Why is it that I can look at every situation and be able to see and justify both sides? I’d love to be so firm in my beliefs that I could look at a situation and only see it one way. I can’t.
Take for example the proposed merger between the Chrysler car company and Fiat. The Fiat CEO basically told the Chrysler union leader that the deal wouldn’t go through unless the Chrysler employees took a wage reduction to put them in line with their counterparts in Canada and Japan.
The Chrysler union rep was furious, and initially I totally agreed with the Fiat guys. Over-paid union workers. Make too much. They need Fiat or their bankrupt. How dare he force Chrysler to close down because the staff are asked to take a pay cut…
Then I heard the union guy talk.
He said salaries make up only 7% of a car. So why focus on that cost? Is the Fiat CEO trying to really keep salaries in check because they are concerned their employees are going to want raises, I mean their employees are working at presumably lower wages for a company that is not on the verge of bankruptcy, and to have Fiat purchase Chrysler and then pay them more would be very hypo-critic, no?
Then again, maybe the Fiat management team knows they have Chrysler over a barrell and are just sending a message to the soon to be Fiat employees that the union does not run the show…
So I see both sides…
But being anti-union, I hope Fiat follows their path and gets those Chrysler workers to accept the pay cut.
I remember as a kid, my parents owned a Dodge Chrysler and during the winter the doors would either freeze shut or freeze open. We drove many a place with my sister and I holding the doors shut until the car would warm up and the doors would shut.
Crap car. Crap company, maybe? Over-paid worker, for sure, according to Fiat.