Challenge Manufacturing Laying Off Workers

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The strike at American Axle will leave hundreds of people out of work in the city of Walker.

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Mar 8, 2008
 
This kind of news will just sadly keep coming up. Michigan , and elsewhere have a long road ahead of them.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
What is really upsetting about our layoffs is that there are a few people that get to keep their jobs. We are all hoping it will not last real long so we can all still have an income.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
The corporate greed of American Axle is starting to affect everyone. American Axle is profitable but they want the workers to take a 60% cut. The workers have no choice but to strike unless they want to lose their homes and everything they have.

The unions are the only thing standing between american workers and a new age of 8/hr jobs. If union wages go down, then ALL wages in america go down, but bigwig CEO's will still make millions and millions.
JENNIFER GRANHOLM

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Mar 8, 2008
 
SHOP AT SAV A LOT YOUR DOLLAR WILL GO FARTHER

“Come, heed the wisdom”

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Mar 8, 2008
 
I'm always amused at this logic... They don't want to take a pay cut and so they... go on strike... and start making almost nothing while on strike. RIIIIGHT... Smart move there! Even IF the business eventually gives them what they want THEY LOSE. If not from the lost wages then from the fact that the company will undoubtedly send those idiots' jobs to Mexico rather than deal with their crap any longer. Unions have long since outlived their usefulness. I hope that everyone who is getting laid off because of the union remember why they aren't working.
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The corporate greed of American Axle is starting to affect everyone. American Axle is profitable but they want the workers to take a 60% cut. The workers have no choice but to strike unless they want to lose their homes and everything they have.
The unions are the only thing standing between american workers and a new age of 8/hr jobs. If union wages go down, then ALL wages in america go down, but bigwig CEO's will still make millions and millions.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
I wish the workers at American Axle would think about how they are very Directly effecting Michigans already suffering economy. So many families that are struggling to make ends meet as it is are going to suffer because of their strike.I certainly hope that they are proud of themselves for putting so many others out of work, and for what more money? Are they going to be willing to help all these other families make the mortgage payments, feed their kids, keep the utilities on with what they get? No, because what they are doing only concerns them and what they can get out of it without any regard for all the others they are putting out of work.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
Guess a 60% cut would be about $30/hr job for the union workers. Sounds more like the whole corporation is greedy to me. I'd trade my degree to make that kind of money. I agree many, maybe most, of the CEOs,CFOs,etc should not be making the insane salaries,stock options,etc. they're getting but @ the same time union jobs seem to be overpaying many low-skilled workers. I was in a union @ 1 time & sadly found out the union bosses control your job security. Union management's no different than corporate management.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
The strike at American Axel has also forced Port City Group in Muskegon to lay off employees as of Friday until further notice. Saying hopefully only for a 1 week period.
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#10
Mar 8, 2008
 
"Union management's no different than corporate management."

You got that part right, for sure!
Baruch HaShem

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Mar 8, 2008
 
Again it is too bad the magic word, GREED has affected innocent people there jobs. In an economy that is uncertain, the demand for more and more is still alive, again pushing more American Jobs over Seas.
With this and the illegal immigrants becoming more acceptable in our job market and becoming entitled to Americans benefits. It is no wonder this State and this once great country is in the trouble it is, we need Representatives in Lansing and in Washington. That honors our American Flag and the American Citizens, not the Mexican government and their flag.
God Bless America.
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Mar 8, 2008
 
Finally, people are speaking up about the UAW Greed!! Maybe if the over paid, protected, greedy auto plant employees made a normal wage and lived within their means like the average hard working American, these companies would not be going out of business. I think they should all be fired, get rid of the union who has ruined the economy, and the auto plants can hire HARD working people for less money, and get more work for the money......I can't believe the over paid executives have not figured this out yet!!!!
buy non-union goods

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Mar 8, 2008
 
Now you know why the American autos cost so much..................
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Mar 8, 2008
 
I hope the strike is settled and everyone goes back to work. It is getting tougher out there now that work is going overseas to the Pacific Basin countries mostly. Unions have fought for the working person for years. That fight is getting tougher. Everything costs more from medical care, to gasoline. How can we keep taking the beating to our wallets and nothing is being done to make it more affordable to live, grow the economy, and bring in more revenue for our communities both private and public.
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#16
Mar 8, 2008
 
The people at american axel should be happy they have a job I am sure there are many people that would take their job for the pay they are being offered also the employees should give a little to help out the american auto industry
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#17
Mar 8, 2008
 
I also work in a union shop but we do not make $30
a hour. i work for Lear,Inc. I make $14.00 A hour
and we also got laidoff this week. But we are also
closed our walker plant, and our jobs are going to mexico, not because of the unions but because
Lear management wanting more money for the CEO, so you can't just blame the unions for this problem in michigan

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Tired of the Greed wrote:
Finally, people are speaking up about the UAW Greed!! Maybe if the over paid, protected, greedy auto plant employees made a normal wage and lived within their means like the average hard working American, these companies would not be going out of business. I think they should all be fired, get rid of the union who has ruined the economy, and the auto plants can hire HARD working people for less money, and get more work for the money......I can't believe the over paid executives have not figured this out yet!!!!
You are correct!
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#19
Mar 8, 2008
 
i think you guys are still blaming the unions and i dont think thats right, the unions have done a lot for this country and the greed is on the companys not the unions
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Mar 9, 2008
 
union worker 2344 wrote:
i think you guys are still blaming the unions and i dont think thats right, the unions have done a lot for this country and the greed is on the companys not the unions
You are absolutly right with that comment!
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Mar 9, 2008
 
great job american axle stand up for whats right
Tim

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Mar 9, 2008
 
union worker 2344 wrote:
i think you guys are still blaming the unions and i dont think thats right, the unions have done a lot for this country and the greed is on the companys not the unions
maybe 50 years ago they did something worthwhile but ever since their increased demands are the reason michigans economy is in dire straits. if the unions would have taken the wage freezes and cuts the rest of us had to deal with over recent years instead of demanding more raises and causing price downs on all the local suppliers, the reduced wage wouldnt be a shock. now the rest of us have to suffer again because of greed.

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