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  • webuchadnezzar webuchadnezzar Oct 6, 2010 9:53 AM Flag

    wngr, what plant was that?

     

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    I looked up UAW and Virginia and noticed how the Dublin plant had a strike in 2008.
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    <<2,600 strike Volvo Trucks in Dublin, Virginia
    02/04/08
    The UAW says despite the union’s willingness to work with Volvo on issues, the company is continuing to make unreasonable demands that would erode the wages and benefits that workers have fought for years to achieve and protect. And the UAW says health hand safety protections in the current contract are under attack. Workers say the strike is about basic health and safety protections – an unfair labor practice strike.>>

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    Fast forward a year. Here's how THAT idea worked out for them:
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    <<650 lose jobs at Volvo truck plant in Dublin
    January 27, 2009

    Volvo Trucks North America announced today that it is laying off 650 hourly employees from its plant in Dublin in Western Virginia because of declining demand.

    The 650 workers' last days on the job will be in March and April, said company spokesman Jim McNamara. Currently about 1,600 workers build Volvo trucks at the plant.

    The 1.6 million-square-foot Dublin plant is the largest Volvo manufacturing plant in the world, but it has experienced steady decline in employment in the past several years. In 2006, nearly 3,200 people worked at the plant.

    Today's announced layoffs come five months after the company announced it was moving production of Mack Trucks from the Dublin plant to a plant in Macungie, Pa.>>

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    The UAW simply snookers its members by promising them rewards beyond their market value. It riles them up, persuades them they're worth more than they are, tells them stuff they like to hear. It then proceeds to price them out of a job, taking their cut the entire time.

    It's the same pattern everywhere the UAW goes.

    Doesn't THAT sound like an unfair business practice?

    -web

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    • <<<"It riles them up, persuades them they're worth more than they are, tells them stuff they like to hear. It then proceeds to price them out of a job, taking their cut the entire time.">>>

      In the real world I think that generally the
      members are more militant than the leadership and it is the leadership that tries to tone down rank and file demands.