Bad idea, bad time


It is understandable that UAW Local 12 in Toledo, Ohio, would like to recoup some of the 800 jobs that were eliminated when DaimlerChrysler replaced the Jeep Cherokee with the Jeep Liberty. That’s why the union local wants to strike to force the company to add a third shift at the Toledo North factory that builds the Liberty rather than scheduling so much overtime.

But adding a third shift now would be financial tomfoolery. The spike in Liberty sales could vanish if the economy doesn’t improve soon, which would mean eliminating the shift. That would be expensive financially and in human terms.

It is heartening that the union’s leadership at Solidarity House has not yet sanctioned a strike. Cooler, more logical heads must prevail.

Tags: Strike UAW

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