Defeating The Soviets

Soviet is the Russian word for a labor union or workers’ local councilwhere the workers are in actual control of company as opposed to just using collective bargaining to protect their interests. On December 1th, 2008, the largest, most powerful, and most destructive to America soviet in the US was handed a bitter defeat.

The US Senate – or at least the Republicans still holding the line within it – defeated the soviets in a quiet but brilliant move. Led by U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, they successfully blocked the Auto Bailout by adding an amendment to the bill that called for more concessions from the United Auto Workers (UAW) union than had been previously asked for by the Democrats who originally crafted the bill.

The amended bill recieved bipartisan support in the US Senate and would have passed into law, but the UAW refused to abide by this new, fairer bill that included the “Corker Amendment” and removed themselves from the negotiation table. I find no surprises there.

The unamended, staunchly pro-Labor bill failed in the Senate 52-35.

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) has claimed that he won’t bring this issue up again until the next Congress convenes. This means that there is little chance for an Auto Bailout before the “Big Three” – or “Big Two,” since Ford “Miraculously” came up with enough funds for 2009 – file for bankruptcy, which may allow them to renegotiate or repudiate their lopsided contracts with the UAW soviet.

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4 Responses to “Defeating The Soviets”

  1. What Will The Left Say? | Reflections From a Murky Pond Says:

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  2. Greg Bacon Says:

    Yes, let’s teach those “uppity” UAW members a thing or two.

    Let’s beat them down till they are willing to compete in the global market of wages, like China and the prison and child laborers they put on the assembly lines.

    Why, if the UAW is ready to talk sensibly, they can make, 20, no, 30 cents an hour.

    Just think what they can make on OT!!!

    Wow, what a panacea for Wall Street!!!

    Just think of those Street bonuses after we’ve castrated the UAW!!!

  3. jonolan Says:

    Hello, Greg,

    It’ obvious that you’re either staunchly, uncritically and blindly pro-Labor, you’re vehemently and equally blindly anti-Management, or an avowed Socialist – which would actual encompass and combine the the first two options.

    Tell me then – what should be done when both Management and Labor are to blame for the US automotive industry’s plight? Shouldn’t both share the immediate burden of restructuring?

    BTW: the “Corker Amendment” only called for wage cuts to be made immediate instead of being made in slightly under two years. The UAW refused to hear of it and left the negotiating table.

  4. Obama's Union Army | Reflections From a Murky Pond Says:

    […] I suppose that it should come as no surprise that President Obama’s Stimulus Plan, the first of his attempts at a new Reconstruction of America would utilize the Union Army to further his agenda. Of course, this time it won’t be the Blue Bellies and it’s not just the South being ground under a POTUS’ jackboots.  Obama’s Union Army is made up of the federally subsidized labor Unions – aka Soviets. […]

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