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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When Did Auto Workers Become Like NFL Players?

GM production workers

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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