I agree completely. Management has made countless mistakes. But that would include union management as well. The union is a money machine, plain and simple. Their execs are very well paid. They make far more than those they claim to represent. And it would be difficult at best for those union execs to maintain the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to with their membership drying up.
To remedy that they spent huge amounts of money (from dues), to aid in the effort of having a sympathetic socialist placed in the white house. I guess from their perspective it could be said that this was successful. Unfortunately, that is where their success will likely end. Of course, I’m open to hearing about cases where government intervention in private business was successful.
Another question to ponder is: How will those same “labor leaders” react now that they have a stake in the company and have to participate in decisions that could very well be against labor? Example: Installing more automation to streamline production, reduce costs, improve worker health and safety and increase productivity. I know where the union will fall on that one. For a business to be successful there has to be a balance. If that balance does not exist, regardless of reason the company will ultimately fail.
As for public perception, or our inability to “think for ourselves” All of the publicity showing the unions not wavering on what they want, still making demands even after the taxpayer has anted up billions does nothing for their image. Cars and other goods are manufactured every day without union labor, even beige Camry’s. They sell and function very well.
Big management and Big Union better take a Big Look while there is still something to see. If they don’t, the only thing they will see is an empty factory and dealers selling products made elsewhere. The clock is ticking gentleman. Is it still not in your job descriptions?