surprised?

The watch cry of those in support of the auto company bailouts has been the loss of jobs that bankruptcy or the elimination of one of the Big Three would cause. Yet, those who speak for those holding those very jobs are unwilling to do their part, and that is unconscionable.

The UAW was asked to negotiate a new contract more in line with Japanese auto workers who make $45 an hour. Not exactly a poverty level wage. But, members of the United Auto Workers making $75 an hour with some of the most generous pension and welfare plans in the country decided they cannot sacrifice to save their own jobs and instead expect tax dollars to subsidize them.

So, it is time to let them sink.

The CEOs are not the only greedy parties in this mess. Why should American non-union workers making minimum wage or even $10 to $25 an hour ” many with no benefits at all ” be expected to pony up for the greedy working class with union affiliations?

There was a time when unions served a noble purpose. They guarded against the gross abuses of those who would exploit them in sweatshops, and that mission was more than worthy of our support and respect.

But, over time, the unions have become greedy, strong-arming management and utilizing legal blackmail in the way of crippling strikes to bleed their industries dry. Outsourcing and overseas manufacturing are indeed some of worst things to happen to American industry, but how can you blame companies for wanting to make a profit which they simply cannot do under our present inflated collective bargaining agreements? Perhaps it is time to consider the fact that unions may have outlived their usefulness.

With the UAW’s refusal to do its part, it is now time for us to step back and let nature take its course with regard to the American auto industry. Perhaps when they have no jobs at all, they will realize that they should have played ball, and other unions will learn a lesson from the arrogance and greed of the UAW.

But then again, if lessons were ever learned from history, the auto workers would need only look back at what the steel workers did to their industry just a few short decades ago.

Or, more recently, the Writers Guild who went on strike only to have television networks replace scripted shows with reality shows which don’t require writers. Apparently, shooting yourself in the foot has become the American way.

David Dillon


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