I don’t mean to rain on Michigan lately, so I won’t. I’ll just use this as an opportunity to hate on Unions. I’m fairly certain that they’re behind the whole minimum wage increase, and they’re largely to blame for the nation’s lousiest economy.
Michigan has been successful in getting foreign automakers to locate research-and-development facilities in the state. Toyota has a technical center near Ann Arbor with 700 employees. The facility is expected to add 400 jobs by 2008 as it moves to a new site, also near Ann Arbor. But those jobs are white-collar, nonunion jobs.
Right. Because the Unions prefer to keep many able-bodied workers unemployed in order to force their higher wages on their employers. Big Labor in Michigan is continually fighting to keep businesses out of the state – and especially out of the Metro-Detroit area.
Understandably, manufacturers would rather open up shop anywhere but where the Unions are strong.
“I think [foreign manufacturers] could probably get a very good labor agreement here that would allow them to control their costs, ensure productivity and eliminate their fears over flexibility,” Chiaravalli said.
Some experts, though, say Toyota will avoid the union issue altogether by moving to another state. Indiana is a leading candidate. Toyota already has a plant in Princeton, Ind., and plans to start making Camrys next year at a plant in Lafayette, Ind.
“I don’t know that Toyota wants any terms,” said Erich Merkle, an auto analyst with Grand Rapids-based IRN Inc. “They would rather just stay away from the whole issue completely.”
If Toyota does come to Michigan, it’s going to be outside of metro Detroit […] The western side of the state is attractive because the presence of unions and the Big Three isn’t as strong, he said.”
Terms are driving the Big Three into the ground. Toyota doesn’t want terms. Toyota doesn’t want to be strongarmed. They want to turn a profit, and employ a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, as such exists in Michigan, to assist them in that endeavor.
Further proof that Unions prefer to raise the wages for a few employees by putting others out of work, and lowering the standards of living for the masses.
Who’s looking out for the rest of them?