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Ford joins Chrysler in saying GM-CAW deal too weak


I find it hard to believe that there are people out there that think a CAW autoworker actually makes the reported $70/hr. Come on people think about it.(ROGER) The Conservative(CAN)/Republican rags would have you think that we just sit around all day while these cars build themselves, while we rape these poor companies for $180K a year. Tell that to a guy/gal who's been on the line 25yrs and can no longer close his/her hand fully because of the tendonitus, or the guy that has had his elbow pumped full of cortazone(steroids)so he can lift his kids up. Would the big three like to abuse the workers without reprecussions, or fair compensation, just like in South Korea, China Alabama, or Alliston ON. I don't know but it sounds like it. 7% is a small cost of a vehicle. CAW and UAW workers do work hard, and taking care of your labour force makes good business sense. Using, abusing and dumping them before there are any long term costs in order "to compete" is just not ethical or good business. It's not good for North America's standard of living. Where does it end? A Disposable employee? Is this globalization? Do we really want to lower our N/A standard of living to match that of South Korea's and the Chinese. Auto workers make a decent wage, but the benefits are not what they used to be. We pay alot more now, than ever. Many drugs and procedures are no longer included. With the proposed co-pay and reduction in eligible benefits, I think a UAW employee with an insurance payment of 100 a month (correct if I'm wrong) has better coverage than a CAW member who will now have to pay some $600 a year. Remember we pay much higher taxes in order to achieve free health care. Thats if we don't die waiting for some services. This financial crisis is a perfect storm for the big three. The unions are willing to open their contracts and be a part of the sol'n. but LaSorda is trying to take more than is reasonable. By doing so he will set morale back too far. He should focus on trying to get the favourable tax ruling from the CAN gov. and not putting his workers in a situation where they feel they have lost 15yrs of hard earned gains. Kevin, practice your short game.



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