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UAW rank-and-file reject Ford contract
Hot Air ^ | Nov. 1, 2009 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/01/2009 10:42:48 AM PST by Lou Budvis

Do I detect a bit of payback in this story? The UAW rank-and-file rejected a renegotiated contract from Ford intended to bring themselves into parity with GM and Chrysler, as has long been the practice for the Detroit automakers. In doing so, the workers also rejected the counsel of their own union, which had endorsed the new contract. Ford will have to operate at a disadvantage for the next two years in terms of compensation as a result:

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automakers; ford; fordmotor; uaw; unions
Ford was the last American car maker I'd consider buying from. Looks like it is headed down the path of GM and Chrysler.
1 posted on 11/01/2009 10:42:49 AM PST by Lou Budvis
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To: Lou Budvis

If I was Ford I’d let them all go and hire new.


2 posted on 11/01/2009 10:44:16 AM PST by wastedyears (My 15 seconds of fame are on my profile.)
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To: Lou Budvis

Thanks UAW, flush this country down the toilet.


3 posted on 11/01/2009 10:44:38 AM PST by omega4179
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To: Lou Budvis
The UAW's job won't be complete until every domestic car manufacturer is a ward of the state.
4 posted on 11/01/2009 10:47:20 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Ask not what the Kennedys can do for you, but what you can do for the Kennedys.)
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To: omega4179

The worthless union thugs want to have everything with no responsibility, accountability, or productivity.

Blame Ford ... they put up with it all the years. It bankrupt GM and Chrsler and they became the magic negroe’s and the bag fastard’s company. CommieHusseinnFwanky motors.

Its easy to buy Toyota, Honda, Hyundai .. quality cars built by quoality proud Americans that want to work.


5 posted on 11/01/2009 10:49:11 AM PST by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: Lou Budvis
Ford was the last American car maker I'd consider buying from.

What about buying a Ford made in Mexico?

6 posted on 11/01/2009 10:49:35 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: wastedyears

If I was Ford I’d let them all go and hire new.

I’d do like Boeing did and move the plant to a friendly state.


7 posted on 11/01/2009 10:50:49 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman
I’d do like Boeing did and move the plant to a friendly state.

From what has been discussed here the UAW follows the Big 3 into whatever states in which they build plants.

8 posted on 11/01/2009 10:53:22 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: wastedyears

I would march into Federal Court waving a copy of the Sherman Anti Trust Act and accuse the UAW of acting as a competition stifling monopoly in concert with the Executive Branch of the Federal Govt. As owners of Ford’s competitors it benefits the UAW to cause Ford economic hardship. As the US Govt is responsible for this situation , it has created an unfair marketplace and given unfair advantage to GM and Chrysler. Since the US Govt also enforces NLRB rulings, it is in a position of judging any complaint by or against Ford which involves its co owners in those companies. All of this is a massive violation of both the letter and spirit of Sherman.


9 posted on 11/01/2009 10:53:58 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: Lou Budvis

The union crooks have been milking the car buying public for too many years by perks that up the price of vehicles.


10 posted on 11/01/2009 10:58:12 AM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: xkaydet65
Wow, that sounds right to me, and an unintended consequence of the socialist move of putting UAW into ownership.
11 posted on 11/01/2009 10:58:52 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Lou Budvis

...waiting for Obamah to give them Ford Motor Company.


12 posted on 11/01/2009 11:00:30 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: pnh102
SC is a right to work state, thus organizing the new assembly line in Charleston would be tough to do but not impossible. The sad thing for SC taxpayers, is that the state will be subsidizing the new Boeing facility. In my book, corporate welfare is as bad as welfare for those who are able but will not work.
13 posted on 11/01/2009 11:02:47 AM PST by buckalfa (confused and bewildered)
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To: wastedyears

Yep. Declare Chapter 11, take away the union’s retiree health care and turn the pensions over to PBGC


14 posted on 11/01/2009 11:02:51 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: Lou Budvis

UAW isn’t negotiating in good faith! They have a conflict of interest.


15 posted on 11/01/2009 11:04:39 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: wastedyears

“{In doing so, the workers also rejected the counsel of their own union, which had endorsed the new contract”

The union thugs know what the consequences will be. It also demonstrates that the rank and file workers’ IQ is way below the national average. No wonder their productivity is so low.


16 posted on 11/01/2009 11:06:10 AM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: pnh102

Or one made in Canada! My Honda Accord is more American-made that my Ford Crown Vic!


17 posted on 11/01/2009 11:10:23 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: RebelTXRose

UAW isn’t negotiating in good faith! They have a conflict of interest.

You make an excellent point. How can an entity with a more than vested interest in the competition begin to honestly “negotiate” with another competitor. Lets get Gettlefinger on the line.


18 posted on 11/01/2009 11:28:20 AM PST by Artie (Why are methadone addicts the happiest people on earth?)
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To: xkaydet65
I would march into Federal Court waving a copy of the Sherman Anti Trust Act and accuse the UAW of acting as a competition stifling monopoly in concert with the Executive Branch of the Federal Govt. As owners of Ford’s competitors it benefits the UAW to cause Ford economic hardship. As the US Govt is responsible for this situation , it has created an unfair marketplace and given unfair advantage to GM and Chrysler. Since the US Govt also enforces NLRB rulings, it is in a position of judging any complaint by or against Ford which involves its co owners in those companies. All of this is a massive violation of both the letter and spirit of Sherman. This clear fact cannot be stated enough.
19 posted on 11/01/2009 11:36:55 AM PST by SirFishalot
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To: stubernx98
They bus them in from downtown Detriot for Gods sake! How smart can they be??
20 posted on 11/01/2009 11:42:18 AM PST by SweetCaroline (We have the right to debate & disagree with this & any administration ! H. Clinton)
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To: xkaydet65

Well said. Have you considered emailing that to Ford?


21 posted on 11/01/2009 11:43:08 AM PST by Liberty1970 (Democrats are not in control. God is. And Thank God for that!)
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To: pnh102

If you buy a mexican assembled ford product you are still supporting the UAW. Who does the UAW support?


22 posted on 11/01/2009 11:58:51 AM PST by rsobin
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To: wastedyears
If I was Ford I’d let them all go and hire new.

Afraid not. Union state - can't do that. Well, I guess if you fully shut down all operations and started from scratch in a non-union state. But in the meantime, you might as well write off all your physical assets in that union state, because you won't find workers to disassemble and ship your property elsewhere.

OH - and lest we forget, Ford mortgaged the whole ship to stay in business. So I doubt their creditors would allow them to shut down and start over elsewhere - no capital to invest.

So Ford is really behind the 8ball, and greedy UAW members are to blame. UAW forced Chrysler and GM into bankruptcy - and into the government's hands. They tried hard to get Ford in the same position, but Ford persevered.

Time to close the doors? The UAW can't afford to pay their members long.

23 posted on 11/01/2009 12:00:46 PM PST by TheBattman (Pray for our country...)
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To: rsobin
If you buy a mexican assembled ford product you are still supporting the UAW.

How so?

24 posted on 11/01/2009 12:15:16 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Hey Nancy, how many jobs have been lost since you and the Democrats took Congress?)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

Most of the components are union made.


25 posted on 11/01/2009 12:31:23 PM PST by rsobin
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To: rsobin
Most of the components are union made.

I guess that would depend on the car. There is a sticker that notes where the major components are manufactured, for those inclined to make a decision based on that information.

26 posted on 11/01/2009 12:37:33 PM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Hey Nancy, how many jobs have been lost since you and the Democrats took Congress?)
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To: Liberty1970

If Ford’s lawyers haven’t thought of this then either i am completely off base in my comment, Ford is drastically overpaying its legal staff, or the Govt has threatened to take the company as being non productive and not profitable if it makes a Sherman challenge.


27 posted on 11/01/2009 1:12:28 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: wastedyears

What no one will say is that most of these jobs are semi-skilled labor at best, and these worker were way overpaid for the skills required of the job. For years, American auto workers were protected from competition, and the unions had a strangle hold on the companies, but once that ended, then it became apparent just how overpaid these workers are.

It would be nice if we could all make that much money by snapping parts into place on an assembly line, but that sweet gig is gone forever.


28 posted on 11/01/2009 2:37:11 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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