Big news this morning in the auto industry: the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union has called a strike at General Motors (GM) factories after failing to reach a deal with management for new contracts. I have predicted for some time that a real, knock-down, drag-out war between the UAW and the American auto manufacturers was coming (for many of the reasons discussed in my Fixing the American Auto Industry piece). I hope this is it, and that GM doesn’t give-in. Fire the union workers and rehire on a case-by-case basis with individual contracts like most every other modern industry. This is GM’s opportunity to break the unions and free itself to grow and improve in reliability, sales, and profit—which will ultimately help it and its workers (and chart a course for Ford and Chrysler to follow later). Go for it!
Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.