Aug 24, 2014
Part of the issue really has very little to do with unions... the ownership of BMW and Mercedes is part of management, whereas the "owners" of GM (and Ford and Chrysler) only are concerned about dividends and the managers only concerned about bonuses - which explains some of the recall issues where middle managers try to save a few cents on small parts because with the volume of vehicles that GM puts out, cents add up to millions of dollars. I see the problems with US automakers as not at all caused by the union, but rather as a failure of management, and greed that is driven by bonuses based on silly criteria.
Obviously the 1% do *NOT* agree and find it easy to blame the unions, while forgetting that in order for an agreement (which is what a union contract is) to happen, BOTH SIDES have to agree and sign on...
When labor is treated as an expense to be minimized, it sends the wrong message and overlooks the importance of labor as partners (and potential customers)