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UAW Wants Concessions Back From Ford

From Fox News:

Auto Union Looks to Recover Concessions From Ford During Contract Talks

Published March 21, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Now that Ford is back in the black, the United Auto Workers union wants to recover the perks it gave up over the past few years as the auto giant teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.

Rhetoric is flaring ahead of negotiations this summer for the UAW’s next four-year contract. More than 1,000 delegates from the union are meeting in Detroit this week to strategize for those negotiations.

The talks will encompass labor agreements with the Big Three automakers, but Ford’s impressive profits may make the company a target for union representatives looking for a bigger share of the wealth. Union members also have more leverage with Ford, since Ford workers did not agree to the no-strike clause approved by employees at General Motors and Chrysler.

Bill Johnson, who represents workers at a Ford plant in Wayne, Mich., told the Detroit Free Press that if Ford does not restore "everything" to the union, "the membership is going to knock it down."

And this is the problem with unions in a nut shell.

Of  Detroit’s Big Three, Ford is doing the best. The company did not have to declare bankruptcy and did not accept a federal government bailout…

General Motors recorded a $4.7 billion profit. Chrysler lost money in 2010, though it is expected to turn a profit this year.

UAW President Bob King has said the union will press the automakers for expanded benefits.

"All the sacrifices that our members made to turn these companies around were part of the process that’s really led to this amazing turnaround," he told Bloomberg in January, claiming members gave up between $7,000 and $30,000 since 2005. "We want our membership to share in a very meaningful way in the upside of these companies."

And never mind that GM and Chrysler still owe the US taxpayer billions. And never mind that GM is being given untold billions in further tax breaks. The UAW wants more. And they want theirs first.

Or they will destroy the companies — again.

The auto union has made a series of concessions over the past several years as the industry’s financial woes became increasingly more dire. They agreed to pay higher premiums and higher co-payments for health care in 2005. In the last four-year contract in 2007, they set up a second-tier wage for entry-level workers starting at $14 an hour, or about half the wage for current workers. They also approved several other changes, though union members received a $3,000 bonus in exchange for the agreement.

In 2009, workers went further and agreed to suspend bonuses and cost-of-living increases, among other concessions

Gosh, what terrible concessions. Imagine having to pay higher co-payments for your health care! By the way, are they going to give their $3,000 bonuses back?

"All the bad [union] habits are going to be on the table for restoration," said David Littmann, a senior economist with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Though union workers have made concessions, total pay and benefits are still better for American auto workers than their Japanese counterparts — the average GM worker earns $57 an hour in pay and benefits compared with $51 an hour at Toyota, according to an August estimate Littman cited from the Center for Automotive Research.

Littmann said health care benefits will probably be the biggest provision union negotiators will be after this summer. He said that in light of the epic battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, UAW representatives may feel obligated to press hard for better benefits.

"They’re kind of duty-bound to show clout," he said

Speaking of Wisconsin, this story shows us just how right Governor Walker is about the need to strip the public sector union of some of their collective bargaining rights.

If Wisconsin ever gets into the black again, the unions would demand an immediate return to the ‘good old days.’ And the cycle would just repeat itself.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “UAW Wants Concessions Back From Ford”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I guess the union members are too stupid to see “cause and effect” here. They stopped fleecing the company and it becomes profitable again, well DUH I wonder why that is?

    I know we’ve been over this before but there is no real need for unions anymore. This isn’t a hundred years ago and the socialist experiment has been proven to be a failure so it’s time to move on. I was planning on trading my seven year old Caddy in on a Lincoln but I guess I’ll have to rethink that now.

  2. Enthalpy says:

    “Now that Ford is back in the black, the United Auto Workers union wants to recover the perks it gave up over the past few years as the auto giant teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.” Fine. I now demand repayment of money expropriated from my children and their children’s children by our stellar government to pay for retired and present day UAW workers’ exorbitant perks, retirement benefits, and medical expenses.

  3. proreason says:

    This is why I didn’t get overly enthusiastic about Ford’s relative “success”. The cancer was still in the body.

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”Bill Johnson, who represents workers at a Ford plant in Wayne, Mich., told the Detroit Free Press that if Ford does not restore “everything” to the union, “the membership is going to knock it down…….”

    Sooooooo………..Ford has returned to a relative position of strength, and didn’t do so on the shoulders of the American taxpayer. I might also add that they did this IN SPITE of the UAW, not because of it. Personally, I think a de-certification proposal should be circulated throughout Ford’s corporate structure, just to rattle a few cages.

    Surely the rank and file can’t be as stupid as their leadership portrays them to be. And what about our “fragile” recovery? Aren’t these goons afraid they’ll torpedo “the Won’s” boast of returning the country to prosperity?

    Every time these fools open their collective mouth they manage to show their ass. What pathetic, parasitic bastards!

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    This is a classic example of those who once held power, then lost it, and yet waist no time to regain it when they see the earliest opportunity.

  6. “the parasite’s concern, is the conquest of man” Howard Roark – The Fountainhead.

    Or of man’s possessions.

  7. canary says:

    SEIU takes over bank in rowdy protest refusing to leave


    Ford did get a loan from Obama at the time Obama bailed out GM. They claim to have paid it back.
    Fords problem is the quality of their vehicles sucks.

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