Monday, December 22, 2008

Why the Big 3 should be bankrupted

Bankruptcy is the only effective way to get rid of the UAW/CAW.

Ever wondered what a UAW contract looks like? Here is all 22 pounds of it (in this case, Ford’s 2,215 page 2007 master contract...)

I’ll tell you this much, those 2,215 pages don’t include much regarding efficiency and competitiveness. What you’ll find are hundreds of rules, regulations, and letters of understanding that have hamstrung the auto companies for years.


Update: Some relevant links from Brian in the comments -> Slate and Pajamas Media on Detroit's work rules and a Brazillian exception.


Brian said...

The unions have essentially destroyed the Big 3 ... two articles below illustrate the real issue.

" ... At some GM plants, distinct job categories evolved for each spot on the assembly line (e.g., "headlining installer"). In Japanese auto plants, where they spend their time building cars instead of creating job categories, there is only one nonsupervisory job classification: "production." ... "

Where Do Detroit's Inefficient Work Rules Come From?

Detroit’s Downturn: It’s the Productivity, Stupid

Interesting video about the modern Ford plant in Bahia Brazil. Watch it to the end where they discuss how Ford has integrated the parts suppliers into the plant ... something the UAW and CAW refuse to consider ... but of course they (CAW /UAW) are not the problem.


JR said...

Brian, Thanks for those links. I've moved them to an update in the post.