<<<<<But some automakers matter more than others. Even with recent layoffs and plant closings, Ford, GM and Chrysler contribute far more to our economy than foreign automakers do. More of the cars they sell here are made here. Three times as many of their workers are based here. And their vehicles contain twice as much U.S. parts. On a jobs per car basis, buying a Ford, GM or Chrysler supports twice as many jobs as buying a foreign automakers’ vehicle.>>>>
So here they claim, right on their main web page, that Ford, GM and Chrysler vehicles contain "twice as much US parts."
This was probably true at one time, but I do not think there is any current data that would support this claim today. The domestics are going more global, while the transplants are finding more local sources for their parts.
<< The domestics are going more global, while the transplants are finding more local sources for their parts>> The above is a very accurate statement. Mexico is huge for component supply for the D3 and more and more work goes there. Delphi once had thousands of UAW employees in the US, I am told that today they have zero. As far as the new domestics, I find them much more interested in localized sourcing. They want good suppliers within 150 miles of their assembly plants and they are much more involved with supplier development.
<<Delphi once had thousands of UAW employees in the US, I am told that today they have zero.>>
That is true, they have some IUE represented employees in Warren, Ohio and Vienna, Ohio, but the IUE is a much better and realistic union than the UAW. Visteon is also very close to eliminating a represented US workforce as well.
Tier II companies cannot compete with UAW wages (the past few years have shown that neither can the OEM's). The number of auto suppliers in the US will be inversely proportional to the number of UAW members.