[QUOTE=pipemanid;2171805]And management isn’t responsible at all? Unions, including the UAW, made it possible for an hourly worker to buy a house, a new car, put their kids through college, and helped establish a viable middle class…Most of the workplace changes have been brought about by unions…While not perfect, they do and did serve a valuable purpose in the progress of the US…[/QUOTE]
The UAW thinks they should continue to have members paid 95% of their salary for sitting at home. While Toyota, Subaru, Honda, BMW etc. are building assembly plants here the Big Three are shipping jobs overseas. Why is that? Could it be the UAW has made them uncompetitive if they use union labor? Even now with the Big Three at the edge of the abyss they still have a plate full of demands. They would rather not have a job than be competitive with the other domestic plant’s workers.
I agree that unions served a valuable service but that word served in in past tense. They have now become dinosaurs that have fed off the US automakers and other domestic manufacturers to the point they have become cannibals. It is the lazy, power hungry and greedy leadership of these unions that have done then in. You say they made the American dream possible and in some respects I agree. However, I say they are in the process of killing that dream today and they either don’t care or can’t see what they are doing.