You gotta love the way the mayor of Lansing shouts this smug, fat-faced Fox Stooge down.
The New York Post editorial the stooge quotes is based on several lies, the main one being that autoworkers actually take home seventy dollars an hour. That figure, long ago exposed as a con, includes the estimated cost of all benefits paid to all workers including retirees.
The mayor didn't get around to it, but I'm sure if he'd have had time he'd have pointed out that what the comparison between autoworkers' compensation and that of the average industrial worker in the Midewest shows is not that autoworkers are paid too much, but that everybody else is paid too little. And it's not that union members have too many and too generous benefits it's that other workers don't have enough and what they do have are stingy. National Health Insurance would fix this, but that's another argument.
The other lie is that "2000 dollar loss" on every car. It's not a loss. It's an added cost. I know corporate greed heads are inclined to treat every dollar spent as a dollar lost, even if they make two dollars back, and I know the would-be aristocrats who run our economy these days think there ought to be a way to get people to work for them without having to actually pay them anything---that is, they think it would be nice if there was a way to bring back serfdom. But the cost of labor, whatever it is, is part of the price of a car. The price charged might have to be 2000 dollars higher but it doesn't matter if someone actually buys the car. What percentage of the price of an average new car is 2000 bucks anyway? About 10 per cent? Think cars would be flying out of the show rooms these days if they cost 18 grand instead of 20?
Detroit can't sell enough cars. Toyota can't sell enough cars. Honda can't sell enough cars.
Lots of reasons for this, but one of them is that 30 years of making life better for the upper classes in this country by making it harder for the middle and working classes has finally caught up with us. Thirty years of stagnant wages and increased prices and lost jobs and lost benefits and stolen pensions have worn us all down. We can't afford to live here anymore. The cost of paying autoworkers a wage that keeps them in the middle class adds 2000 bucks to the cost of an SUV? What added the other 30 thousand?
The autoworkers are going to get screwed on whatever deal is in the works. And it won't be enough.
The actual take home pay of the average autoworker is around 28 bucks an hour. Shave it down to 25 and the corporate greedheads will be back next week to demand it be shaved again down to 20. Shave it to that and they'll want it at 15.
As the Mayor says, people in Washington and on Wall Street won't be happy until Americans are working for Third World wages.