I have my opinion on that as well, but the fact is they are and that is not changing for the ICE vehicles. However, that is apparently THE BIG issue regarding the current "big three" and UAW talks, as the E.V. portions (like Tesla as an example) are not. It will be interesting ("interesting" being an understatement of the year) to see how it shakes out for us now, and the future. It really is big stuff if one thinks about it.Wish ford would be non union like Toyota and Tesla.
I’m driving a 2004 F150 FX4 that I bought new, I liked that truck then & I still like it. The RR is the first vehicle in many years that has made me feel like you do & I know exactly what you mean when you say worst timing possible!!For me, this is just the worst timing possible as I've never wanted a vehicle more than I want this RR.
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United Auto Workers are at a standstill in negotiations with the Big Three automakers, and UPS has narrowly avoided a Teamsters strike, for now.
As negotiations between major unions and employers stall, a potential strike could have far-reaching consequences. To help you understand what is going on and what we expect to happen in the future, our highly-experienced Kiplinger Letter team will keep you abreast of the latest developments and forecasts YHere’s the latest.
Keep an eye on these labor disputes with big potential ramifications.
First, union United Auto Workers (UAW) is taking a more aggressive approach to contract negotiations with the Big Three automakers under President Shawn Fain than in previous years. Talks began earlier this month with the goal of reaching a deal before the current one with Ford, GM and Chrysler parent Stellantis expires in September.
Among the union’s demands: increasing wages, ending tiered structures for wages and benefits and reinstating annual cost-of-living adjustments for workers. More important is how the union aims to achieve them.
Under Fain, UAW, which represents 150,000 hourly workers at the Big Three automakers, has refused to name a single automaker on which to initially focus negotiations. Instead, the union has hinted at taking on Ford, GM and Stellantis simultaneously. UAW also says it’s not afraid of a prolonged fight, with $825 million in its strike fund.
This is funny, because thats $5500 per. How long will that sustain the people they are extorting and claiming to represent? A month? Two?Under Fain, UAW, which represents 150,000 hourly workers at the Big Three automakers, has refused to name a single automaker on which to initially focus negotiations. Instead, the union has hinted at taking on Ford, GM and Stellantis simultaneously. UAW also says it’s not afraid of a prolonged fight, with $825 million in its strike fund.
Hate to burst your bubble, but it's more likely going to be the opposite. Robots are good for repeating a single, identical task over and over without error. When you introduce variety (i.e. customization) into the equation, humans are much better at performing the different operations that each configuration requires.Automation will be the future of vehicle production. Hopefully that could mean a greater level of customization possible from the factory since it is not relying on unskilled labor.