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September 19, 2023
Watch: UAW union demands more pay, but Americans will be the ones who REALLY pay
The auto workers' strike entered its fifth day amid a threat by the United Auto Workers (UAW) that the labor protest could soon escalate to more plants if no serious progress was made in talks with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler-parent Stellantis.
Today’s show dove right into the true cost of the strike, the American taxpayer.
The UAW walked off the job Friday after it failed to reach agreements on a new contract with the three major car makers, claiming they deserve a pay raise of 46% pay increase. Ford and GM are offering 20 percent, and Stellantis is offering 17.5 percent.
They also want a 32-hour work week, but be paid for 40 hours. And an increase in their retirement benefits.
This is the first time in history that a nationwide UAW strike is called simultaneously at General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis.
“The demands that they are making are going to be catastrophic to the consumer,” Steven said.
According to one New Jersey Ford dealership, if the strike continues for just two weeks, prices are going to be hiked up by 20 percent.
"What you can't have is supporting this working class hero at the cost of people who aren't afforded the luxury of working 32 hour work weeks in a union, and never ending taxpayer bailouts,” Steven said.
If the union gets its way, they will lose to foreign rivals. The total labor cost would go up to $150 per hour, which is more than double.
Because the federal government wants to mandate that 60 percent of all new vehicles sold be electric by 2030, Stellantis has said the company needs to cut workers' pension and health care costs in order to meet those demands.
The government is demanding something that the company can’t afford and the burden will most likely fall on the taxpayer to bail them out.
The government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler between 2008 and 2009 cost taxpayers billions of dollars because the UAW was given special treatment.
“The strike is not about the workers, it is about your bailout funds,” Steven said. He added, "If you want to look at big money in politics, look at unions.”
UAW's political spending gave over 96 percent to democrats.
"If you are in the union, you have no say in the matter and they take your money. You think that 97 percent of people in Michigan, Ohio, or at these plants voted for Joe Biden? Of course not. That is basically coercion,” Steven said.
The union exists due to never ending taxpayer bailouts by American taxpayers.
"The UAW serves to protect losers just like the teachers unions serve to protect bad teachers,” Steven said.