Thursday Highlights

Good morning. Chicago today is 27F (warming to 30), I however am again in Atlanta on business and here it’s 37 warming to 68.

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  1. This is the sort of crap Obama wants to encourage.

    The workers are striking because the company wants to cut wage and benefit spending in half despite turning a profit. What’s your problem with that?

  2. Mark says:

    JA,
    Just a few things.

    • American automakers are struggling to make a profit in the first place.
    • The deal they refused, as I’d heard it, was the one that the UAW accepted.
    • Are you pretending $70 per hour is going to fly against foreign competition for semi-skilled labor? Tata with a $2500 car is competing with likely $2-$4 dollar a day employees.

    I’ve yet to see any reason/rational how stronger unions help us become more competitive in global markets.

  3. I’ve yet to see any reason/rational how stronger unions help us become more competitive in global markets.

    Is that the sole goal? Don’t we care at all about workers? Should we use child labor and sweatshops to compete better with China?

    Why should the company be allowed solidarity in decisions that effect workers but not vice-versa?

  4. Mark says:

    JA,
    $20/hour != sweatshop.

    Obama is “in favor of increase protection for unions”.

    How much is too much? Or is he just pandering to the union vote? (that is lying?)

  5. $20/hour != sweatshop.

    Didn’t mean to imply it was, just demonstrating that “competing” is only one side of the question.

    How much is too much?

    I don’t know — how much IS too much? If you don’t know, why are you criticizing him?

  6. Mark says:

    JA,
    while I don’t know exactly what is “too much”, I think now that the pendulum of power between union and company has swung too far to the union side. How much it should swing back would be my question … not how much further can we push it.

  7. Really? I thought unions have become less and less powerful over the last century. Is that not so?

  8. Mark says:

    JA,
    I’m always shocked whenever I’m in contact with companies that have unionized.