Over the past three decades, they have lost ground to more agile foreign rivals that favored smaller cars built by non-unionized labor at lower wages.
Really? So what are the wages for the foreign rivals? They don’t tell us. Last night – Rachel Maddow did - $25 an hour. Oh, but UAW wages are $70 – right? No, try $28 an hour. Hat tip Dean Baker who adds:
Actually, many of these cars were built in unionized factories in Japan, South Korea, and Germany. Unions didn't keep foreign manufacturers from producing high-quality popular cars in these countries. Even when these companies set up shop in the U.S. they have been able to work well with unions. Toyota operated a plant in California where the workers were represented by the UAW for decades (it may still be open). There may have been problems with the way the Big Three management dealt with unions, but other car companies have been able to operate very effectively with a unionized workforce.
We will likely learn in a few hours that more workers have lost their jobs. And yet incompetent writers for the Washington Post still have theirs?