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    Opinions on the GM/Chrysler merger?

    The past few years have been tough on the US auto industry and a lot of auto workers have already lost thier jobs or thier pensions. The new merger doesn't promise a brighter future at all. Workers in the towns near where I grew up have already been informed that they are going to lose thier jobs- this is concern worthy since we're speaking of towns that were completely built around the auto industry. This merger will make the already bad local economies even worse.

    I'd like to hear what other people have to say on this issue as well though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffster View Post
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    On a more content-related note:
    Is there any chance of the towns taht were auto-focused turning into electric-auto focused? Or is that too separate from the traditional auto industry? I remember hearing a half-decade ago that the atuo industry would take a hit becuase it wasn't forward-thinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    I'm sure your employers are thrilled that they hired such a deeply thoughtful and intelligent employee.

    On a more content-related note:
    Is there any chance of the towns taht were auto-focused turning into electric-auto focused? Or is that too separate from the traditional auto industry? I remember hearing a half-decade ago that the atuo industry would take a hit becuase it wasn't forward-thinking.
    Seems like the companies (Toyota, Honda..) that are working on electric and hybrid technology the most and are already dominating the hybrid market aren't based in America.

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    This is how it's supposed to work. GM and Chrysler have failed to meet consumer demand, so they've become unprofitable. It's too bad for the employees, but that's life and a good example of unions costing people jobs. Instead of being able to reduce wages, which is what should be happening, the Big Three have to layoff thousands. Unions are killing the golden goose.

    At least now these employees should be moving to a more profitable sector of the economy. What would be nice is if the government would make it easier for new auto companies to start up. Unfortunately, unions and suffocating regulations make it so expensive that no American companies will ever be able to challenge the Big Three (or Two), domestically. If this trend continues, we'll eventually have no American automakers.

    People complain about manufacturing jobs going out of the country, but look at what we do to the ones that stay. We rape them. If we want manufacturing jobs to stay in the US, we have to make it viable, economically. And higher tariffs are not the solution.
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    Honestly, with unions being such a large part of manufacturing jobs, there's no way that I would keep that job in this country. But I admit my bias; I hate unions. IME, they exist to protect the guy who has worked there the longest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Seems like the companies (Toyota, Honda..) that are working on electric and hybrid technology the most and are already dominating the hybrid market aren't based in America.
    A lot of those cars are built here, though. Our Big Three have major, major structural problems that have nothing to do with how many hybrid/electric/FlexFuel cars they have. Also, GM is one of the world leaders in electric car technology. Fully electric cars aren't very popular yet, but new high-performance ones are starting to sell to the very wealthy end of environmentally conscious consumers.
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    Opinions on the GM/Chrysler merger?
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    Won't happen without funding, and since the Feds said no.... who will?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enyo View Post
    Honestly, with unions being such a large part of manufacturing jobs, there's no way that I would keep that job in this country. But I admit my bias; I hate unions. IME, they exist to protect the guy who has worked there the longest.
    It's only gonna get worse under a new administration. I wonder how the automotive industry will cope with the expansion of worker unions even farther beyond what it is already.

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