On 05 Aug 2017, AlleyCat posted
Post by AlleyCat
On Sat, 5 Aug 2017 19:19:09 -0500, Byker says...
Workers at a Nissan assembly plant in Mississippi have voted against
forming a union, adding to decades of futility by United Auto Workers
organizers at foreign-owned auto plants in the American South.
The greatest growth of the American middle class happened
concomitantly with the growth of unions. The fall of the middle class
has occurred concomitantly with the fall of the unions.
Hmmm . . .
Post by AlleyCat
LOL... I worked there for 7 years and we voted the Union down EVERY
damn time. It was hard to convince us that giving THEM money could
possibly make it any better than it already was. We made DAMN good
money and the benefits were fantastic.
You made good money and had benefits because of the Unions.
Post by AlleyCat
The ONLY thing that they could have possibly made any "better", was to
argue for the Democrats who were always getting fired for doing
something as stupid as stealing a car part.
Like I said, we made damn good money and we all got big discounts on
our cars and trucks, yet there were so many stupid Democrats working
there, that theft was a problem.
You can take the Democrat out of the ghetto, but you can't take the
ghetto out of the Democrat.
Same problem at the Leeds plant in St Louis. Except the GM crooks
recognized the UAW and later, caved into hiring a bunch of lazy
unqualified for anything blacks to work on the assembly lines. If you
bought a Malibu in the 70's and it fell apart, this is why.
It fell apart because of crappy GM design. Every 70s, 80s and 90s GM
car I've ever owned (except one) had the same problem. The fan for
the hvac would go out at around 100K. They finally licked the problem
- in the next century.
GM's 1973 series Abodies were notorious for rusting out around the
back window. This wasn't an assembly line issue, it was a design
flaw. The metal was too thin, insufficiently coated and the
installation design stressed the metal and led to friction which broke
down the coating. The rust spread into the quarter panels, weakening
the car's structure. The problem was only partially resolved with the
1978 downsizing of the Abody.
GM's 350 V8s were notorious for burning oil. This wasn't an assembly
line issue, it was a design flaw. The valve guide seal design was
defective and though they used that iteration of the 350 V8 nearly
twenty years, it took them more than a decade to solve the problem.
Never saw a 350 with over 90k that didn't blow a cloud of oil smoke
when you started it.
One reason US models now approach the reliability and efficiency of
Asian and European makes is because they've farmed out much of their
design and development work to their Asian and European branches and
to other global car companies.
GM has enaged in joint design ventures with Toyota. The Pontiac vibe
was a rebadged Toyota Matrix. GM was even importing Australian
Holdens and rebadging them in the late 2000s as Chevvies and Pontiacs.
GM's Epsilon platform, originally a midsize design but then adapted to
both compact and full size cars, has underpinned literally dozens of
GM models from compact Chevvies to big Cadillacs. It was developed by
Opel of Germany.
When Ford became resurgent in the 2000s, it was largely due to the
fact that most of the cars they built were based on Mazda chassis.
Their fabulously successful Focus and Fiesta were designed by Ford of
Europe. They use engines designed and built in Great Britain.
Any Chrysler product could be depended on to blow it's transmission
somewhere between 50k and 80k, especially the front drive transaxles.
They whipped that problem after several decades by using German built
trannies from the late nineties.
"Bungled collusion is still collusion." -- Charles Krauthammer.