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Sounds like Fain may have some "issues" within his organization, and aside from any of those, it seems to me this guy has intentions that go beyond the specifics of a good contract for the UAW members.

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His recent comments about calling for a "national strike" when the current contract expires, smacks to me of the rhetoric usedย  by labor "leaders" in much of the EU over the years.ย  The danger I see in that, is suddenly, labor issues get blurred with social issues.ย  And when that happens, it is very easy for the competitive issues faced by the domestic auto industry with its huge investment costs, get blurred with industry and businesses that have no such costs that bind the employer to keeping his workforce here.ย ย 

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It is bad enoughย  -my observation, right or wrong-that some very basic auto industry positions with minimal skill/effort requirements earn the same as those performing tasks that require greater skills and or physical requirements.

But Fain's desire to put all labor in the same pool would only lead to a diminished competitive position for American industry in general.

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On 6/11/2024 at 2:30 PM, Bob Rosadini said:

Sounds like Fain may have some "issues" within his organization, and aside from any of those, it seems to me this guy has intentions that go beyond the specifics of a good contract for the UAW members.

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His recent comments about calling for a "national strike" when the current contract expires, smacks to me of the rhetoric usedย  by labor "leaders" in much of the EU over the years.ย  The danger I see in that, is suddenly, labor issues get blurred with social issues.ย  And when that happens, it is very easy for the competitive issues faced by the domestic auto industry with its huge investment costs, get blurred with industry and businesses that have no such costs that bind the employer to keeping his workforce here.ย ย 

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It is bad enoughย  -my observation, right or wrong-that some very basic auto industry positions with minimal skill/effort requirements earn the same as those performing tasks that require greater skills and or physical requirements.

But Fain's desire to put all labor in the same pool would only lead to a diminished competitive position for American industry in general.

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It also boils down to the labor pool is also shrinking-Boomers are just about out of the labor market, Gen X is getting older and they are a small cohort,ย Millennials are the largest group but are rapidly approaching middle age, and Generation Z is only slightly larger then Gen X and about 4 million smaller then the Millennials.ย 

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Shortages in the labor market are going to drive strikes (because it will be harder to replace workers to a point), but should be curious how this all shakes out with the UAW and what the actual tipping point was-was it their actions or the people inside the organization.ย 

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