June 27, 2007

UAW tries (and fails) to shit on the environment

As it turns out, the Big Three US automakers (soon to be known as the Three Little Pigs) teamed up with the UAW to kill tougher fuel efficiency standards in the Senate. This is being spun as helping Nissan, but in reality it helps every automaker who produces high efficiency vehicles.

Unfortunately, that group doesn't include any of the Big Three.

The UAW tried spinning this as harming as many as 17,000 US jobs. What this bill does is put American automakers on notice that they better rethink their business plans and get on hybrids ASAP since that's the only way they'll meet the new standards. That means the automakers and their suppliers are going to have to invest a lot of money. Which means jobs and future prosperity. I guess no one filled in the UAW's leaders about that.

Which is why they are running a union into the ground.

Alan Reuther, the UAW's legislative director, wrote that the proposal "would pose a serious threat to American automotive jobs and to efforts to promote the use of alternative fuels."

Stevens, the ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, strongly rejected the UAW's arguments.

"There isn't anybody that's harmed in the long run. They all benefit by what we've done," Stevens said.

I find myself agreeing with Ted Stevens of 'The Pipes' fame. For this, I shall always hate you, UAW.

American autoworkers have been too long ill-served by terrible management at the automakers and even more horrendous management at their union. The time for change has come from the Local level on up. If you need any help, just let The Mayor and I know. He's not so much for unions in foreign countries (i.e., The Third World), but he loves them here.

Posted by mcblogger at June 27, 2007 10:58 AM

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