Monday, November 16, 2009

Why Can't Workers Understand? Unions Are The Problem!

The above jobless chart shows the divergence between Detroit, heavily unionized and supported by the free economy and Washington DC, heavily unionized with no competition and supported by the taxpayer.

I reference two articles, one about a Kia plant in Alabama and the other about Boeing moving a major aircraft plant from Everett, Washington to Charleston, SC. What is the common thread? Unions. Detroit has lost thousands of jobs due to union demands and threats of strikes that forced auto company executives to capitulate to demands, the cost of which could never be covered. The auto industry was forced to leave Detroit and environs for greener pastures down South. In addition, since the government takeover, you the taxpayers are on the hook for the accrued and unpaid benefits.

We can also point to other industries and towns like Fall River, Mass. for textiles and shoes, and Pittsburgh for steel (although making a nice recovery after their unions saw the writing on the wall).

Towns in Alabama are reveling in the upsurge in jobs created in non-unionized Kia plants and Hyundai parts manufacturers.

Charleston, SC has just won bids for a new non-unionized Boeing plant to produce its new 787 Dreamliner, which Everett, Washington so desperately wanted. For decades the northwest has been the hub of aircraft manufacturing, why now the change? The production of the Dreamliner is two years behind schedule due, in part, by crippling strikes by the union machinists. Boeing is willing the spend a $Billion to build a plant and train new workers to remove themselves from the high cost and crippling strikes caused by unions. This is the only way a company can survive.

Do the non-union workers have any animosity toward their new employers? No, they appreciate the good paying jobs and benefits a well run profitable company can give its workers.

The only growing unions today are those supported by the government and you the taxpayer and that is due to the lack of necessity, no need to do a good job, no need to care, and no need to worry about where the money is coming from.

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