Originally Posted by MikeW
I agree with this. However, the top level executives have to be the example and take the largest pay cuts.
The American automakers are not going to make this work until they and their workers learn to get along. They have to make it a place where the autoworkers want to come to work, not because of union benefits, but because it is a good place to work, they are treated well by those they work for and they have reasonable benefits in line with the rest of us in this country.
If they can't get there, then let them fail.
Have you ever considered that some of those benefits might just compensate for the fact that factories can be pretty crappy places to work? They are loud, dirty and dangerous.
Same goes for many blue collar jobs. If someone is willing to travel down a dark, tiny shaft of a coal mine or breath in glass dust for eight hours every day, then I don't begrudge them their fabulous dental plan and a salary which allows them to move to a middle class burb.