"Typical, Ford is late to the dance.........."
GM will be going to an aluminum full-size truck in 2018 or 2019. Ford's trucks will be aluminum long before then. Was Ford late to that dance?
Ford had the first domestic full hybrid vehicle, the Escape hybrid, on the market. Was Ford late to that dance?
Ford was the first to market with a compact commercial van (2010 Transit Connect, 2009). GM's competitor, Chevy City Express, came out four years later (and was a rebadged Nissan, to boot). Ram's Promaster City for 2015 - five years after Ford, and it was a rebadged FIAT.
Care to try again, or do you enjoy saying stupid things?
Ford is actually opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal because it does nothing to stop Japanese currency manipulation and very little to open Japanese auto markets.
- Solid Japanese laborers and high quality American employees who have profit sharing motivation and no contractually obligated written cigarette breaks. -
Wow, where to start with this ...
You clearly didn't pay any attention to the contract. Profit-sharing motivation IS included in it. Did you know that Ford hourly workers got an average of nearly $7000 in profit sharing for 2014? And over $8000 for 2013? Sounds like a lot of motivation to me ...
As for the "contracturally-obligated cigarette breaks," I can only laugh at that ... you clearly have an issue with people taking periodic breaks as mandated by labor laws ... never mind that as Q said, there are no such breaks in the contract.
Workers banding together to negotiate wages and benefits with a company is socialism only as much as a company negotiating with a supplier for components, janitorial services, cafeteria services, etc. is socialism - in other words, it is NOT socialism.
Grow up already.
- On top of that, aren't there laws PROTECTING that right.......he asked knowingly? -
Indeed there are! And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Q, might as well just put him on ignore, his rants have become so utterly incohesive that that nobody can make sense of him ...
Workers going on strike is "rigging" the law? Really?
Are you familiar with NLRB v. Mackay Radio, a 1938 Supreme Court decision which gives employers the right to hire permanent replacements? Yes, companies do have the right to replace striking workers.
I suppose you'd be happier if the workers were reduced to indentured servants?
- instead of wanting better for themselves they want less for those who are getting a better shake from their employer -
Jealousy, pure and simple. More and more people do not want to work to get ahead, yet they envy those who do work to get ahead and believe that those who get ahead must have taken it from someone else (the nonsensical zero-sum game).
History has taught us that it is much easier to tear others down than it is to build oneself up. The events in 1930s Germany leading to the Holocaust shows that to be true.
There was a time when a person who was successful in life was a person to be held up as a role model, someone whose example should be studied, someone to be emulated. Success was celebrated and failure was looked down upon, even ridiculed. Those ideas have been turned on their head and today, failure is held up as virtue, celebrated, even considered a badge of honor while success is considered to be evil. We as a country will start to move ahead again only when we rid ourselves of this notion that laziness is to be celebrated and hard work is to be criticized.
- The fair market /free market determines the worth of what someone should be paid. -
Again, a negotiated agreement is the free market at work - a private economic agreement between two parties.
You seem to think that the free market is what an employer says an employee is worth.
No, that is not socialism. It's a negotiated agreement between two parties - which is exactly what free-market economics is.
How is the UAW killing the company when the company has made nearly $5 billion in profits through the first nine months of the year?
- This actually makes sense because the amount of capital it would take for a meaningful buyback is not healthy. -
And this is why I've been saying for months that there will not be a buyback; for example, reducing the float by 25% would cost nearly $15 billion.
Oh no, they certainly are not getting screwed. They got bonuses of 5% of their pay (a five-figure sum of money for each person) and annual salary increases averaging 1.7%. They are doing quite well, and yet they say they have to keep a lid on costs ... give me a break already.
This whole thing has got me thinking ... the days of the annual cost-of-living increase may, like so many other things in the workworld, be evolving into something else.
I can understand the pay raise issue. I was forced into a lower-paying job after the 2008 recession hit, taking a nearly 25% pay cut. Then I went for several years without a cost-of-living increase as those were eliminated. Only in the last two years did I get a cost-of-living increase, and those increases were a meager 1% (which was more than eaten up by health insurance premium increases).
I have received one promotion during that time, but it in no way made up for what I lost.
greatday, you've made a fantastic point about the CTS becoming lost in the picture. If and unless Caddy clarifies the water, I can see a situation similar to several years ago with the Seville/STS got lost in the lineup and was ultimately killed off.
I think Cadillac missed a golden opportunity with the CT6. They should have put the Elmiraj concept as-is into production as the top-of-the-line model - and used the Elmiraj name with it. Distinguish it from the rest of the Cadillac pack, and THAT would have gotten people's attention. The CT6 is a handsome car and does use some of the Elmiraj's design elements, but the CT6 almost seems to blend in with the rest.
I'm a believe that "top of the line" or "halo" cars needs to stand out from the rest of the lineup, especially in today's crowded auto market.
The car has been in production since August. Have you asked a dealer to find you one? I can find them on Autotrader.
I have to admit that I liked the eagle-wing design, if only because it was different.
I was looking at some photos of the new MKZ, and I have to say that I like it. A little more conservative than the eagle-wing thing, but it has a look that will stand the test of time.