Quote of the Day

Once again, we see the disgusting spectacle of people at the top taking care of themselves at the same time they are demanding extraordinary sacrifices from their hourly workers, engineers, administrative and support staff, mid-level managers and others,

– UAW President Ron Gettelfinger, as quoted in USA Today.

Delphi CEO Steve Miller speech

Delphi’s Steve Miller claims that Delphi Employees make 2-3 times what they should.

In a speech Wednesday, he said that hourly employees are being paid 3 times what the market for their services and that skilled trades are getting about twice what they should.

He also said that the recent bonuses given to top execs were to prevent them from leaving to go to other companies and that they were being paid less than their market value.

Apparently, Mr. Miller hasn’t tried to get a plumber or electrician to come to his home to work for $15 an hour lately. Continue Reading…

Live Bait & Ammo

Apparently, I’m not the only one seeing things this way. Gregg Shotwell, a Delphi employee in Coopersville, Mich writes in his web pages:

I ask the straw boss for a week off without pay. I have my reasons but suffice it to say like an outlaw on the run, I needed time more than money to get ahead.

But Delphi needs me too bad. Can you believe it? A certified slacker like me? “Gotta have them parts,” the straw boss said panting and stuttering like a junky chasing a fix.

Delphi needs a shot of Uncommon Sense, but the head dickheads appear immune to verbal inoculations. We may have to resort to old fashion strong arm persuasion like rolling strikes, wildcats, random epidemics, and work to rule disruptions at strategic locations.

Steve Miller, aka “The Hatchet”, told the press, that even if Delphi files for bankruptcy, they will not interrupt the flow of parts especially to GM.

No shit, they won’t interrupt the flow of parts to GM because GM runs the show. The Hatchet can blow smoke until the cows clean up after themselves before they come home. But in the end, Wagoner is his daddy, and daddy wants the parts on time.

Continue Reading…

Delphi drops the other shoe

Well, after months of threatening, Delphi finally announced it has filed for bankruptcy. It’s almost a relief.

Last week they released a long list of concessions, wage cuts, benefit reductions and give-backs and said that if the union didn’t agree to them what it would be offered by a bankruptcy judge might be even worse.

Well, the UAW must have rejected it out-of-hand, because before the ink was barely dry on the proposal, it was announced they had filed the bankruptcy papers. It seems like they had intended to do that all along. Continue Reading…

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