Be An American… Buy Non-Union!

Yup. I said it.

Are we a free-market economy, or are we not?

I know I’ve talked about this before, but apparently it’s still an issue, so I’ll take it on again. Just look at Delphi and GM.

The cost PER HOUR of a UAW employee at GM is roughly $65.00. Can we agree that paying someone $132,400 per year to do manual labor is a bit ridiculous? Yes, I know it’s not all in PAY. Most of it’s in benefits and pension. Still, the reality is, in terms of cost to the company, these employees are costing them 132k per year.

I realize it’s a skilled trade. I really do. So is drywall. So is carpentry. So is bricklaying. I’ve done drywall. It’s hard. It’s not exactly a brain-buster, but it definitely takes some skill, assuming you don’t want lumpy walls. But would I pay someone 65$ an hour to do it? Nope. I might pay someone $6.50 an hour…

So, back to GM, and back to the simple economics involved.

It’s ignorant to run your company under the following assumption… “We’re the biggest auto manufacturer, therefore we’ll always be around.” The reason I bring it up, is that no one could have a stupid, silly pension plan that was such a tremendous balloon going towards the future that it would crush the company. Only the Federal Government can get away with creating massive, bottom-heavy, underfunded retirement plans.

NOW… let’s get to the REAL meat of the issue. The UAW. A more bone-headed outfit would be hard to find, unless of course you look at the airline pilot’s unions.

“Buy American” isn’t about supporting your country. It’s about lining the pockets of greedy union workers. Seriously. The reason they even have to SAY “Buy American” is that other countries are producing cheaper, better vehicles than we are. Guess why. Hmmm…. could it be that they have lower costs in producing their vehicles? That would certainly help them sell more.

By strictly “Buying American,” you are undermining the very economic system that you depend on. You’re saying that economic freedom is great, just so long as no one else gets to share in it. There are plenty of people that would work at GM for much more modest money. MUCH MUCH MUCH more modest. So is that American? Keeping people from working because they won’t go union?

Companies can’t wait to unload their unions. It’s just plain good business to eliminate them. It’s not legal to do it directly, so instead companies have to resort to things like closing U.S. plants and moving them out of the country. If they didn’t have to pay 65 fricking dollars per hour in the U.S., they could keep the stupid jobs in the U.S.

So my perspective, it’s not the company’s fault when they move a plant out of the country… it’s the union’s fault. They are the ones trying to circumvent the free market this country was founded on.


  15 comments for “Be An American… Buy Non-Union!

  1. Rik
    October 31, 2005 at 6:13 pm

    You don’t know how right you are. I work for a non-American car company, and we just built a new plant down in the South. You know why we picked the South? That’s right. No unions.

  2. October 31, 2005 at 6:35 pm

    That wouldn’t happen to be in Montgomery, AL? I just spent some time down there and saw the plant… Yeeehaa, that thing is huge.

  3. October 31, 2005 at 6:46 pm

    UNIONS BLOW!!Thank you for getting on board. When you work in an industry that does a lot of trade shows you get real familer with the the $450/hour fork lift driver, with a 2 hour minimum. Or the $75/hour electrician that you have to pay a full hour for to come by and plug in an extension cord.

    There was a time for unions that time has passed and I hpe they all die off soon.

  4. Rik
    October 31, 2005 at 7:23 pm

    That’s the one. HMMA.

  5. October 31, 2005 at 8:58 pm

    HE HE. The time was about 70 years ago, and the time passed about 65 years ago. I’m glad I’m not the only person that’s noticed.

    A couple years ago, there was a new building going up near the Business school at UMKC. In fact, it was smack between the parking garage and the business building. The union workers went on strike, and then got to experience the joy that is trying to get passers by to side with them.

    The business students were not impressed. Many of the stopped to explain the economics of free market economies and the evils of unions. After about 2 weeks, the strikers started picketing on the other side of the building to avoid the business students.

  6. October 31, 2005 at 10:19 pm

    Dear god I agree with you 100%. I was in a union the first year I was a textile worker. My shop steward did nothing but sit on her morbidly obese ass and complain about how bad her job was running. Well if she’d get up off her ass and RUN her job it would run! I quit the union my second (and last) year after than. No thanks.

  7. Wen
    November 1, 2005 at 12:43 am

    Hmmmm. You realize this means no more Vin Diesle movies for you, right?

  8. November 1, 2005 at 9:10 am

    $65 per hour average? What’s your source on that? is that wage paid to the worker, or cost of employee (benifits, wage, overhead)?

    The data I’ve seen for skilled workers is more like $30 for skilled labor.

    Anyhow, unions suck. you rock.

  9. November 1, 2005 at 9:50 am

    Unions do suck.

    The scarier part of this all is that when all the Baby Boomers get really old and sick, those big companies are going to become nothing more than pension and benefit administrators. Think of what a car will cost then; they have to pay the people who actually work and the people who no longer work. If you’re in the Bennie’s industry (like me), it’s a good thing. If you are AND want to be able to buy anything, it’s not so good.

  10. November 1, 2005 at 12:33 pm

    Andy, my source was, however I can’t find the article, because I’m lazy. However, the 65$ per hour figure includes wage, benefit, and pension. However, you are correct that the wage portion is roughly 30$ per hour.

  11. November 1, 2005 at 12:44 pm

    It is still too fucking much! no owonder we can’t build a fucking car like the japanese! we are trying too hard to make the union auto workers fucking rich.

    GRRRR I’m a giant vessel filled with hate! Or as Chekov would say “I am a giawnt wessal filled with hate”

  12. November 1, 2005 at 12:45 pm


    I always figured you as more of a Sulu, than CheKov.

  13. November 1, 2005 at 12:51 pm

    He strikes me more as a Worf type of character….

  14. November 1, 2005 at 12:59 pm

    Worfs gay?!?!?

  15. November 1, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    Make it so. ENGAGE!

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