The most important issue confronting the nation and Kansas City right now is labor push back against corporate America as a recession looms.
To wit we have a few news items to preview this morning . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY POLITICOS PREPARE STATEMENTS IN SOLIDARITY WITH STRIKING WORKERS TODAY!!!
Mayor Q is on board along with a few other Council members, Jackson County politicos and quite a few local politicos who take a great deal of union money for their campaigns.
On the opposite side of the spectrum . . .
MEXICAN TKC READERS TELL US THAT GM PRODUCTION HAS RAMPED UP OVER THE PAST MONTH WITH MORE WORKERS HIRED ON OVER THE WEEKEND!!!
Ramos Arizpe Assembly in Coahuila, Mexico is making those hideous new Chevy Blazers at break-neck speed and won't be slowing down any time soon.
Reality Check: GM is an international company and the strike will hurt American workers but won't slow down production across the globe which, ironically, proves to be the more reliable profit center for the company.
Finally, A TOP ECHELON KC INSIDER shares this analysis that offers a glimpse at the future . . .
THE UAW STRIKE FORESHADOWS UPCOMING HARD TIMES FOR ALL AMERICAN WORKERS AS AUTOMATION, OUTSOURCING AND CORPORATE GREED THREATEN THE WORKING-CLASS!!!
Here's the word . . .
"It's easy to be a reactionary against unions but this strike might be the canary in the coalmine for the American economy. Sure, it's hard to feel sorry for people making $30-an-hour but their complaints about cutbacks, no raises and fewer benefits are common among all workers. UAW is simply joining the club of MOST AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND DESPITE THE PRESIDENT TRUMP BULL MARKET. So this strike is worth watching because workers across the nation will get a chance to see if there's any support for management to raise wages and benefits while their profits are rising."
Accordingly, here are some worthwhile links on the topic . . .
Desperate First Day
CLOSE FLINT - The wife of a General Motors employee posted on her private Facebook page Sunday, "Well, I can only pray this strike is short." Mary Jo Burchart of Lake Orion is one of tens of thousands of family members watching contract negotiations between the UAW and General Motors with caution and hope.
FAIRFAX ON STRIKE!!!
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. plan to go on strike just before midnight Sunday, but talks between the United Auto Workers and the automaker will resume.
Nationwide Labor Movement
The United Auto Workers went on a nationwide strike against General Motors on Sunday night after contract talks broke off Sunday. It is the first strike against GM in 12 years. Talks will resume Monday morning. Union officials say both sides are far apart in the talks, while GM says it has made significant offers.
USA Strike Revival
By CNN Business Published 6:28 AM ET, Mon September 16, 2019 Workers walk out: The United Auto Workers union went on strike against General Motors late Sunday. It's the biggest strike by any labor organization in the United States since 2007. GM, America's largest automaker, has 46,000 UAW members on its payroll.
Strike Costs GM Big Bucks
The strike, depending on its length, could easily cost GM hundreds of millions of dollars. The last time the union declared a strike at GM was in 2007. The two-day work stoppage was estimated to have cost the Detroit automaker more than $300 million a day.
Nationwide Strike Overview
Detroit - Some 46,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike early Monday, walking off General Motors factory floors and setting up picket lines as their midnight strike deadline came and went. Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S. as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses.
American Labor Renaissance!!!
The Teamsters won't be transporting General Motors vehicles during the United Auto Workers' strike. International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said on Sunday that its members will stand in solidarity with the UAW and honor its picket lines as the union begins a strike against GM at midnight.
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