Since the UAW has shown a flair for theatrics in its negotiations with General Motors, we thought we’d demonstrate a similar pizazz. CNSNews.com has a good round-up of the labor strife, and they were kind enough to include our thoughts:
However, Bret Jacobson, senior research analyst at the Center for Union Facts (CUF), told Cybercast News Service that GM “appears to be trying to buy some breathing room as it tries to modernize its workforce, while the union appears to be trying to hold onto the 1950s with all it’s got.”
Noting that the last national UAW strike crippled Ford in 1976, Jacobson said the time between that walkout and this one “has been just long enough for union officials to forget how devastating those actions can be for their own members.”
Jacobson also called the union’s decision to call the strike “puzzling” because the action “endangers one of the major employers that feed and clothe their members.” He also said there is “a rich irony” in the UAW demanding job security and then allowing members to make what could be a devastating walkout.