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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:40 PM
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Corporate Piracy Runs Amok
by Marie Cocco

Washington Time was that when a big company demanded pay cuts of 60 percent from more than 30,000 workers in 13 states,
announced numerous plant closings, and put employees on notice that pensions and health benefits were about to be slashed,
some sort of political outcry would erupt.

That time has passed.

If there is official outrage over the bankruptcy strategy of Delphi Corp., the largest American auto-parts manufacturer, it is
imperceptible. Yes, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, whose state would bear the heaviest burden, has said her piece. Yes, the
business press has reported on the bankruptcy laying out the usual story of an old-line manufacturer finding it so much cheaper
to produce its wares overseas that it now has no choice but to force down wages here at home.

A few have seen fit to mention the exquisitely embroidered golden parachutes the company seeks to provide for 21 top executives
who might, after all, downsize themselves out of their own jobs and so deserve a soft landing. Still, the commentary congeals
predictably around the idea that this is all the fault of the United Auto Workers, a union that's been wildly successful at winning pay
packages that allow its members to live a middle-class life.

"Unsustainable entitlement," one commentator called the UAW contracts. "Welfare," said another, as if heading for a factory before
dawn to strap on safety goggles is the moral equivalent of a day spent dawdling in front of the TV.

Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1019-21.htm

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AGiordino Donating Member (304 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:03 PM
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1. Cyclical History
The major playas (Monster Corp Inc) have convinced the average blue-collr worker that they have been dealt into the corporate environment and that their blue-collar survival depends upon the quarterly or even monthly profit returns.
And these guys eat that line right up and listen to Rush and agree and fack themselves at every turn and then wonder why they end up unemployed and on the street without a safety net because they voted it out when they voted in a Republican Administration who promised to return DIGNITY to the White House and American Government.
See cause the only way to get where we are is to toe the line and be a loyal hard working unquestioning employee. In my biz, we built production plants in India and China. They told that the Indian Plant was only going to produce a low level component of our product.
Ha! within two years they were running full production and importing that shit into the US market and making a hell of a margin profit.
They lied, we got laid off (reduced-in-force) and the Fat Boyz got their bonuses kicked up several notches for being so ingenious.

Ladies and Gentlemens, that is America today.

Work for them and they pwn you.

America will have to replay the nascent years of Union Organization and the bloody aggression and counterstrike before any advances for the common man will be made.

Until then, shut up, accept your check with servile grace for the sweat of your labor and don't rock the boat.

Or become a contractor, work for yourself and get on the fast fading train of government contracting in Iraq.

helluva future we're levaing for the youth of this kkkountry

:rant:
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 08:44 AM
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2. This Was Part of The Plan From Day 1
Dephi was "spun off" to discard it and its employees, while saving the rest of GM's perogatives. Too bad it didn't work.

Imagine if they put all that time, money and brainpower into making a product that people wanted and needed and found useful, and a company that produced high quality efficiently.

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