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Username: Upinottawa

Post Number: 1058
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2008 - 1:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am not sure how much "resisting" the CAW should do. If two-tier pay is what will help promote new (and continued) Big 3 investment in Ontario, then the CAW may need to live with it. Of course, the CAW could always push for across the board wage decreases (which would be suicide for the union's leadership).

http://www.canada.com/windsors tar/story.html?id=a156c82b-29e 6-45f4-a97d-dff663b0ddf3&k=259 91
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Username: El_jimbo

Post Number: 574
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2008 - 1:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey, if the canucks want to fight, I'm sure there are some plants here in the US that would gladly be re-opened and do the work instead.
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Username: Omaha

Post Number: 153
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2008 - 12:44 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Labor unions are a natural reaction to a greed-driven, profit-maximizing economy that pays workers the lowest wages possible. The problem for unions in industrialize nations is there is now a whole world for capital to run to in order to find new workers to exploit.

“Any man who pays more for labor than the lowest sum he can get men for is robbing the stockholders. If he can secure men for $6 and pays more, he is stealing from the company.” Stockholder of American Woolen, (Lawrence, Massachusetts) told to the Rev. Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1911

“There are always going to be people who take advantage of workers. Unions even that out to their credit. We need them to level the field between labor and management. If you didn't have unions, it would be very difficult for even enlightened employers to not take advantage of workers on wages and working conditions, because of [competition from] rivals. I'm among the first to say that I believe in unions.” Senator Orrin Hatch

Apple personnel executive, when asked what the company was planning to do about the widespread problem of employee overwork and burnout: “We’re not doing anything about it. We work people as hard as we can and if they burn out they leave, and we get new people.” At Work magazine, January/February 1994

“Ford isn’t even an American Company, strictly speaking. We’re global. We’re investing all over the world. Forty percent of our employees already live and work outside of the United States, and that’s rising. Our managers are multinational. We teach them to think and act globally.” Alex Troutman, then CEO of Ford Motor Company, 1995

“If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job. There are lots of them and many of them are hungry.” Andrew Grove, president of Intel Corp., in his book "High Output Management" 1995

“Ideally employers should put every plant they own on a barge so that it could move around the world to take advantage of lower wages.” Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric Corporation

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