A year ago I posted the following.....and it's starting to come true.....
RE: IT’S TIME TO DE-CERTIFY THE UAW, INDUSTRY WIDE
by webuchadnezzar_reva . Oct 13, 2011 6:06
If you guys did all these things:
1. De-certified the UAW
2. Made Michigan an Open Shop state (Right to Work state)
3. Defeated card check
I believe GM management couldn't move production lines back to Michigan fast enough. There would be so many jobs created in Michigan you guys wouldn't know what to do with them.
14 MONTHS LATER, MICHIGAN GOES OPEN SHOP
December 11, 2012
(Reuters) - Michigan enacted a ban on mandatory union membership on Tuesday, dealing a stunning blow to organized labor in the state that is home to U.S. automakers and the symbol of industrial labor in the United States.
TWO WEEKS LATER, THE JOBS ARE ALREADY COMING BACK
December 19, 2012
General Motors Company (GM) announced that it will be shifting the production facility of Chevrolet Camaro sports car to the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, Michigan from the original plant in Oshawa, Ontario in Canada.
December 27, 2012
Ford will create 2,350 hourly jobs and invest $773 million in six southeast Michigan plants during the next two years, fueled by Americans' decisions to replace aging cars and trucks.
So you see, Michigan auto workers do NOT need the UAW.
It is time for Michigan auto workers to de-certify the UAW.
I believe if auto workers voted these UAW pukes out (and I mean really threw them out on their #$%$, hard) there would be so much work coming back to Michigan they wouldn't believe it.
But first you have to shake that reputation as a union stronghold. Get rid of these pimps and stand on your own two feet. You will see unprecedented prosperity. I believe once the current UAW contract runs out, even I would reconsider owning a GM car again. But as long as the UAW has GM in a hostage stranglehold, GM will never see a dime from me if I can help it.
I don't think the RTW change had anything to do with these recent events. Capacity planning has a much longer horizon than a few months.
I think the move from Canada to the US for the Camaro has more to do with the fact that Canada has replaced the US as the most expensive place to do business, partly because of the CAW's refusal to go to a 2 tier wage system and partly due to currency moves. I'm a bit surprised they wouldn't take the opportunity to move it to some place other than the US though.
Regarding the Ford moves, a lot of the investment that Ford has recently announced is in their transmission facilities in Livonia and Sterling Heights, MI. They have needed this investment in these facilities for years. Besides, these investments were part of the commitments that Ford mad in the last contract that pre-dated the RTW legislation.
Don't get me wrong, the RTW laws certainly won't hurt, but I don't think it was part of these decisions.
Agree that these transitions take time; and so will these. No argument there, wngr. But I believe the announcements were VERY CLOSELY RELATED to the RTW decision, and designed to shore up the political position Snyder took.
It was a gamble, but these moves are already making him look good. These moves take ammunition AWAY from the UAW.
PS: I still want GM HQ to move out of Michigan if the UAW does not get de-certified soon.
But Gold is $1650 not $2200. Jobs are leaving Canada because of currency.
Toyota wants 2000 Americans to take a buy out now that Japan is back to manipulating the YEN again Currency. Really web, admit it your a Jerk
The recent moves by Ford and GM have nothing to do with RTW.
GM is moving Camaro production to Michigan because the next generation will be based on the Cadillac ATS platform and it makes production sense to have RWD platforms built in the same facility. Plus the Canadian dollar is at par with the US dollar.
RTW is not going to get rid of the union. If it did, would the Webbageezer care to explain why the Daimler Freightliner plant in North Carolina is UAW, or the dockworkers at the Charleston port are in the longshoreman union in South Carolina? Both of these states are RTW states and yet they have union members.