Saturday, September 6, 2008

CAW gets new President

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Buzz Hargrove has resigned as President of the Canadian Auto Workers. He is hailed as a great labour leader and a friend to the working family. But is Buzz really their friend? The former Big Three, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, are now the "Detroit Three". GM and Ford have been pushed aside in their home markets by carmakers from Japan and Korea as consumers desert former brand choices and go for something new. Chrysler may soon disappear altogether. Even powerhouse Daimler-Benz was unable to turn Chrysler around. A main reason for the decline of domestic automakers is "organized labour" which has made them uncompetitive. If workers no longer have jobs because their companies have been driven out of business by "organized labour", how can anyone say Buzz was their friend? Only government unions like CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) can keep getting more for their members. Why? Governments tax and spend. Taxpayers pay up, or else.

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