UAW Authorizes Strike Against Ford

Ford Motor Company was the only “Big Three” auto company that did not take government bailout funds.   GM and Chrysler became an extension of the federal government in a forced partnership with the United Auto Workers union.  As the strongest of the three, Ford is now the target of big labor who has authorized a strike against the company.

As John Lillpop says:

With 14-26 million Americans unemployed and or underemployed, one would expect an ‘attitude of gratitude’ among workers still holding jobs, especially those being paid an average of $58 per hour. However, unionized auto workers in Detroit have grown accustomed to enjoying unreasonable wages and benefits, courtesy of thugs who operate the United Auto Workers union.

Lillpop continues:

When the government stepped in and bailed out GM and Chrysler with an infusion of cash, there were certain concessions made by the UAW. The bailout allowed the companies to survive and even revamp their businesses. It also prevented the union from striking against GM and Chrysler. Through that period, Ford became somewhat of a shining star by not taking any bailout money. Ford’s reward for taking the harder route is that the UAW, in negotiations with all three makers, can strike.

This reason, while perhaps sentimental, is one key negotiating tool that Ford has in Ford’s cap. The perception that the union will punish Ford, the company that did not take a bailout, would leave a stigma on the UAW that could take years to erase. It is the classic mantra that no good deed goes unpunished. This mantra is something that people in America are growing tired of, in particular because of the state of the economy.

The fact is Obama’s pro-forced unionism policies are coming home to roost.  While he desperately needs the economy to turn around in order to save his re-election chances, his allies in big labor are now engaging in wildcat strikes in Washington State and are ready to cause even more economic damage in Michigan.  If the president would empower workers and not union bosses, he would likely not be facing such daunting challenges.