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UAW welches on auto bailout deal
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Other than the pure absurdity of the federal government providing bailouts to failing private companies, the other aspect of the Bush auto bailout that I was sure would raise its ugly head is the union's intransigence once the deal was struck.

Let's be honest - the only reason the UAW wanted this deal was under bankruptcy, its contract would have been voided. With loans, and an incoming union-friendly administration, it can now have its way at the taxpayer's expense. And it is making it known that's precisely it's plan.
The nation's automakers are preparing to ask for wage and benefits concessions from their workers in early January to meet the conditions of a $17.4 billion federal aid package, but labor officials say they will seek to renegotiate the terms of the bailout rather than make those sacrifices.
Got that? Make all the right noises when talking to those who are going to bail you out, and then back out of your promises once the loan is secured and those who've made the loan are less than a month from handing over power to the next administration.

You see, sacrifices are for chumps - or taxpayers. And the UAW aren't going to play chump in this deal because they know how beholden to unions the incoming administration is.
But Ron Gettelfinger, president of the United Auto Workers, said earlier this week that he would seek to remove the wage-reduction provision of the loan, calling it "an undue tax on the workers" who have already made "major" sacrifices for the benefit of the auto industry.

Gettelfinger said that what is being asked of the autoworkers — who agreed to concessions in 2003, 2005 and 2007 — is "unrealistic." He has said he wants to work with President-elect Barack Obama to remove the wage provision.
No nuance there - in your face refusal to abide by the previous agreement. Imagine the result should management try that on the union.

So here's President-elect Obama's first domestic issue. Does he stand by the agreement made and face down the UAW claiming that a deal is a deal? Or does he cave and make the concessions to the union while still requiring the car companies to be viable (which would require, in part, union wage concessions) by March 31 or the loans are pulled?

 
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everyday is festivus at qando.net. but you know there’s more to the celebration than just the airing of the grievances. i’d like to see something positive, that would be a festivus miracle!
 
Written By: pedro the illegal alien
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What’s the downside again to the big three failing?

From where I sit, they now deserve to be jobless.
 
Written By: shark
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We don’t "do" festivus, pedro.
 
Written By: McQ
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Quelle surprise.

"From where I sit, they now deserve to be jobless."

But isn’t it much more than just the greedy union members being jobless? Kind of OT, but what would happen to the promised pensions of auto workers should GM go bankrupt? My FIL is all for the bailout (loan) because he says that if GM fails, in the long run the American tax payer will pay FAR more in taxes to guarantee (Government) those pensions. First, is this true? And second how will (does) a loan guarantee GM’s health/prosperity? I’m mostly interested to answers to the first question of the veracity of my FIL’s claim. I’m admittedly ignorant on all of this, so I was hoping for a little clarity from you all. Thanks in advance.
 
Written By: RFN
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I’m looking at the cartoon at the end of this piece and I’m thinking; why isn’t the fireman aiming a water cannon?
 
Written By: Brown
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The Pension Guarantee Board is funded by a tax on pensions. That does not mean the tax will meet the obligations, so that will be more taken from the US Treasury. The pension guarantee is usually less than the original pension and does excludes medical benefits. It is hard to see that the cost of guaranteeing the the pensions will come to more than we will end up pouring into the Auto companies and still see them go bankrupt.

Rick
 
Written By: Rick Caird
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In my view, it would be best if the big three survived and the UAW went down.
 
Written By: Bithead
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GM should issue a 90-day plant closure notice for all of it’s plants

.. state that the measure is .. tentative.
 
Written By: Neo
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Question: did UAW ever actually agree to the wage concessions in the first place? My impression from the reports I read is that they weren’t even asked to agree when the White House issued the bailout money—the auto companies were simply issued a set of conditions.
 
Written By: kishnevi
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So here’s President-elect Obama’s first domestic issue. Does he stand by the agreement made and face down the UAW claiming that a deal is a deal? Or does he cave and make the concessions to the union while still requiring the car companies to be viable (which would require, in part, union wage concessions) by March 31 or the loans are pulled?
To even ask that question is crazy. What do you think The Clown™ will do? Turn against the unions who slobbered tens of millions of dollars on his campaign, taken from the pockets by force from hard working Americans? Do something to show he is not a hostage to the union bosses? After all, he named far-left union lover Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor. Will she back employers or the bloodsucking union bosses?

I would love to take bets on this one. We can hear The Clown’s™ speech now: "I realize that a deal was made between the Bush administration and the auto companies that included wage concessions from the union workers. But in this time of an economic downturn, I have to agree with the hard-working middle class workers that they cannot afford this, and, thus, I am excising that portion of the deal. We will continue to work with the unions to get a better deal for them."

In other words: unions, come suck on the new teat in charge.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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i’d like to see something positive, that would be a festivus miracle!
Here’s something positive:

November 2012: Barack Obama tonight conceded the presidential election after just one term in the White House, after he presided over a huge drop in the US economy as well as a massive spending spree that has sunk the United States into record amounts of debt, with nothing to show for it.

Now if that means that Chrissy Matthews starts to cry on tv, and Rachel Maddog and Keith Dimbulbermann and Jack Cafferty all line up and take their own lives in protest of The Clown™ losing, then that would definitely be a positive move. For America. For the human race.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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a huge drop in the US economy as well as a massive spending spree that has sunk the United States into record amounts of debt, with nothing to show for it.
Only someone with a large investment in the Republican brand could find this to be positive.

America loses so Republicans can win.... nice positive.
 
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