Friday, December 19, 2008

Unions Getting Unfairly Blamed for Auto Woes

If you've paid attention to media reports concerning the auto bailout and unions, you'd almost think that unions are to blame for almost every economic mistake by the big three automakers. Despite evidence to the contrary, such as woeful management decisions by U.S. automakers, unions, which are the lifeblood of this country, are unfairly taking the blame for the downfall of American auto manufacturing.

Unions have an agenda that all companies should have: fair wages for workers, basic standards for collective bargaining on contracts, health care, and other such measures. The answer lies in making all companies, including foreign car companies in the U.S., have union labor, as well as having the cost of health care come down through a combination of private and public health care system.

Unions aren't to blame for the auto companies requested bailout money, and they shouldn't be scapegoated by the media, some Republican politicians, and other such naysayers.

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