In the end, the first nationwide strike against General Motors Corp. in 37 years came because the United Auto Workers want something that GM will find difficult to promise: Job security.
A basic principal of labor relations is that unions are the creation of management.
Companies who treat their people decent do not have labor problems.
Yet, it is characteristic of American industry to view unions as the enemy.
Why is that?
Perhaps it is because, when unions hold fast, they bring the incompetence of management to the surface, for all to see.
This is certainly what is happening in the General Motors strike.
Why is GM in such bad shape?
Because of incompetent management.
Incompetent management that gave away the store to the union back in the 50s and 60s when the Big Three were still the Big Three.
Incompetent management that hailed “concealed window wipers” as a great advance even as Honda brought out the 40 plus miles per gallon Civic in the early 70s.
Incompetent management that put all its chips in the storage area of the
elephant Tahoe even as fuel prices rocketed to the skies in the 2000s.
Incompetent management that gives itself huge bonuses for its own incompetence even as the elevator falls to the basement.
And, of course, the persons who should pay for this are, needless to say, not the incompetent managers.
There will likely be no winners in the GM strike. If the company goes under, though, remember this: it will not be the fault of the persons who build the vehicles.
It will be fault of the empty suits who
have run ran the company into the ground.
Addendum, Later That Same Evening:
Will Bunch, again.