UAW Wants You To Buy American, But What Exactly Does That Mean?

The United Auto Workers Union desperately wants you to buy vehicles built with union labor in the United States of America.

That should come as no surprise considering the union makes its money off of organized American workers.

Some say the union model is an antiquated and obsolete way of building cars, but its pro-American sentiment is one shared by the new U.S. presidential administration. Both the UAW and the president are working to bring more car manufacturing into the country, while shunning vehicles built in countries with cheaper labor costs.

In an attempt to further its cause, the UAW will begin an ad campaign encouraging U.S. residents to only purchase vehicles built in the U.S. with union labor. That means it may suggest that you take home a U.S.-built Toyota Camry instead of a Mexico-built Ford Fusion.

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Thanks, Donald: In Response to Trump, UAW Spills the Beans on Ford Bronco, Ranger

1985 Ford Bronco

Regardless of which side of the aisle you stand on, the 2016 presidential election has brought new meaning to “political theater.” Every election features its fair share of attack ads, smear campaigns, and slander, but with two unprecedentedly polarizing candidates, it’s no stretch to assume people are watching debates, social media at their fingertips, just to hear what the “other guy” will say.

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Chinese Buick Envision Seems Headed to U.S.

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Yesterday came some praise for the United Autoworkers Union because of its part in steering Ford towards producing a much-hyped new generation of a well-known pickup and SUV in the United States.

Today, the union may have some negative influence on a GM plan to introduce a new, economical Buick CUV to the U.S. market.

Typically the union would be all for a new model, because it would employ people and keep factories moving. This Buick, though, wouldn’t be built in the United States. It would be built in (and imported from) China.

Back in August we reported about the possibility of a Chinese-built Buick Envision CUV being sold here. The UAW lashed out immediately. Cindy Estrada, UAW’s vice president in charge of GM talks, said:

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Ford Bronco, Ranger Coming Back Thanks to UAW

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I’m generally not a fan of the United Auto Workers union.

I believe that automakers should have the right to hire and fire whomever they choose, whenever they want, while paying whatever wages they deem fair. Without getting into a giant political debate here, I think we can all at least agree that the union has significant control over the actions of automakers.

One positive result from the UAW’s influence is the recent confirmation of a long-standing rumor involving the return of a favorite old workhorse.

Union contract negotiations can get intense and often involve salary increases, bonuses, performance pay, guaranteed work, and increased factory production. Ford’s recent negotiations with the UAW have resulted in something exciting:

The virtual guarantee of a Ford Bronco, along with a new U.S. Ford Ranger.

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VW Workers Defeat UAW

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Who protects you from getting fired? Who has your back when things at work get hard or when your employer decides to increase your share of health benefits?

If you’re like me, the answer is easy: no one except yourself.

Advocating for yourself keeps you working as hard as you can to keep advancing and growing in your career.

As a writer I can tell you that no one will fight for me if my job were threatened. Like you, I can’t get lazy in my work or someone else will come along and work harder.

Advocating for one’s self is better for the employee and for the employer. Who wouldn’t want a workforce determined to work hard and do all they can to keep their jobs?

That’s my thought process for my position on the auto union.

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When Did Auto Workers Become Like NFL Players?

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They’re big. They’re tough. They’re represented by a powerful union.

When things don’t go their way, the union threatens a strike that could derail the employer’s ability to continue operating.

They sign contracts.

They get hefty signing bonuses.

These descriptions fit both National Football League players and American auto workers. Their respective unions, the National Football League Players Association and the United Auto Workers, routinely negotiate big-money contracts that leave some people questioning whether or not the workers deserve so much cash.

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UAW Negotiating New Deal, Ford Workers Threaten to Strike

Can't we just Focus on the cars?

I appreciate and admire all the hard work Americans do.

Every American, heck, every citizen of this Earth, works in some way to meet an ultimate goal. To celebrate that work, we observe Labor Day in the U.S. by, ironically, taking a day off work to acknowledge the sweat that gets poured into making this country work.

American workers are the ones who build roofs over our heads, fix our appliances when they break and assemble the vehicles that allow us to freely roam the 47,000 miles of Interstate highways criss-crossing the States. When workers excel in those jobs, they typically get rewarded. When they can’t perform, they get fired. That’s the cycle, and the way it should be.

Some workers work for large corporations, others work for small businesses and others work for no one but themselves. While I appreciate them all, I just can’t get behind the organized unions that protect workers of large companies. That includes the United Auto Workers. Simply put, I believe unions make it too hard to get rid of problem employees while creating a heavy burden on employers.

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