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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Locked Out

A group of union workers have taken over a closed auto parts shop after being denied severance pay. This, and another plant had shut down after disputes between the owner and Chrysler. Chrysler had publicly stated that they were debating pulling out of Canadian operations unless union workers would make "substantial concessions." The workers, fearing that they would lose all negotiating power, have welded the doors shut from the inside and refuse to come out until their demands are met. Since the company had made parts for Chrysler, the industrial giant had attempted to retrieve some of it's tools; this was met with the workers blockading the trucks and refusing entry to the complex.

This is the latest sign of the weakening economy, as the working man is the casualty while the company cut their losses, and leave. This may have been to extreme for most but desperate times call for desperate measures. Is this the right thing to do, or is it only hurting their cause? Is this actually a sign of desperation or evidence of unions coddling their members? Either way it will be interesting to see where this goes. My opinion is that this kind of thing was bound to happen and is a sure sign of the tough times. Nobody is really at fault here, as the companies are bankrupt and the workers are broke and jobless; just another sign of tough times.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Josh, I would agree with you totally that no one is really at fault. There is not one person or organization to blame for the states of the economies around the world, and events such as these have been bound to happen. You did a good job in clearly and quickly outlining the event, and why and what happened. I think that the union taking over the plant is a sign of desperation than anything else, and no one should be severely punished for being involved with it. I would say that it was more of a good thing to do, rather than it being something that hurts their cause, because if they don't take a stand for themselves, then no one will, especially with this economy being the way it is.