The Losers Striking at General Motors: It’s time to replace the ungrateful workers with a robot

Here’s the grim reality, and I say this as a person who has three General Motors cars in my garage, the losers striking against the company are out of their minds socialists and it’s a real shame. There is no place in America for a labor union especially in a car manufacturer. The workers are not management, as unions like to believe. A worker is just a worker, they don’t get to share in the risk and reward as some natural right. If you are a pot smoking union worker who calls themselves “middle class” you are not equal to the management mechanisms. What the UAW is doing to General Motors going after the company after a year of decent profits is robbery and every striking employee should be fired and replaced with a worker who wants to work for the good pay and benefits that do come from General Motors. I know most of the workers on that picket line don’t read very much, and they’d be ashamed if they did to read Karl Marx, but what they are doing is straight out of that book on communism and they are presenting themselves as an impediment toward a productive marketplace. This whole business of pitting workers against the corporations that employ them is straight out of the pages of socialism and communism making every worker who participates an activist for that vile, anti-capitalist enterprise. It’s just embarrassing to have one of America’s great car companies saddled with such a limitation.

I just bought a General Motors car and believe me, I looked at everything before buying. Out of all the cars on the market it was only the ones from General Motors that even had a little appeal to me. I wanted to find something besides General Motors because of all the union disputes, and the embarrassing bankruptcy that the company went through ten years ago, but honestly out of all the cars on the market in the 50K plus range including BMW and Mercedes, they weren’t good enough for me. So yes, I buy American cars not just for the flag waving aspect of it, but because I think they are the best cars on the market. However, I felt less good about it because of these strikes that seem to always be in the news, whether last year we were talking about the Lordstown Plant in Ohio or this latest disaster that even involves the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky. Workers in the striking GM plants average roughly $1200 per week in wages so it’s not like they are starving for doing jobs that most anybody could do. Yet they don’t think that’s fair enough because their perspective is so skewed that reality is lost to them. For anybody else in the world, that would be a great wage, but not for the socialist union worker that can never get enough. For all those reasons I almost didn’t buy a new GM car. The reason my wife and I finally did was purely because of the design. General Motors put the best design on the road and the technology that went with it, and that was not a union effort, it was just good market strategy and engineering. Anybody can mechanize an assembly line to put together a car. But to design the car and compete in the marketplace takes a lot more than just showing up for work every day and punching out the time clock at the end. Working and management are not equal parts of the process and the compensation should never reflect such a thought. The GM workers are lucky to have a job that pays so well, I would say it’s too much now, let alone looking for more.

You don’t hear about Honda or Toyota striking like this. The socialist labor unions have tried to penetrate all the car companies to some extent but the foreign competition does not suffer through the same problems as General Motors seems to always have, due to the perception that there is loot for the taking in the American car company due to its rich history. The average worker doesn’t know much about how a company becomes great, or how much government bail out money supports General Motors due to the top-heavy legacy costs that are part of doing business, that are becoming more and more unnecessary. I know a lot of people who work for General Motors and have in the past, I know well the type of people who are walking that picket line. They aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box. They know their jobs. They know their neighborhoods and they know when bread is on sale at the grocer and where they can buy beer. Outside of those parameters you won’t find the next great philosopher working on the line in the Bowling Green plant. I’ve been to that facility, its mostly asleep. My take on the place is that robots should be running everything, and at a typical Toyota plant, it probably would be. In the competitive market of automotive building, every hour of productivity lost can cost up to $1.3 million per hour, and if General Motors isn’t building cars for the marketplace, well then, Toyota and Honda will build them instead. Someone will take those jobs while those idiots are out there chanting on behalf of Karl Marx.

And if I were General Motors management, I’d rather automate then pay those workers to always be a volatile part of the supply chain. There are few things worse than a striking employee, whether it’s a teacher’s union or an automotive manufacturer. When you are at a stop light and most of the cars around you are foreign, and you have to compete directly with them for cost and profitability, you have to mitigate as much unreliability out of your process and in regard to the typical General Motors employee, most of those jobs could be eliminated and replaced with a robot. And given the amount of money that they are demanding, they should be. So what if it costs General Motors $1.3 million an hour? The looters in the union see that number and they rationalize that its cheaper for General Motors to cave into their demands. But these things are not just measured in money. The opportunity cost of having such unreliable workers is far greater and General Motors to be competitive in the future is going to have to eliminate that variability. Its not the job of General Motors to give these people a job. It’s the job of a car company to make a car that someone like me will buy. How it gets put together is a variable that is up to the manufacturer. It doesn’t require some lazy line worker with the IQ of a jellyfish. The union has greatly overstated their value in the matter.

I would be prouder of General Motors if they busted their union. I would still buy their cars. I don’t want to look at my cars and think of a bunch of Karl Marx slugs that aren’t happy with $62K per year just for using a power drill to apply a few screws per car that comes before them on the assembly line. I want to see a company that outmaneuvered the competition and engineered a superior product into the marketplace. In a world where everyone else is working, the GM workers are smoking crack if they think they are going to bring the whole thing to a stop with their stupid picket line. Rather the world will move on as it should. I don’t care how General Motors builds their cars. I just want them to keep doing it, preferably without the labor union losers who think they are the critical process in the construction of an automobile. Management is not owned by the people, it’s a task for people who think, and is not something that can be shared as Karl Marx uttered. And every striking employee should be ashamed of themselves and have their jobs eliminated as a result of this strike.

Rich Hoffman
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2 thoughts on “The Losers Striking at General Motors: It’s time to replace the ungrateful workers with a robot

  1. The workers are brainwashed by the Union and by their experience getting bailed out by Obama. The time to drive the union out was when the company was collapsing. Instead, our dear leader threw bankruptcy law out of the window and wiped out the shareholders (normal during bankruptcy, so I have no beef there) AND the secured bond holders and gave the assets of the company to the UNION. Workers have no rights in bankruptcy law but Obama didn’t follow the law and when a lawyer representing Chrysler bond holders challenged him in court, he used his bully pulpit to rail against the man and call him a greedy capitalist (This is almost straight out of Atlas Shrugged. Amazing how we are living what Rand wrote about decades ago.) Now, after the lesson that they received was that the Union would be protected, they think that they are in the driver’s seat. I hope that GM management can show some backbone and just stare them down until they are freezing in the cold winter walking their picket line. That is how they learn who provides the jobs and who should be grateful for the opportunity to work. Thanks for a good post. Keep it up.


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