Posted 5 years ago on March 10, 2012, 11:25 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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JOB PROTECTION is a racket, and the union wants in on it. Hence, two-tier workers, three-tier workers, and permanent temps. Workers pay and pay, but only capital is protected. Concessions never save jobs. Never. But they prolong the dues collection and subvert the struggle for economic justice with promises. Do what we say and you won't get hurt.
An article in the Wall Street Journal, titled "In the Heart of the Rust Belt, Chinese Funds Provide the Grease,"--about Chinese investment in U.S. manufacturing-- featured a picture of an assembly line at Nexteer in Saginaw. It looked familiar. I worked on a similar assembly line at a GM-Delphi fuel injector plant in Coopersville, Mich.--before they automated and eliminated half the jobs. Literally half. Post automation, we produced the same amount of fuel injectors with half the workers.
Perhaps that's why all the new production jobs at Nexteer are temporary. If the new electronic power steering systems prove viable and GM retains contracts, the Chinese may invest in more automated production technology. In which case, the temps would not be a liability. Or perhaps, the demand for a tier of permanent temps simply indicates the lack of long-term commitment toward American workers despite all the payola--tax abatements, waivers and wage cuts.