All costs to an employer are passed down to the consumer. When the unions demand more money and benefits, that all gets passed down to the consumer. Automobile, utilities, gasoline, and food/grocery stores unions increase there prices to accommodate unions demands. A bagger at a union grocery store make over $25.00/HR. I didn't know being a bagger was a career. All these cost pass down to the consumer and increase inflation/cost of living. Mean while the private sector is treated well due to all the government regulations, and a persons ability and productivity help keep some prices reasonable. Private sector requires more quality and productivity than union workers. A long time ago, this used to be reversed, but now the union wants more for less work. I talk from first hand experience. For companies to stay competitive, some
Auto unions and its members like to spout out arguments about competitive wages. The problem is, they dont tell you what it is competitive to! A high school grad can get a job in an auto plant and be just as productive as any other assembler in 6 to 12 months time. How does that compare to a nurse who deals with life and death situations and is required to take 4 years of college? Sadly, the autoworker makes more money and gets better benefits. I'm all for safe working conditions but the union is pricing itself out of an industry.
I will NEVER buy a UAW produced auto. Why should I pay for some high-school grad's ridiculous hourly wages?
Dis-bank the UAW, pay FAIR wages, car prices will then reflect what the car is REALLY worth.
I will not fund some over-paid UAW worker. Over-paid high-schoolers.
The nation's auto unions are far too powerful. The demands that they have imposed on U.S. auto makers have resulted in U.S. auto makers being unable to compete in a global marketplace. Just an example is the so called "job bank". The job bank required that auto makers pay laid off workers 80% of their wages to sit around and wait for possible recall. With very limited exceptions, unions have a record of skewing contracts to the benefits of the labor force, without long-term consideration of the results. The government bailout of GM is a prime example of the results for the union's imposition of terms on auto makers. The end result is a U.S. product that is overpriced and non-competitive, without government assistance.
The ongoing financial difficulties of GM and other automotive companies affirm the impediments to production and profit caused by auto unions. Costly strikes, demands and grievances contribute to wasted time and resources. Increasingly, large companies look for overseas labor options to avoid paying inflated wages and union-caused obstacles to production.
The demands that the unions place on the auto manufacturers are helping the auto manufacturers stay in the red. While it would be nice to dictate what we all require out of our employers, it is not reality. Companies are struggling right now and should be allowed to do what they need to do to stay in business and to keep jobs in the U.S. There are many people that don't have jobs at all and would gladly accept any terms of employment.
The automobile unions have become so powerful and greedy, that they are killing the geese that laid the golden eggs. By demanding higher wages and benefits, they have crippled the competitiveness of the American auto industry. Their practices have created unfair environments that only create resentment between union and non-union members, coddled and protected workers based upon seniority and not performance, and placed crippling commitments upon the very companies that provide them with their livelihoods.
Auto unions have become way too powerful, and with the demands they have out there, they are single-handedly ruining the American auto industry. The American car manufacturers have their hands tied and have very little wiggle room, because of how the unions required the contracts be set up. Sadly, the manufacturers also can not hire workers that are not tied to the unions.
Many auto union contacts were drawn up several decades ago, when the management was not thinking too far into the future. Once the time came to pay the retirement benefits described by the aforementioned contracts, the companies began to experience financial difficulties. It is not right that a union contact can bring a corporation to its knees, hurting its creditors, investors, current employees and taxpayers.
It is my opinion that automobile unions have become much too powerful. Their demands cost automobile companies vast amounts of money. When they go out on strike, this also costs money, while vehicles are not being produced. During these hard times, when so many would like to have a job of any kind, I feel that the auto workers sometimes demand too much, and the cost of these demands is passed on to the consumer through higher automobile prices.
The problems with auto companies come from a failure in leadership and a cozy relationship with the oil industry. Auto unions are necessary to ensure competitive wages and good working conditions for employees. If we want to improve the auto industry, we need to make sure its leadership is looking to the future, rather than the present.
Most of America's history, with its tumults and its peaceful times, falls upon the backs of the unions. While political leaders and public opinion may fail the worker, the one constant has been the worker's ability to organize and fight for his right to fair wages and working conditions. The auto unions can not possess too much power in this country, because they are doing the bidding of the people. They are run democratically and they should, by right, hold more sway than a group of men in a boardroom. The American way is democracy, not oligarchy, and unions are far more democratic than the oligarchical corporations that oppose them.
Unions have lawyers that will stand up for their workers and keep them from being taken advantage of. If some of that power were taken away, their voice wouldn't be heard. They might have to accept unfair wages, or work in intolerable conditions, if there were no advocates.
I do not believe the auto unions have become too powerful. It may be true that many of the unions have become almost too successful in negotiating salaries and benefits for their members, I do not believe this indicates that they are "too powerful". For the unions to be considered too powerful, they would have to be dictating much more, such as who their members voted for in general elections, what employees succeed, which ones do not, who the management of a company would be, or other things that the management of a company should decide- what products to continue, what to discontinue.
As someone from the motor city, I believe that auto unions have kept wages too high which resulted in a lot of the economic problems within the industry. Unfortunately, when car sales are down, unions should not be demanding pay increases. I do believe that unions are beneficial and important, but they need to be realistic when times are tough.
Our auto unions have become spoiled and have destroyed their own livelihood. Our economic system cannot survive paying high school educated laborers $32 dollars an hour installing wickets on an assembly line. The unions have overpaid everyone, lowered their standards, prevented accountability in the workplace and as a result, destroyed the quality and reputation of American made vehicles. That in turn had a ripple effect on related industries and our economy. Unions were created to protect the employee, not to spoil, over-pay and pamper him. They have gotten too far away from the reason they were created. It's disgraceful that we cannot fire a person who is a bad employee because of a union.