Going into Labor Not to Be Taken Lightly

December 15, 2008
UAW contract

UAW contract

It's around this time of year that many of us start feeling a little cramped. When we journey into the attic to drag out those holiday ornaments, we realize just how much junk we've got in our lives--high school yearbooks, useless hard drives, photo albums (remember those?), and so on. In fact, as soon as I finish typing this, I'm on my way to Goodwill with half a dozen garbage bags full of old clothes. Um, people still wear Cosby sweaters, right?

However, there is one group of folks who aren't swayed by the mantra of "Simplify, simplify, simplify": the United Auto Workers. As proof, take a look at their Ford contract for 2007. Go on, we'll wait....

Did you see that? It's 22 pounds, folks. Twenty-two pounds worth of legalese. Twenty-two pounds worth of mumbo-jumbo. Maybe it's just me, but that seems like a problem.

Now, I'm not here to judge, and I'm certainly not here to argue against the Little Man getting a fair wage from Big Business. But do automakers really need to sign off on the content of bulletin boards (volume 1, page 138)? Maybe both sides would fare a little better with smaller contracts and smaller legal departments....--Richard Read


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