Chrysler, Ford shut down for weeks

There are 29 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Dec 17, 2008, titled Chrysler, Ford shut down for weeks. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Chrysler says it will close all 30 of its manufacturing plants for a month starting Friday.

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Rachel

Syracuse, NY

#1 Dec 17, 2008
I hope that workers are not being paid for sitting at home.
michelle

Comstock Park, MI

#2 Dec 17, 2008
Of course they are being paid, they are union!
sweet

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Dec 17, 2008
hummm...GM is screaming that they are broke,but are doing nothing. at least Ford and Chrysler are smart enough to take action 1 more reason why a bailout is a bad deal
Sophia

Comstock Park, MI

#4 Dec 17, 2008
That's why they are in this mess in the first place. They need to totally restructure how they run their companies and the union needs to be open to restructuring as well.
richard

Ionia, MI

#5 Dec 17, 2008
Thats just great, screw all the suppliers and pay the UAW workers to sit on there fat aus at home. Nice.. Wonder how many suppliers will go belly up.

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#6 Dec 17, 2008
The UAW workers will continue to get 95% of their wages and Benefits while these factorys are idle. The UAW employees will continue to suck these companies dry even when they are struggling for survival. There is NO SYMPATHY here for the UAW. The President and OUR Republican Heroes in the Senate will put a stop to these wasteful practices and Bring the excessive Wages and Benefits down to earth. They have the FULL support of the Majority of the American taxpayers. Our money should not be used to fund a continuation of this WASTE !

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#7 Dec 17, 2008
Sophia wrote:
That's why they are in this mess in the first place. They need to totally restructure how they run their companies and the union needs to be open to restructuring as well.
The UAW will continue to suck every last penny they can out of these companies. They are not concerned about the survival of the companies, just preserving their lifetyles. Taxpayer money will NOT be given to do that !
WhatAJoke

United States

#8 Dec 17, 2008
The UAW was built on the premise to protect workers. Decades later...it breeds lazy, high paid employees whose work can be done by monkey.

HEY IDIOT UAW EMPLOYEE...$20/hr beats $0/hr
cdc

Greenville, MI

#9 Dec 17, 2008
who cares! enjoy the nice vac time! i sure do enjoy my retirement at age of 28!
sickofit

Greenville, MI

#10 Dec 17, 2008
Take the pay cut
AmericanMade

Holland, MI

#11 Dec 17, 2008
This is how it is folks….Back when things were going good,(well, at least better than the way things are going at the present), the state of Michigan was willing to allow to put all of its economic eggs in one basket. And that basket involved anything related to keeping the Big 3 prosperous. Hence, along comes the “foreign” equation into the way the economy is controlled. Next thing you know we’re seeing foreign companies buying up huge shares of American companies and WHALLA there goes our good paying jobs being exported overseas. So let’s stop blaming the Big 3 and/or the union for our economic woes. Let’s place the blame primarily on the “fair trade” agreements that our government so eagerly crammed down our throats. It’s very simple to understand why the Big 3 are struggling. We’ve lost a huge chunk of our middle class. Get rid of NAFTA; bring our jobs back; be willing to pay a little more for the products we buy; and foremost, thank God that we still live in a country where the people can still make a difference. We just need to unite together for a common cause to make those in government understand that whatever and whoever is responsible for our current economic situation be held accountable. Am I a dreamer or what?
eric

Vonore, TN

#12 Dec 17, 2008
Mad Taxpayer wrote:
The UAW workers will continue to get 95% of their wages and Benefits while these factorys are idle. The UAW employees will continue to suck these companies dry even when they are struggling for survival. There is NO SYMPATHY here for the UAW. The President and OUR Republican Heroes in the Senate will put a stop to these wasteful practices and Bring the excessive Wages and Benefits down to earth. They have the FULL support of the Majority of the American taxpayers. Our money should not be used to fund a continuation of this WASTE !
BRAVO AND AMEN TO THAT!
eric

Vonore, TN

#13 Dec 17, 2008
of course 70% of americans support drilling here,,adn 68% are against the bailout,but, the democrats dont give a shit what americans want,they just want to support thier union buddies and thier democrat votes.
Fuel for the fire -

Muskegon, MI

#14 Dec 17, 2008
Mad Taxpayer wrote:
The UAW workers will continue to get 95% of their wages and Benefits while these factorys are idle. The UAW employees will continue to suck these companies dry even when they are struggling for survival. There is NO SYMPATHY here for the UAW. The President and OUR Republican Heroes in the Senate will put a stop to these wasteful practices and Bring the excessive Wages and Benefits down to earth. They have the FULL support of the Majority of the American taxpayers. Our money should not be used to fund a continuation of this WASTE !
Yes! Thank God for the repubican heroes in the Senate - they are leading the charge - as we race to become another 3rd world country! The auto makers are asking for a loan, NOT a bailout. All of you smug, bitter jack off idiots better laugh now - if those companies do go down, it will take a terrible toll on the NATIONAL economy and take down many companies and small businesses also.
Reader

Manistee, MI

#15 Dec 17, 2008
Ya know, if the car corporations would have handled the rise in crude oil a little faster instead of them sitting on their hands or having their hands in the oil companies pockets, this would not have happened.(Ford played a big part in it.)

Maybe the guys in the unions would take a pay cut, you wouldn't be out of a job. All you people get greedy and want more but in the end you loose it all and for what?

When your companies go belly up because the government won't give them any cash, you will be stuck at burger king with just a high school diploma making minimum wage when you were making $40 to $60 an hour.

So much for your American Dream.

So much for the wasted march on Washington.

Time to revamp the UAW.

Most of us saw the trickle effect coming after the attacks in New York but nobody listened.

Look where you are now.

It's only going to get worse before it gets better.

Our government doesn't care, they are all still getting paid.

Time to make our government officials work for free.

You all will just let this country go down the tubes, because you all are too stuck in your ways of being cattle.

You don't have the balls to do anything about it anymore.

You are all afraid of your own government, a state full of sissys and wannabes.
Sad day

Saint Charles, IL

#16 Dec 18, 2008
Its amazing to me that we gave wall street $700 BILLION that we will NOT be seeing back and there weren't any stipulations that they had to conform to, yet we expect these companies to slash pay rates and hurt how many people that depend on these companies for their jobs or pensions. My question here is when are we going to stop blaming the UAW and start realizing that this all comes down to sending all the manufacturing jobs out of the country. You people on here are so damn naive and ridiculous. And for your information these people will get paid for the contractual 2 week shut down and nothing more than that. Get your facts straight before you start pointing fingers.

You want our workers to be paid comparable to those in Japan and elsewhere in this world, do you have any idea how those workers are treated? Its a sad day when these companies are talking about closing for good because they can't afford to remain open. I don't think the UAW is perfect but at least these companies held good jobs for people who can't afford or don't want to get a college education. There was a time in this country that the working for the big 3 actually meant something. Its sad that we have switched to a country that requires a degree to get anywhere worthwhile. Whether you agree with the union or not these are real people with real families who depend on these companies for their livings. Have some heart, put your selves in their shoes.
LCinCP

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Dec 18, 2008
If these companies would restructure, reduce pay, employees pay more for their benefits, not give so maqny days off with payand start eliminating waste,that would save them a bundle and maybe the price of cars would come down so people could afford them. Just might keep these people and suppliers working.
The Union and the employees ought to shut the hell up, take the wage cut while you still have a job and work with the company for the sake of everyone not just the big three. Your not worth what your paid. Your not rocket scientist. Greedy people, thats why the big three is broke. Everyone else is taking cuts to have a job whats the matter with you idiots.

Since: May 08

Lowell, MI

#18 Dec 18, 2008
AmericanMade wrote:
This is how it is folks….Back when things were going good,(well, at least better than the way things are going at the present), the state of Michigan was willing to allow to put all of its economic eggs in one basket. And that basket involved anything related to keeping the Big 3 prosperous. Hence, along comes the “foreign” equation into the way the economy is controlled. Next thing you know we’re seeing foreign companies buying up huge shares of American companies and WHALLA there goes our good paying jobs being exported overseas. So let’s stop blaming the Big 3 and/or the union for our economic woes. Let’s place the blame primarily on the “fair trade” agreements that our government so eagerly crammed down our throats. It’s very simple to understand why the Big 3 are struggling. We’ve lost a huge chunk of our middle class. Get rid of NAFTA; bring our jobs back; be willing to pay a little more for the products we buy; and foremost, thank God that we still live in a country where the people can still make a difference. We just need to unite together for a common cause to make those in government understand that whatever and whoever is responsible for our current economic situation be held accountable. Am I a dreamer or what?
I don't think you're a dreamer. Looks like you're one of the few that is wide awake..........
nobody

Oscoda, MI

#19 Dec 18, 2008
Does anybody remember when Ross Perot was trying to become president over Bill Clinton? Perot said if NAFTA passed you would hear the sound of jobs being sucked out of the US? Nuff said.
Sonnyatoak

United States

#20 Dec 18, 2008
LCinCP wrote:
If these companies would restructure, reduce pay, employees pay more for their benefits, not give so maqny days off with payand start eliminating waste,that would save them a bundle and maybe the price of cars would come down so people could afford them. Just might keep these people and suppliers working.
The Union and the employees ought to shut the hell up, take the wage cut while you still have a job and work with the company for the sake of everyone not just the big three. Your not worth what your paid. Your not rocket scientist. Greedy people, thats why the big three is broke. Everyone else is taking cuts to have a job whats the matter with you idiots.
Everbody taking paycuts except for WALLSTREET. Their still getting their bonuses this xmas, many getting millions.

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