This article's viewpoint is rather limited. Why doesn't the author use actual wage/benefit facts about the UAW to see how they compare to the rest of the private workforce?
In my company the load of white-collar workers is about 20 percent (including most of management). The load of our union employees is 50 percent, which means that our union employees' benefits are more than double the costs of management benefits.
The current Western economic system rewards a few categories very well: the political and economic elites, the public service system and most (not all) private unions.
I understand the confusion. Many of my friends who have minimal benefits and are poorly paid as artists, activists or working in nonprofits still somehow believe that they share the same economic interests as unions.
The UAW and Automakers are both as unconscious and irresponsible as the other. They just do it in a different way and then get to point the finger at each other.
Los Angeles, CA
May 19 2009 - 7:56pm