03 October 2009

UAW Rallies against...the UAW

The irony doesn't just drip, it flies out as though from a RainBird sprinkler.

via Sweetness and Light

The socialist People's World dutifully reports;

Hundreds rally to stop Chrysler plant closing

But who are they rallying against, exactly?

"What do we want?" (unintelligible muttering)
"When do we want it?" "NOW!"

According to "Peoplesworld";
"Build them where they sell them" was the battle cry from hundreds of autoworkers and their supporters at a rally in front of Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) Sept. 25. The plant, eight miles north of Detroit, is scheduled to close in December 2010 but the union here is aggressively working to reverse that decision.

The plant, which makes the Chrysler Sebring and Avenger mid-sized sedans and the Sebring convertible, is one of eight Chrysler plants that are slated to close.

According to Sweetness and Light;
This article, especially coming from the CPUSA ["A militant, activist, working class party that unites workers, students, professionals and farmers from various backgrounds in a fighting..." blah blah], should supply us all with our minimum daily requirement for irony for quite some time.

The socialists continue;
Since June, Chrysler has been run by Fiat under a U.S. government-aided bankruptcy reorganization. Upsetting many here is that while Chrysler/Fiat received $10 billion in U.S. taxpayer money (and 2.5 billion Canadian tax dollars) all of the plants that are scheduled to close are here in the U.S.


WSJ Online in April reported;
The United Auto Workers union would eventually own 55% of the stock in a restructured Chrysler LLC under the deal reached by the union and the auto maker, according to a summary of the agreement that was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

Fiat SpA "eventually" will own 35%, and the U.S. government and Chrysler's secured lenders together will end up owning 10% of the company once it is reorganized, that summary said.

As I understand all this, the Douchbag UAW is pissed at the Douchbag UAW and protesting cuts? heh

Meanwhile, local cities in the Kokomo area are starting to feel the pinch as factories still aren't paying their property taxes;
Much consternation has been expressed by Howard County attorney Larry Murrell and his team of negotiators in relation to the stonewalling received from Chrysler concerning past and future tax payments.

The negotiating team has expressed the feeling that Chrysler negotiator Brian Glowiak doesn't have the authority to reach a settlement. They are probably right. But the problem isn't Glowiak or Chrysler's intransigence. The problem lies with the owners of the company.

Ownership of the company is divided up as follows. Fiat owns 20 percent, the U.S. Treasury owns 9.85 percent, Export Development Canada owns 2.46 percent, and the United Auto Workers VEBA owns 67.60 percent.

Fiat's share will rise to 35 percent if performance goals are met. Fiat will also have the right to buy 16 percent more shares.

The United Auto Workers at 67.60 percent has a majority ownership of the company - and not only a majority ownership, but a super majority ownership. Therefore, the Howard County negotiating team has been negotiating with the wrong people. Murrell's group should be negotiating with the United Auto Workers, the organization that basically owns Chrysler.

Murrell should immediately add to his negotiating team the United Auto Workers' local presidents who have a vested interest in our community and the community's welfare.
[My italics above]

Not only are the unions pissed at the unions (if they even know who they're pissed at), the unions aren't paying their fair share?

The whole Government Motors bailout concept seems to be devolving into a tornado suckhole of douchbaggery and leftist idiocy.

Another thing; the "Build them where they sell them" line. More cars are sold in California than anywhere else, so....STFU.

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Blago Bloggo October 3, 2009 at 8:53:00 PM EDT  

Oblivious was invented for situations like this. What a bunch of clueless dingbats there are up there. Woweee!

Spork Hugh October 4, 2009 at 2:23:00 PM EDT  

Ah, the miracles of trying to enact fascism on a free society. How long until the government steps in--again--to keep the plants open and further doom the future of the Chrysler-Fiat deal?

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