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How it got this way is _highly_ interesting, if one studies the case of Caterpillar.
In the '80s Caterpillar's union was looking for the same sort of baksheesh the automakers' unions got, and went on strike. Cat stared them down and said "NO". The strike was long and difficult, but Cat won.
Today, Caterpillar is the antithesis of the automakers, competing very handily against foreign competitors, even at home.
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Back then, the union thought the only competition was with Int. Harvester in the US. They did not want to know that Kubota, Mitsubishi, and a bunch of others were kicking their ass all over the world.
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wrote:

In whose dreams? Koobies and Mitsies are trash. Post-strike Cats aren't much better. The way they compete against jap trash is to engineer every nickel out of everything they make. Look at a D-series big bore versis the cheesy 3500 and 3600s made today. No comparison; the later engines were designed to eliminate ANY assembly operations they could and still throw the piece of shit together. The old D-series engines were labor intensive, but much better engines (and long lived) overall. To compensate, Cat just threw a ton of turbo boost on the new ones. They're crap.
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DeserTBoB wrote:

Such crap that Caterpillar has been doing great and has rosey forecast in its future. Contrast to the UAW shops.
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So what if they were crap, they were selling. Many of the sales were to foreign governments that put a bid out and the low price got the sale.
My point is that we are competing on a global scale. While the company and union was arguing about wages here, the government of Burma or Sudan or wherever bought the backhoe from Kubota.
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Not true: http://www.uaw.org/contracts/03/dch/dch02.cfm

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