Re: Do auto workers really earn $73 an hour?
Yes, but Toyota, BMW and the others do the bulk of their Research and Development and have their high level execs outside of the U.S., and their execs and specialists make LESS than the US version. Making GM, Chrysler, and Ford Excecutives and high skilled workers (white collar) to take the same concessions as their overseas counterparts (whisper no health benefits and no big executive pay for you!) is ludicrous. However, that's what the line workers are being asked to do. Not asking the white collar, non-union workers in GM, Chrysler and Ford not to take on concessions as well until they reach whatever "competitive" is when the line guys are supposed cut their wages until they are "competitive" (whatever that means) to makes absolutely no sense. The white collars ARE supposed to be the brains of the operation, after all, and the operation of the Big 3 have been missing in the Vision department of late, so if you want to blame the workers, it needs to be Management, Design Engineering, and the other supposedly "smart guys" (in quotes because some are women).
Assembly plants, bah. That's not much for all those concessions those states gave the foreign companies. Meanwhile the home countries of the non-US companies are all too willing to help "their" companies. And what do we do? Lend out $350 billion to the Fairy Money people, as if their new investment ideas were worth saving.
Last edited by Silverbird; 12-12-2008 at 07:58 PM.
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