You are right. They get paid 80k because the unions have
such a heavy hand in things.
Their argument is that upper management makes huge salaries,
but the difference is those people are in demand and command
big money. Guys twisting wrenches do not.
I can't remember how many guys working in dealerships
fixing cars wished they could join unions and make twice
what they did, but their jobs were based on what the economy
would bear, not what the union said they were worth.
I wonder how much less I would have paid for my new
car if the builders made $20 instead of $40.
And that's all I have to say about that.
What makes you want to blame Unions? Workers that assemble import brands in
the US, of mostly imported parts, are paid less that workers in domestic
plants and they have fewer benefits and less desirable pensions, but the
import brands sell for as much or more than domestic brands, of the same
size and with the same equipment.
By the way the US auto industry IS number one. The three US manufactures
still sell more vehicles combined than do all of the dozen or so import
brands combined ;)
And the import automakers are making money on cars sold in the US; the
Number 1 in what market? Don't forget that there are many other markets,
like Europe, South America and Asia. Right now, the US market is the
largest. The Asian market it growing fastest; the US market s shrinking.
Except in March, when import brands had 51.6% of the US market. What
good is more than 50% of the market when the Michigan 3 aren't making
It should be noted that for the year to date (January, February and
March), the Michigan-3 sold more vehicles than the import brands.
However, there is a trend of the Michigan-3 losing market share and the
imports gaining market share. Part of this is related to the imports
actually making more cars that people want than the domestics, based on
sales (more import-brand cars are bought than domestic brand cars - not
including trucks of course).
buddy of mines dad has been a ford union employee for years. I was amazed
when he told me about his average work day. He's a tool maker so he only has
to work when the plant needs a tool made. Well this guy is making pretty
good money to barely work and ford has to pay him for 40hrs because of the
union. dont remember what his salary is but it aint shabby.
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