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Monday, September 24, 2007

Breaking News: UAW Strikes GM Plant

At 11 a.m. today, the United Auto Workers walked out of plants across the nation in a general strike against General Motors. Here’s a statement from the UAW Website:
“We’re shocked and disappointed that General Motors has failed to recognize and appreciate what our membership has contributed during the past four years,” said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger. “Since 2003 our members have made extraordinary efforts every time the company came to us with a problem: the corporate restructuring, the attrition plan, the Delphi bankruptcy, the 2005 health care agreement. In every case, our members went the extra mile to find reasonable solutions.

“Throughout this time period," said Gettelfinger, "it has been the dedication of UAW members that has helped GM set new standards for safety, quality and productivity in their manufacturing facilities. And in this current round of bargaining, we did everything possible to negotiate a new contract, including an unprecedented agreement to stay at the bargaining table nine days past the expiration of the previous agreement.”

“This is our reward: a complete failure by GM to address the reasonable needs and concerns of our members,” said UAW Vice President Cal Rapson, director of the union's GM Department. “Instead, in 2007 company executives continued to award themselves bonuses while demanding that our members accept a reduced standard of living.
There will be picketing at the Fredericksburg GM plant. I’ll try to find out more tomorrow.

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The above comment was deleted because it was spam. It was a long diatribe utterly unrelated to the story.

Blogger has a pretty good word verification system so usually this stuff doesn't get through when it's an automatic robo-post.

Nevertheless, every once in a while something makes it into the comments that is pure spam. I suspect it's real live people putting it on as many blogs as they can.

The reason for the explanation is to let my readers know that I would never arbitrarily delete a comment. The only reason, other than spam, that I would remove a comment is if it was personally insulting to another commenter or was something so obviously untrue that it would make me liable for libel charges.

Other than ad-hominem attacks on others, pretty much anything else is allowed. I encourage a free exchange of ideas and spirited debate. I will delete anything libelous, obscene, or nasty. But usually I'll give the poster a warning the first time.