Why There Will Never Be another Auto Assembly Plant Built in the United States

Mortgage and Lending with Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

There was a time that Unions were necessary.  I remember reading Upton Sinclair's, book "The Jungle" and thought about how horrendous America was to let workers operate in the conditions that were so prevalent in the days of the Chicago Stockyards. 

Flash forward to 2010.  The balance of power has switched so much that Chicago is on the verge of bankruptcy.  The Unions are killing conventioneering in Chicago.  Chicago used to be one of the top three convention centers in North America, but between Chicago having the highest retail tax in North America, and the Unions chokehold on the economic flow, it's nothing short of horrendous. 

Watch this 3 minute video!!!!! 


Listen to the last few sentences,

and you'll see why the big three are leaving the United States.

Ford wants to build one of these plants in the United States, but the U.A.W. won't allow this sort of integration.  Go figure.  Go bye, bye, U.A.W.  You won't allow it, so you miss 100% of the jobs that this plant would create.

Our American Auto Companies have figured it out and are right in their desire to move offshore.  There's no way that American Unions would allow this to happen in the United States.  So the Union reps will just have to bitch and moan about how there's no work.  It's their own fault and for whatever reasons, I can't believe that they can't see the forest through the trees. 

It's time for them to take a hard look inside and consider re-tooling unionization from the inside out.




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Joe Sosky
KW Commercial - Vancouver, WA
Commercial Real Estate Broker - (360) 816-9652

Its sad to see what has happened to jobs offered here in the U.S. because of the mispower of the unions.  Unions once served a noble purpose in assuring safety, health standards and a living wage. 

Jul 13, 2010 02:25 AM #1
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Joe....so true......but now, there very nature, means that they are shooting themselves in the foot.  They really can't complain when they're the perpetrators of job prevention.

Jul 13, 2010 03:20 AM #2
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Larry, I'm ignorant as to the UAW so have to ask....Why are they opposed to supplier-integration as described in the video?

Jul 13, 2010 03:27 AM #3
David Krichmar
www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending - Sugar Land, TX

wow.  Unions have also ruined Detroit and technically the whole car manufacturing industry.  Thanks Larry. 

Jul 13, 2010 03:59 AM #4
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Larry - but, we will probably have more auto plants built, they just won't be "American" cars. We just had a KIA plant opened up here in Georgia and I am sure that other foreign auto manufacturers will continue, if the economy ever recovers enough to make the U.S. a strong market again. I watched the video, very impressive and extremely forward and out of the box thinking.

Jul 13, 2010 10:10 AM #5
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When I was a kid Teamster thugs parked outside my house and harassed my family.  That's about the best thing  I can say about unions.

Jul 13, 2010 12:36 PM #6
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
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Congratulations this post is now featured in the Silent Majority Group of Active Rain.

Jul 13, 2010 01:36 PM #7
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

Mary Kay....a number of reasons.  First, they want full control of each site and project.  Sharing with others is not in their nature.  Secondly, they don't want others on a site who may work better or more efficiently than then.  Finally, if someone is working at a facility and those workers are not members of the UAW.....bad things happen. 

Jul 13, 2010 04:57 PM #8
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That is a very instructive 3 1/2 minutes on how union's crush economic activity in favor of, well, in favor of NOTHING!  They prefer nothing here to something there.  And who gets bitten in the meantime?

Jul 14, 2010 01:18 AM #9
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Thanks for the explanation, Larry.

Sounds like the UAW missed the memo that competition (and sharing) makes things better.

Jul 14, 2010 08:52 AM #10
Scott Truesdell
Southern Trust Realty - Lexington, KY

The UAW has destroyed the automotive industry to the same extent that the teachers' unions have destroyed the school system.



Jul 14, 2010 05:16 PM #11
Goodbye Active Rain
Out of Real Estate

Yet, they want us to keep consuming, when we do not produce anything.  This action cannot cannot be sustained.

Jul 15, 2010 03:46 AM #12
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I think there could be more plants built in the USA, but they will be in right-to-work states. I still believe the bad press that Toyota got relative to recalls was, at least partially due to the fact that many, if not all Toyotas are built by non-union labor.

We used to have a thriving steel industry in western PA. That industry is no longer in existence, mostly as a result of the labor unions.

The economy of the State of Michigan may never recover from the damage caused by out of control unions. The same situation also exists in California as well as other states.

Does anyone have data showing economic indicators by right-to-work states?

Jul 15, 2010 04:57 AM #13
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

There will be more plants built in the US, but they won't be union plants... and that means that until there is a reasonable balance in power between unions and management, the 'big three' won't be building the plants. 

To balance the power, give companies the ability to fire any worker that strikes.  If the work isn't worth doing for $x, they don't need to do it.  And companies wouldn't want to mass fire employees, because they are expensive to replace if they are skilled...

Jul 15, 2010 03:03 PM #14
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