The devil and his advocates


Good morning brothers and sisters, hero's of the
workers and retirees in this great world that we
live in.

As many of you know, when my mind gets to
working overtime, I like to share my thoughts
with you. I have held off wiriting on the American
Axle strike because I didn't want to provoke any
reader to anger with my thoughts. But, it's time
and I will share my thoughts with you.

The strikers (hero's) deserve our full support. We
must support our brothers on the picket lines and
provide financial support. They are the David that's
taking on the Goliath. That's why it's so hard for me
to present my thoughts to you.

I always try to analyze things things when the shoe
doesn't seem to fit. In this case I've become a bean counter
and tried to figure out what the GM/UAW IEB partnership
is up to. I hope that my thoughts are wrong, but I will
share them with you.

After the recently concluded contract sellouts of Delphi
and the Little 3, why would the sellout UAW IEB now decide
to take a stand against concessions? This raises a red
flag in my mind because it just doesn't fit their corporate
partners way of doing things. Why take a stand now? Has
the UAW IEB corporate partners had a change of heart?

I for one am convinced that this is not the case. After
trying to think like a corporate bean counter I will share
with you the conclusions that my mind came up with. First,
trucks and big suv's are not selling. Gas prices are going
up and and workers can't afford these vehicles let alone
driving them. There is a 50+ day supply of these vehicles
on dealers lots and it appears that there is no need to build
any more for a while to come.

As we all know, GM can end this strike at any time. They
are holding the reigns and will put a stop to it when it
benefits them. What are they gaining by this strike? First
of all, they're not building vehicles that they can't sell.
The American Axle workers are drawing a laughable strike
pay benefit. GM is shutting down plants because of lack
of parts. Those workers that are tier 1 workers will receive
unemployment comp. plus sub pay. GM doesn't have to
lay the workers off due to slow sales. They lay them off due
to the strike and the states involved pick up the tab for
unemployment.

GM saves a ton of money. When it's time, GM will let loose
of the reigns and the contract will be resloved. Will the
striking workers get what they're fighting for? I look at the
past UAW IEB sellout contracts and draw my own conclusions.
Is this another GM/UAW IEB partnership scheme to benefit the
company? These questions will be answered once a new
contract is reached. I hope that my thoughts are wrong
and that I'm just being paranoid. But again, the shoe just
doesn't seem to fit.

In Solidarity,
John Goschka
Local 699 Retiree