Soon after the recent government auto bailout there was some uproar about GM investing more than $500 million to build a new plant in Mexico. I heard things like “Un-American” and “a slap in the face of the US taxpayer”…until I started thinking about it. In my opinion, there will never be another factory built in the US by an American auto manufacturer. No, it’s not just because of the cheap labor other countries have, it’s mostly because of the UAW.
Even cars you would think are American – the Dodge Challenger, for example, aren’t made here. The V-8 Hemi, the epitome of American muscle car power…made at a Chrylser plant in Mexico. Then the Mexican engines are shipped to Canada where the cars are built. Then it’s marketed to you as an American classic reborn.
I’m not calling for the end of the UAW. Unions helped make this country great. However, the United Auto Workers Union is just overstepping its bounds. Not only is it ‘protecting’ the workers, they are dictating how factories are to be run. I don’t blame the Big Three one bit for not investing in US factories anymore. Most foreign auto companies have, or are building, major plants in this country. Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes Benz, all have factories here. VW just opened one in Tennesee. All of these factories are flourishing, and why? Because they aren’t under the thumb of the UAW. A new American factory going up against any of these foreign ones is like getting into a boxing ring with Mike Tyson with one hand tied behind your back.
It’s time to empower our auto manufacturers again. Americans make good vehicles – if we didn’t, all those foreign companies wouldn’t invest billions in building factories here. The UAW says it’s protecting American workers, but they’re doing the exact opposite. How can you work at an auto plant if there’s no plant to work in? It’s time for this to stop. It’s time for American workers to build American cars in American plants again.
I’ve included a short video explaining my point. We could have factories like this one in our country if it wasn’t for the UAW. The most important point comes just after the 3:00 mark.