Monday, November 21, 2005

GM hoses American autoworkers, again

DETROIT -- General Motors executives have just annouced they intend to shut down 12 US factories, including many in Michigan, throwing 30,000 autoworkers to the unemployment lines.

Ford just cut 4000 US jobs. Overall, a total of 60,000 US auto industry job cuts have been announced in the last week.

Included in the GM shut down are the Lansing Metal Center, and Craft Centre, in my hometown, where thousands of good union jobs will be lost in mid-06.

Local governments in the Lansing MI area have handed out plenty of corporate welfare and tax cuts to GM in recent years, but GM still back-stabs them.

Lost GM jobs in the US will likely be moving overseas where strong unions, labor and environmental laws don't exist, where foreign workers will be paid much less to make vehicles that won't cost less.

Cut labor costs + keep selling expensive vehicles = more GM profit.

This is what America gets from bad deals like NAFTA and WTO.

GM fat-cats want to save money to please Wall Street and creditors. But with all the jobs beings lost, who will buy GM vehicles? Is anyone making a truly American car anymore?

GM, instead of cutting off US workers, how about cutting global warming pollution from your gas-guzzling fleet, and making more vehicles that people actually want to buy?

I'll stick to riding my American made bicycle.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was just reading about a professor at San Diego State University who created a hybrid that gets 80mpg and goes from 0 - 60 in 4.3 seconds. I was scoffed at when I thought there might be a Bill Gates of energy out there. Well folks here he is. I am sure there are others as well. You would think Gm, Ford fat cats would jump on this shit and get movin already. I mean it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure this out. WE THE PEOPLE WANT FUEL EFFICIENT VEHICLES NOW! But instead they screw the workers, and thier families. Tucker is still rollin over in his grave.

LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

GM is run by a bunch of putzes. They havent quite figured out that if they run their full production capacity they stand to make a profit.

But then...what do I know :)