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GM to open $200M plant as it looks to slash logistics costs

  • General Motors (GM) is today due to open a $200M metal-stamping facility in Texas that is adjacent to the car maker's Arlington factory.
  • GM expects the new plant to save it $40M in travel costs, as well as money on the repair of parts that are damaged while in transit.
  • The facility is part of GM's strategy of improving its profitability by slashing logistics expenses.
  • "We spend billions a year on logistics," said GM CEO Dan Akerson. "Think about that, billions. Any savings I can get...goes right to my bottom line and makes us more competitive."
  • One of the factors that has facilitated the new plant are the labor contracts that allows GM to pay new workers lower wages, said Tim Lee, the company's manufacturing chief.
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  • Remford
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    Oh, terrific. Yet one more example of UAW pretending to be competitive force by offering contracts that preserve existing workers' statuses quo, while throwing completely under the bus the only party not present at the negotiating table to object or even express a voice in their own destinies - workers who haven't yet been hired.

     

    In most cases, these poor folks will be consigned to working for half the wage of those whose incomes they're subsidizing while being contractually prohibited from ever becoming a majority capable of affecting change in their own defense. During this indeterminate period of exploitation, many will earn less than their counterparts other makers employ on an at-will basis without the burden of dues, yet WITH the opportunity to advance on the basis of ambition, ability and value produced rather than seniority and patronage.

     

    ALL workers have the essential right to declare the minimum terms under which they're willing to do a particular job, either individually or collectively. Yet NOONE has a right to prevent an employer from saying "no, thank you" in response, or to deny any OTHER person who finds value in being more productive and/or less costly from pursuing the opportunity collective bargainers already decided they're not willing to perform.

     

    Notwithstanding the illegitimacy of its own continued existence, GM's support of and participation in such blatant exploitation as an example to all makers that are subject to employing UAW-represented workers is utterly immoral.
    14 Oct 2013, 04:45 AM Reply Like
  • Americanmade
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    I say go to Honda or Toyota or BMW or any other import and watch their employees make vehicles. Making cars and trucks is like making computers, there is not a lot of talent any more. I have worked over 25 different car assembly plants, and we make it simple to assemble a vehicle. I am headed to Kansas City for new paint shop for GM, also Ford has been working at their plant there for over 18 months. completely overhauling the plant.
    14 Oct 2013, 07:22 AM Reply Like
  • Americanmade
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    I worked at this plant in Arlington, Texas....the cheapest Tahoe was $40,000 for the police package, $80,000 for a well optioned Tahoe, $100,000 for a Cadillac Escalade, $120,000 for Chevy Suburban 4 x 4 LTZ diesel with every option. Lot of profit here, Texas Republicans buying these like hot cakes
    14 Oct 2013, 07:06 AM Reply Like
  • Americanmade
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    installed new wheel alignment system that can computer check system with laser in four minutes. Tell your local repair shop to do an alignment in four minutes and adjust the headlights.
    14 Oct 2013, 07:09 AM Reply Like
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