Yes, unions killed Detroit
No, unions are not at fault
when manufacturers can go virtually anywhere in the world and force U.S. workers to compete with workers whose cost of living is only a fraction of theirs, that doesn't work (for the workers, that is -- but works beautifully for the super wealthy and vulture capitalists). There's a race to the bottom and it has accelerated with the deline of unionization ... blaming unions is a tactic used by those ripping us off and too many people buy it ...
you cannot blame solely the unions for what happened to Detroit. there were multiple factors that caused it happen
Unions were not the only cause for Detroit's financial troubles. They may have been the leading cause, but they weren't the only cause. So, no matter how many times you guys try to spin this in your attempts to lay blame squarely on the (auto) unions, you cannot blame Detroit's problems squarely on them. There are several reasons Detroit is in the position it's in. Pensions sought and received through union efforts that weren't renegotiated over time were just part of the problem.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
Of course, recognizing the reality, I'll just be called an anti-union activist or something.
My answer is, "No, we really can't." The position GM management took was, "We don't want a strike. Let's settle this." Kinda' like a lazy parent spoiling a 3-year-old.
Thank you, Quazi!
And when it comes time to deal with a strike, most of those liberal politicians in office have already been paid for by union money, why do you think they roll over so easily?