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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gvsu

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#23
Mar 9, 2008
 
Vivian wrote:
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.
Your an IDIOT! Do you understand economics? you cant blame people at american axel because you dont save your money, you spend more than you make, and you have no plan in place incase something like this were to happen. Paycheck to paycheck. I bet your a democrat..ffs
gvsu

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#24
Mar 9, 2008
 
buy non-union goods wrote:
Now you know why the American autos cost so much..........
Try taxes, regulations, some more taxes and some more regulations not to mention health care, oil prices(not just for fuel but plastics etc) and the list could go on and on. Do some research before share your un-informed opinion. Ever seen the actual break down of why your vehicle cost so much. Union labor and non union labor isnt why cars cost what they do.
gvsu

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#25
Mar 9, 2008
 
union worker 2344 wrote:
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
Another brilliant thinker, do you really believe what you are saying? Do you think it is that simple?
Lisa in GR

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#26
Mar 9, 2008
 
It is important for workers to take a stand, no matter what the industry. Every time we support a corporation or school district cutting salary and benefits, we are just asking for our own salary and benefits to be cut. If this keeps up, we will have an entire state of workers making $8 with no benefits! I know it hurts when people lose their jobs, however, people in Michigan deserve to go to work and make decent living wages and have benefits. These strikers are just standing up to what is right. Those who have issue with that should take it out on corporations, not employees. We should stick together.
newtogrmi

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#27
Mar 9, 2008
 
It is a shame that the UAW has not wised up after all these years. At least a million blue collar jobs lost in the last 10 years and they still want more. Most Americans would be very happy to have 60-70% of what UAW workers have, and have been blowing away like a sick gambler!
Investigate

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#28
Mar 9, 2008
 
This is what happens when you try to run a company with people who are high before they get to work and go out on lunch and breaks to get high too.

The "union" is NOT what it used to be.
Gary

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#29
Mar 9, 2008
 
Union employees have bought into the "union line" and have given up their ability to think for themselves. They toe the union line even though it is obvious to the rest of us that it is not in their best interest.
gvsu

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#30
Mar 9, 2008
 
Gary wrote:
Union employees have bought into the "union line" and have given up their ability to think for themselves. They toe the union line even though it is obvious to the rest of us that it is not in their best interest.
Finally some intelligent thought
gvsu

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Mar 9, 2008
 
Investigate wrote:
This is what happens when you try to run a company with people who are high before they get to work and go out on lunch and breaks to get high too.
The "union" is NOT what it used to be.
pathetic isnt it. Grown adults slipping off at breaks to get stoned and then complaining about how they are getting screwed. God I wish they would all catch something terminal.
gvsu

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#32
Mar 9, 2008
 
Tim wrote:
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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.
Dont you think there was some oversight when all the auto workers were hired in the 50's . They offered great pensions but they had no idea how things would turn out long term. Now they are supporting too many retired folks and facing globalization with places that never give pensions, vacation time, helth benifits, safe working enviroments, reasonable hours, and so on. The pinch came down and people arent happy. It is what it is, get used to it and get on with life. Can you imagine what would happen in South Korea, China, Mexico, thailand, Vietnam or India if workers would go on strike? Maybe they would make a few more dollars a day. If all manufacturing leaves the USA do you understand where that puts us? No longer able to make things like guns,bullets, bombs, fighter jets etc. Then we are at the mercy of those nations that do manufacter goods. This all takes skilled labor and once its gone your screwed. Some people laugh at guys in work uniforms that get dirty during the day,snickering at the gas station, but next time think about it.
union yes

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#33
Mar 9, 2008
 
Workers at a profitable company like American Axle should never agree to a 60% cut. They fought for what they have, and they are fighting for all american workers. Without a union , a company can cut wages and benefits at any time, or give someones job to the next lower bidder. People can't pay mortgages, car payments, buy food, etc. when there is no job security and wages are driven down.
Corporate greed is to blame. CEO's want to take everything away from workers, but they will take bigger and bigger bonuses for themselves.
When union wages go down, all wages go down. The union workers on strike are fighting for justice against the corporate greed that is affecting all of us. The ignorant fools who complain about the unions aren't trying to do anything that helps any working person, they just have to talk BS from behind a computer screen.
Wyoming Dad

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#34
Mar 9, 2008
 
I'm glad to see that the AA union is getting some blame for their greed. Why not call up somebody you know in the AA union and tell them that you appreciate being laid off so they can get more money?

In the mean time, I'll tell my daughter, who is in the 2nd year of med school, that she really only needs a third grade education to make the money she'll get as a doctor (no, they don't make millions like those on TV). But seriously, for those that think good employment came with unions, there were always good careers for those that were willing to work for them, by getting an education. I could never understand the whining by the union leeches because they didn't get what they wanted from a easy job that they walked into.
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#35
Mar 9, 2008
 
I think it's about time some one stands up to these big corperations they want to cut everyones benefits and wages. CEO's While give them selves wage increases and bonus packages. You think that with all these wage decreases the price for these products would be lower to benefit the consumer but that never happens. the little people always are always asked to give the pay more for medical while at the same time are asked to take a wage cut.
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Mar 9, 2008
 
Brainwashed..........
union yes wrote:
Workers at a profitable company like American Axle should never agree to a 60% cut. They fought for what they have, and they are fighting for all american workers. Without a union , a company can cut wages and benefits at any time, or give someones job to the next lower bidder. People can't pay mortgages, car payments, buy food, etc. when there is no job security and wages are driven down.
Corporate greed is to blame. CEO's want to take everything away from workers, but they will take bigger and bigger bonuses for themselves.
When union wages go down, all wages go down. The union workers on strike are fighting for justice against the corporate greed that is affecting all of us. The ignorant fools who complain about the unions aren't trying to do anything that helps any working person, they just have to talk BS from behind a computer screen.

“God Save The Queen”

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#37
Mar 9, 2008
 
“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never exist if labor did not exist first. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

Abraham Lincoln, State of the Union message in 1861
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#38
Mar 9, 2008
 
Remember now that CEO's are getting paid good money for what they do... raising shareholder value! In most cases, the stock market is where employee pensions and retirement plans are invested. We want our american companies to make money, this will increase the value of pensions, 401ks, etc. Maybe a deal can be made to decrease the salaries of the employees while giving then a ownership interest in the company? Stock options maybe? CEO's pay is directly affected by the companys performance, why don't we make the employees wage directly linked to the companies performance. In addition, why don't we take the companys debt and make the employees responsible for a portion of it. This way they can find out exactly what it is like to be a buisness owner. If the company files bankruptsy because of the strike, so should the workers. The buisnes has to compete globally, why shouldn't the workers?
worry

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#39
Mar 9, 2008
 
I don;t understand why this is happenning now.
Din

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#40
Mar 9, 2008
 
The idea that the wages of union jobs directly effects what everyone else makes is ridiculous. There are plenty of non union jobs that make more money than they do, it just requires more education. The kid leaving highschool to work on the line and make 40k a year is over. I work a non-union job and I make decent money. I don't worry about the corporation slashing my pay. Why? Because I am difficult to replace, with sought after skills. If they could grab someone off the street and train them for my job in 6 weeks then maybe I would be worried.
Wake up unions

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#41
Mar 9, 2008
 
If you cannot find another job for the same wage, you are overpaid.
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#42
Mar 9, 2008
 
Gary wrote:
Brainwashed..........
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This moron probably thinks he's doing american workers a favor by buying chinese and japanese products.
typical anti-union mentallity: "duh...unions be bad cuz the rich people say they be bad."

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