February 10, 2006

DESTROYING DEFINED BENEFITS:

Sen. Clinton supports UAW plan to help U.S. auto industry (JUSTIN HYDE, 2/08/06, Detroit FREE PRESS)

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, an early favorite among some Democrats for their 2008 presidential nomination, told the United Auto Workers on Wednesday that she backed their efforts to launch a Marshall Plan for the U.S. auto industry.

Under the proposal the UAW has been touting to lawmakers this week, the federal government would offer incentives for investments by automakers in fuel-efficient technologies such as hybrid vehicles that were tied to help for the automakers’ retiree medical benefits.

Clinton said some in Washington had a “fatalistic” view that job losses and benefit cuts were inevitable in the U.S. auto industry, and that without action “we could see the unraveling of the American auto manufacturing sector.”

“The manufacturers and the UAW have called for a Marshall Plan. Let’s marshal our forces and get it done,” said Clinton. “This is truly about the future of America.”


It's a golden opportunity for the GOP to "help" the unions in exchange for scrapping all current benefits and putting all current and future workers into HSAs and 401ks.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2006 9:48 AM
Comments

The problem is the unions and the management who collaborated in their suicide pact.

Non-union plants are quite healthy and competitive: Honda, Nissan, and Toyota are building plants like dandelions in the South. They pay their workers a premium to agree to remain non-union. The workers get HSA/401K/etc just fine without Hillary's help.

From Employmentblawg: Since Toyota opened the plant in 1985, union organizers have targeted it several times. To date, the UAW has not been able to win representation at any of the foreign-owned auto plants in the United States despite repeated attempts at Nissan's plant in Tennessee, Honda's plants in Ohio and Toyota's Kentucky plant. . .

Posted by: Gideon at February 10, 2006 10:46 AM

The missus making an early play for the northern Ohio Reagan Democrat households in 2008, as she searches for John Kerry's 50,000 missing voters in Ohio that would have parked his swift boat in the White House.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2006 11:34 AM

someone should get a pic of the vehicle lady mcbeth owns because i am guessing it aint a chevy.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 11:37 AM

The manufacturers and the UAW have called for a Marshall Plan. Lets marshal our forces and get it done,

Whoever came up with that sound-bite needs shooting.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at February 10, 2006 12:24 PM

Lower corporate taxes, let's help all of US. manditory HSA to boot.

Shades of Chrysler.

Haven't we been here before?

No one helped International Harvester when it laid off 70K of its 110K workforce.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 10, 2006 1:27 PM

We can open up ANWR - isn't that supposed to create between 25-75K union jobs?

Posted by: Sandy P at February 10, 2006 1:28 PM

by definition, a union isn't concerned with maximizing employment.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 2:00 PM

Democrats should defend American automobile manufacturers and workers and buggy whip manufacturers and workers too. It's a good 30s concept.

Posted by: ed at February 10, 2006 2:45 PM

toe:

Dues.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 10, 2006 2:46 PM

they want to maximize membership, sure. but not overall employment.

Posted by: toe at February 10, 2006 3:21 PM

This sounds like another tin-ear move by Hillary as I believe most people consider the auto companies bloated and inefficient and don't want another bailout.

Then again John's notion above (looking for union votes) makes the most sense.

Posted by: AWW at February 10, 2006 8:48 PM
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