With so many jobs going to China, I expect that your labor union movement will be championing Chinese workers now, and celebrating the fact that 500 million of them have been lifted from poverty? And Humanist labor people are the first to recognize that having a job is far better than arguing for $75/hr on a Detroit assembly line, only to end up in the street?
Is this meant to be inflammatory? Because no Auto worker makes close to $ 75/hr on any assembly line. Marty perhaps you’re one of the millions of people who would rather sit down in hole, and complain about what the other guy has, rather than pull yourself up, and realize the wages you’re worth? This is one of the biggest problems of Organizing Labor everywhere. And I have seen first hand, companies capitailize on this resentment. The kind of easily exploitable resentment you are possibly displaying.
The only thing inflammatory here is the fact, Vy.
“GM says its total hourly labor costs are now $69 including wages, pensions and health care for active workers, plus the pension and health care costs of more than 432,000 retirees and spouses.”
I think it’s fair to say that if GM was paying $69, then the UAW had indeed argued for $75 at some point.
No apology needed.
Now you might maintain that the worker never sees that $69, but I can tell you that GM does, and that’s who pays it . Maybe it’s time for US workers to pull themselves out of the idea that any company can rationally pay them that, or ever will again?
Further, it is a serious truth that the 25:1 wage “advantage” western workers have enjoyed vs Asian workers must be radically reduced, and I mean radically, or no sane factory manager is going to set up anywhere near the US anytime soon.
Only the devaluation of the US dollar, and Sterling, and the Euro and Yen, which race is underway, together with a ballooning of gross costs of Asian workers due to them finally acquiring some benefits and pensions has any hope of bringing that discrepancy under control. Ergo my urging to Wes that he promote that - you see the obvious irony as inflammatory. I don’t, I see big labor as being incapable of it and doomed, its time passed. Unions never argued for full employment, just more for their own members. They could care less about those on the outside.
If you can’t see how serious this is yet, I recommend the message of Yu Dan to you, and a large part of the American public, as a primer. Because the jobs are not coming back until somebody like Obama wakes up on your behalf.