You can't fire me, I quit

Big Labor realizing it is fighting a losing battle gives up before getting their butts handed to them again http://www.freep.com/article/20140421/BUSINESS0104/304210054/UAW-Volkwwagen
I wonder how the dangerously obese Ed Schultz will spin this one.

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Do you think that the UAW president would describe the Jeep plant in Toledo as a "foreign-transplant auto plant"? To be consistent--he should. After all, it is owned by an Italian automaker.

"UAW President Bob King has said that organizing at least some of the foreign-transplant auto plants in the South is vital to the survival of the union, and Volkswagen had appeared to be the easiest target because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen’s German management."

I've got news for Bob King and the rest of the parasites: The unions shouldn't survive. They are economically irrelevant now. Unionization just drives up costs, and that's not what the buyers are signalling to the market through their purchasing. Buyers are overwhelmingly saying they want cheap products and services. That means cheap labor. Cheap labor is non-unionized by definition. There is no other option.

I always chuckle when people refer to non-union labor as "cheap." In fact, UAW members are overpaid for the mindless jobs they do. These overpaid workers make union infiltrated cities like Toledo pariahs for new businesses.

While even states like Michigan are seeing the light and becoming right-to-work, Ohio is still living in the obsolete pro-union era.

No the foolish will find excuses for their lot in life. Blame the unions when our own house is in disarray. Blame the unions when the owners of this country pay your wage. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/tea-party-radio-network-105774.htm...

Auto Parts Workers Strike for Recognition, Strategy Is to Shut Down Assembly Plant - See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2014/04/auto-parts-workers-strike-recognition-...

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Although I can understand why someone working in a factory with less-than-stellar "colleagues" and doing repetitive tasks would not be able to understand this, but there are people who have jobs they enjoy and find rewarding and are not counting down the days until they can retire.

Yes I find my union retirement is most rewarding. I fully enjoy not having to get up at 4 AM anymore. The dangerously obese WSPD host will tell you he has no idea about financial planning. So he continues to slander those of us who worked hard and now enjoy the fruits of our labor. Jealousy is not a virtue but a bitter self absorbing illness that is all consuming. My former "colleagues" are now doing their own things and the smart ones can't be bothered by the 9 to 5.

Tax Rally Day
April 19th at Hood Park, Perrysburg
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People are trying to work longer and longer in their lives not because they're "underpaid". They're actually heavily in debt. And whose fault is that? Answer: Them.

I agree that too many people confuse their "needs" with their "wants." They often "want" a larger, more expensive home, which they don't really "need." They often "want" an automotive product which is quite expensive, and rationalize it as a "need." They often "want" new furniture and/or appliances long before they "need" to replace the old ones. All of these faux-need purchases create more debt than many can afford. Having built up such a debt is truly the fault of "them." On this issue, we agree, GZ aka Mr. Empty Glass.
But, that is a far different argument than just salaries for the working poor compared to the unbelievably high salaries and bonuses for dozens or hundreds of executives in some of these same giant corporations.
Let's take WalMart and Sam's Club as examples vs.COSTCO. The Walton siblings make billions EVERY YEAR. They pay their workers little more than minimum wage. A huge number of WalMart workers have healthcare coverage via Medicaid. The COSTCO CEO is paid less than $1,000,000 per year. The BEGINNING worker at COSTCO earns about the same per hour as the AVERAGE worker at WalMart or Sam's Club. And yet, unlike what the WalMart PR people would lead all of us to believe, COSTCO is not going out of business because of high payroll costs. The leadership of COSTCO has a different business model. It is important to COSTCO that their employees like to work for COSTCO. This translates into a lower turnover rate of employees, and lower personnel costs for training new employees. The COSTCO leadership does get stock options, The COSTCO executives figure that if the company does well, they will be justifiably rewarded by the higher value of their shares of stock.
I'll make it simple for you, GZ aka Mr. Empty Glass. Giant corporations CAN afford to pay common workers a living wage and still make money. You have fallen for the propaganda generated by the very expensive corporate PR machines which fallaciously claim otherwise. If WalMart is right and I am wrong, how is COSTCO doing so well?

BTW -- If you're really looking for a "Golden Class" look no further than the Walton siblings. They inherited a going business and a large fortune, and have greatly expanded that business and their fortunes at the expense of their employees and the American taxpayer. They're each worth billions. Mr. I. looks quite comfortable after working and saving most of his adult life. My guess is that his net worth is considerably less than 0.01% that of ANY of the Walton siblings. That does not make him part of anything close to a "Golden Class." Don't you see how bitter you appear when you use that term to describe someone who worked hard most of his adult life and did NOT spend outrageously so that he could enjoy his senior years without having to eat dog food for dinner?

"[T]hat is a far different argument than just salaries for the working poor compared to the unbelievably high salaries and bonuses for dozens or hundreds of executives in some of these same giant corporations."

That's not for you to say. Corporations are autocratic. You either buy enough stock on one to determine how it acts, or you shut the hell up and take your stupid placards and ridiculous demonstrations and go home. Corporations and businesses are an expression of private property. What they do within their purview, just isn't your concern.

"Giant corporations CAN afford to pay common workers a living wage and still make money."

Then stop sending these giant corporations the "YOU'RE OK" signal by buying their products and services. You have no power over them otherwise, since that crosses the line of private property and ownership, which you also benefit from.

"If you're really looking for a "Golden Class" look no further than the Walton siblings."

No, they're the True Wealthy. I have little problem with the True Wealthy. I have a problem with the Golden Class, which are just working class people who steal our tax money by their double dealing and corruption. The Golden Class is living off of unearned salaries, benefits and pensions. All that needs to be downsized or destroyed. We're all Taxed Enough Already to run this horrible civilization. It's time to do less... with less.

No credentials, no statistics, no evidence of any kind, just vacuous opinion!

Come to think of it, is your glass empty? Time to go to the carryout, and pick up a bottle(or two)of "Rose" to remedy that.

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