Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Reality Check for UAW Leaders

Ron Gettelfinger, UAW President. In a fire and brimstone speech that would have been appropriate 20 years ago, but is woefully out of touch with today's realities, Ronnie G. told 1,500 UAW representatives who were gathered in Detroit that "Our union does not want to strike, but when employers act as if collective bargaining is a one-way street, not a two-way street, then we will do what we have to do."

Strike? Ahem, Ron, we hate to break it to you, but your side of the "two-way street" has been blown-up for good. You can do the rabble rouser routine for the short-term gratification it brings from your back-slapping membership, but it's all just sound and fury signifying absolutely nothing.

The question before you and your membership, despite your out-of-touch posturing and grandstanding is this: Would you rather have jobs with reduced wages and benefits - or no jobs at all? It's a clear-cut decision that seems to be totally lost on you, Ron, but you and your membership better get religion real soon, or it's going to get much worse - with no "better" any where to be seen.

As a recent GM retiree I could not agree more with the "Autoextremist"

I hope that Mr. Gettlefinger is only making noise for the benefit of the Union kool aid drinkers or all of us GM employees and retirees are in big trouble!

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