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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Government will not be able to succeed in the Auto business. Government has too many favors that they like to bestow on their "friends". It will be a porky mess.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Hey Slippery Slope...get caught up, you are way behind here.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Someone else is willing to do the same thing cheaper.
    Right, meaning they make less and can afford to buy less.

    That is how it works, people in places with a lesser cost of living naturally don't need as much money compared to people in places with higher costs of living.
    OK, so why do some places have a lower cost of living? Environment, job availability and wages.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    I worked in a machine shop in the early 90's that was partialy unionized. The union workers not only made $4-5 more an hour then their non union counterparts but they also recieved more frequent and longer breaks.

    I dont understand how anyone would fail to see how this would hurt the company. More money payed to people that work less.
    So why have labor laws at all then? To prevent corporations from taking advantage of their labor force and to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

    Excerpt from - A day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican

    ...On the way, he drops his 12 year old daughter off at the clothing factory she works at. Since there are no regulations against child labor Joe appreciates the extra income. Paying for kids to go to private school until they're 18 is a luxury, and Joe canít afford to get the latest cool thing to impress his buddies without that extra income. Times are hard and there're no social safety nets so you gotta buy everything you can before you canít work anymore.

    He gets to work 5 minutes late and misses the call for Christian prayer, and is immediately docked by his employer. He is not feeling well today, but has no health insurance, since neither his employer nor his government provide it, and paying for it himself is really expensive, since he has a precondition. He just hopes for the best.

    Joe's workday is 12 hours long, because there is no regulation on working hours, and Joe will lose his job if he complains or god forbid, tries to unionize. Today is an especially bad day because Joe's manager demands that he work until midnight, a 16 hour day. Joe does so, knowing that he'll lose his job if he does not. The good news is that he can call his daughter and tell her to work late too, since he canít afford child care. Heíll just pick her up on his way home. Too bad neither employer has to pay over-time.

    Finally, after midnight, Joe gets to pick up his daughter and go home. His daughter shows him the deep cut she got on the industrial sewing machine today. Joe is outraged and asks why she doesn't have metal mesh gloves or other protection. She says the company will not provide it and she'll have to pay for it out of her own pocket. Joe looks at the wound and decides they'll use an over the counter disinfectant and bandages until it heals. She'll have a scar, but getting stitches at the emergency room is expensive.

    His daughter also complains that the manager made suggestive overtures towards her. Joe counsels her to be a "good girl" and not rock the boat, or she'll get fired and they'll be out the income.

    His daughter says she can't wait until she's 18 so she can vote for change or go to the Iraq War. Unfortunately, Joe reminds his daughter that women canít vote anymore because Joeís Church, which is now the 4th branch of government, says that Jesus thinks adult women should stay home and take care of the household and stay out of politics which is for men.

    They get home and there's a message from his elderly father who can't afford to pay his medical or heating bills. Joe can hear him coughing and shivering. But Joe understands that his father must suffer for not saving enough to live on after he couldnít work anymore, at 83. Sure, he had some stock and a retirement package but the company filed for bankruptcy a few years back to get out from under itís debt after the former CEO ran off with hundreds of millions and the current CEO is getting fired for poor performance. He still gets 300 million in severance pay, however.
    That's the way you think it ought to be?

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    So, if a person working in a southern auto factory makes $50,000. / year and it costs $30,000. for him and his family to live in a nice house, feed them, pay utilities, taxes, etc., then they are able to save $20,000.

    His counterpart in Michigan makes $70,000., but it costs him and his family $60,000. in living expenses, which one is the "stupid" one.

    After all, you've already described in detail how much cheaper it is to live in the south.
    Right so all corps should move to the south where it's cheaper and then all the people will move to the south thereby raising the cost of living. When the tech bubble busted Californians started moving out to Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona... guess what happened? I know, because we looked at these states too. The housing prices shot up as well as the cost of living. Because people with money moved in and could afford to pay more.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    GM does have high production costs, but labor is far from the only reason for that. Legacy costs(mostly related to labor), inefficiencies, being slow to modernize methods and equipment, these are big parts of the high production cost. Labor is a contributor to GMs troubles, but certainly is not the only, or even necessarily the biggest reason for those troubles.
    Then why do people focus on the union wages? Because cons hate unions because they don't allow employers to take advantage of their labor and cons believe that if you can hold an employee upside down and shake the pennies out of their pockets then the corporation deserves to have those pennies.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    How are you planning to do that exactly? Tell Toyota is has to pay more, so they move out of the country?
    No... the usually proposed solution is to unionize everyone -- so as to artifically raise labor costs, thus either raising the cost of the product or lowering the margin of profit.

    "Leveling the playing field" like this in no different that raising average class scores by making the test easier.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    There's some Harrison Bergeron thinking there.
    Oh pul-eese... fear mongering anyone?

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Slippery Slope View Post
    But why is the contract hurting the company? Because their competition has lower wage costs. Raise the wage in the south and suddenly GMs contracts are no longer a problem. THEN, all auto workers will make a better living. It's what drove the middle class before foreign car companies ever opened their first plant in the USA. Remember?
    High salary does not prosperity make.

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    Re: GM goes bankrupt and gets nationalised

    Quote Originally Posted by Slippery Slope View Post
    Oh pul-eese... fear mongering anyone?
    "Fear mongering"?



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