The obvious

IIRC, didn’t we bail these people out to keep jobs in the U.S.? Or did I miss something?

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) — Ford Motor Co. is discussing adding as many as 10,000 jobs in the U.S. in negotiations with the United Auto Workers union on a new four-year contract, according to three people familiar with the talks.

The job-creation discussion is part of high-level negotiations between Ford and UAW President Bob King over wages, benefits, and employment gains in the new contract and is still subject to change, said the people, who asked not to be identified revealing internal deliberations. As many as 4,000 of those jobs may come from Ford shifting production of the Fusion midsize sedan to the U.S. from Mexico, one of the people said.

5 thoughts on “The obvious

  1. We didn’t bail out Ford, IIRC, because Ford saw the crisis coming and hoarded cash. We bailed out GM and Chrysler.

  2. Not that I support moving jobs out of the country (although this reads as if they may actually be moving jobs back).

  3. As noted, Ford was not part of the auto bail out. Moving 4000 jobs back into the USA from Mexico seems like a good thing to do? Adding another 6000 jobs is even better. The UAW seems to be getting its act together lately. They settled with GM last night and that contract looks pretty good for labor. Maybe nationalizing industries is the way to go in the future?

  4. As American labor has been crushed down and Asian countries have become more prosperous the Southern states in the USA are beginning to become the new low wage labor market in the world. See, they told you it would work out in the long run.


    Next Low-Wage Haven: USA
    Jane Slaughter
    | August 4, 2011

    Inside a General Motors plant in Lansing, Michigan. Within five years certain Southern U.S. states will be among the cheapest manufacturing locations in the developed world—and competitive with far-away China. Photo: Jim West

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    Jokes about the U.S. becoming “Europe’s Mexico” are commonplace, but now high-priced consultants are pushing the notion in all seriousness.

    They’re predicting that within five years certain Southern U.S. states will be among the cheapest manufacturing locations in the developed world—and competitive with China.

    For years advisers like the Boston Consulting Group got paid big bucks to tell their clients to produce in China. Now, they say, rising wages there, fueled by worker unrest, and low wages in Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina mean that soon it won’t be worth the hassle of locating overseas.

    Wages for China’s factory workers certainly aren’t going to rise to U.S. levels soon. BCG estimates they will be 17 percent of the projected U.S. manufacturing average—$26 an hour for wages and benefits—by 2015.

    But because American workers have higher productivity, and since rising fuel prices are making it even more expensive to ship goods half way around the world, costs in the two countries are converging fast.

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