I have never been part of a labor union so I'm not sure what to make of this or who to root for. Is it fair to root for the companies making billions after getting taxpayer help and making their workers take pay cuts in the crash of 2008? Should they share in the boon times with their workers? Executive pay is huge. Workers demand of a 32 hour work week but getting paid for 40 hours rubs me the wrong way. My father in law worked for GM for 40 years. When I was first dating my wife I went to her house one day and my boy had left a paycheck stub unattended on the kitchen counter. He never went to college. He was making over $75k a year. I was one year out of USC making $45k a year. I said to my wife, "wow, he makes good money. What does he do at GM?". She said , "well, he is on an assembly line, car chassis are moving above his head, a machine lifts a muffler up under the chassis and he jiggles it into place. " I said, "that's it?", yep for 8 hours he jiggles mufflers into place. Great pension and medical benefits.
Without a doubt the winds of change are coming to the auto industry. Everyone sees what the switch to electric cars will do to auto workers. Massive layoffs. Electric cars don't have a muffler to jiggle into place. Or an engine, or a transmission, or pistons, or oil filters or a bunch of hoses and wires. You don't need hardly close to the work force to build an electric car but the profit margins are higher. Electric cars don't need any maintenance and rarely need any repairs. In almost 5 years my Tesla has never been in the shop for maintenance or repairs. Not even once. What happens to the dealer mechanics who charge you $100 bucks an hour just to say , "Good morning, so what seems to be the problem? It's making a weird noise you say? We will need it to put it thru diagnostics. Pick it up in two weeks".The tab goes up from there. What about UPS drivers making $170,000 a year? Good for them, but they also seem to think that's not enough.