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UAW’s burden: How much blame should the United Auto Workers union get for Detroit’s downfall?

Oct 05, 2009

UAW’s burden: How much blame should the United Auto Workers union get for Detroit’s downfall?

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Time United Auto Workers union. magazine had plenty of blame to spread around when it comes to showing how what was once America’s fourth-largest city took a series of wrong turns. The former mayor, Coleman Young, and automakers get their share. But interestingly, so does the



also takes the UAW to task for taking the position that workers with comparable skills and seniority should get the same paycheck wherever they work, whether the company is strong or weak.

 The net effect of that decision has been to make weak automakers weaker and to dissuade non-automotive employers from coming to Detroit out of fear they will be subjected to the same rule. Drive On contacted the UAW for comment on the Time report. A "no comment" was offered.

So what do you think? Is the UAW to blame, at least in part, for Detroit’s downfall?

Now, "nearly one in three Detroit residents is out of work — and not many of the unemployed have a prayer of finding a job anytime soon," Time says.

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