In The Driver's Seat: The Big Three vs. UAW

 

 
 
 

The United States has almost completed the transition back to a peace-time economy, clawing itself out of the Great Depression and launching a whole new middle class.  Automobile sales are at an all time high and the Big Three automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, are some of the biggest companies in the world.  Along with their rise has been that of the United Auto Workers, a union representing worker interests that have evolved alongside a changing American Dream.  But unwillingness by the Big Three to meet UAW demands has set the stage for a new showdown in labor relations.  Welcome to Detroit.  Welcome to the Motor City.  See you at the negotiation table.

Message from The Big Three:

Stockholders,

      Our commitment is to our product, our commitment is to America, and our commitment is to you.  We understand that that our commitment to you means a dedicated focus to growing our bottom lines.  We will not give in to the United Auto Workers' ungrateful demands.  Thanks to Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, they have left the Great Depression behind with stable jobs and a sense of self-respect.  We built this country into the Arsenal of Democracy, and we built this city into the core of that arsenal.  Worry not, with the knowledge that your interests, are our interests.

 

Sincerely,

Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler

Boards of Directors

 

Message from the UAW:

We've all pulled together, the war is over, and we're fighting again.  We must champion the blue collar worker and lead the way for every man to the middle class.  We rally around what is right, and will act as one.  Because that is what we do.  We are done permitting the Big Three fat cats to watch us fight our way through tough times, and if they can't find a way to help us then we will make one.  They will fight us, but the United Auto Workers can't be knocked out with one punch.  We get right back up again and when we do they are going to hear the roar of our engines.

Are you with us?

-United Auto Workers Union