In the past, Mr. Mulally or Mr, Ford have been keeping the stock holders informed. I believe union negotiations are going on right now and to release any kind of good or bad news would be detrimental to their cause. Sit tight , don't panic, good quarteerly is around the corner.
No problem filling them, keep them is the issue.
When Henry Ford doubled the wage in about 1917 it was to keep workers who were trained and experienced. The mind numbing work of an assembly line, along with the detrimental effect on the body, requires a certain amount of pay to keep workers there. Same at GM.
I have spoke with 2 long time GM workers at 2 different plants and they say they have a revolving door for the second tier workers. Very few, if any, stay at $14/$15 per hour. The pay is not worth what happens to you on the line.
I am waiting to see when Honda and Toyota have thousands and thousands of retired workers in the US to be factored into THEIR labor cost....unless they just shut down plants and lay off the workers so that they can't retire....
As a retired die hard union man I can now tell you what unions offer the community. Since 1946 nothing. We achieved our goals by then of a fair wage and safe working conditions.
Since 1946 we offer the community: a higher cost of living; higher taxes; reduced employment and more poor people.
If I made this statement today in some union strong holds I would be shot, my Dad would disown me.
You think companys are not capable of going down the same path of paying poverty wages to 90% of the American population. Read the history of the American work force in the 1890s and tell me you want to go back to that.
The UAW negotiations are not going to be a problem. King knows and has said that if the UAW can't organize the foriegn transplants they have no way to pressure the 3 US companies into higher wages and benefits. And doesn't appear they are making much headway with the transplants.
johngmara, You are right, They will not be able to organize the transplants. That is why the foriegn companys built their plants there in the first place. I am afraid people are going to have to learn the hard way, what it will mean for the working class to lose our unions.
can't you people get it through your head the union is no longer important to anyone but the ones recieving the larger paychecks the people buying ford cars will have to pay a higher price for a car,
Dummy, get it through your head that without unions, you and most of America would see your wages decrease, benefits go away and millions of more jobs go overseas. I think the Corporate CEO's would love that, and they would be thanking idiots like you.
The cost in total Labor for Ford to build a car is within $4 of Toyota, and closing, so your thinking is outdated.
As for the $14/hr workers, ask GM how that is working out for them. How long have they been able to keep those employees? They had to install a revolving door.
If UAW gets an increase in benefits, guess what? The cost of living and taxes goes up.
This really hurts fixed income and low wage people big time.
As always the poor people take the biggest hit.
There are less than 150,000 UAW members at the Big3, and you are saying what happens with those people's income, out of 350 million people, is what sets the cost of living and tax structure in this country?
LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow, are you an idiot.
1st, The UAW wont be getting a increase in benefits in this contract. 2nd, The fact that you try to blame high taxes and cost of living on UAW wages and benefits prove you are nothing more than a anti-union fool who will lie, and twist facts in any way you can to cater to your own greed at the cost of the average working US citizen. Most people in this country see you and the republicans for what you really are. Unions will make a strong comeback when people start realizing they have been manipulated by the greedy rich in this country.