I see not one single person has brought up the factor of it being their UAW Contract time with Ford, and an alleged/threatened "move" to Mexico is ALL that Ford has right now to hold over their heads. It's mostly theater; Michigan is building EXCELLENT product in high demand, priced to go head-to-head with 'Yota and the Volt BS isn't even close to it in any fashion.
How is it mostly "theater" when the lay offs have begun, and the announcement about moving the production has been made? Here is a copy of another link in the original post about the plant moving. It doesn't appear to be "theater" or a "this too shall pass" type of deal to me when I read through the list and see some of the planned or on going loss of AMERICAN and CANADIAN jobs.
I don't really care if the auto manufacturing jobs lost are UAW workers or not, they are American and Canadian jobs LOST! No job loss is good for either country.
Key Mexican automotive investments:
- General Motors is investing $5 billion and adding 5,600 jobs from 2013 to 2018 with manufacturing hubs in Toluca, Ramos Arizpe, Silao and San Luis Potosi.
- Ford is spending $2.5 billion on new engine and transmission plants in Chihuahua and Guanajuato, in central Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. Canada bid for the engine contract and lost.
- Toyota is spending $1 billion on a plant in Guanajuato to build the Corolla starting in 2019, creating 2,000 new jobs. Mazda spent about $800 million on a new plant in Salamanca to make the Mazda3, Mazda2 and Scion iA for Toyota.
- Honda spent about $1.27 billion in Celaya to make the Fit and HR-V crossover as well as transmissions.
- Volkswagen plans a $1-billion expansion and 2,000 more jobs to add a three-row Tiguan compact crossover at the Puebla plant that makes the Golf and Jetta.
- Audi is spending $1.3 billion in the state of Puebla to make the Q5 crossover.
- Chrysler is expected to expand its current operations.
- BMW is investing $1 billion and adding 1,500 jobs in San Luis Potosi in 2019. Speculation is the plant will make the 3 Series.
- Kia is building a $1-billion plant in NuevoLeón, near Monterrey, that will employ 3,000 in 2016, making the Forte and Rio small cars.
- Hyundai is exploring building a plant in Mexico.
- Daimler and Nissan have a $1.4-billion joint plant in Aguascalientes to make Mercedes and Infiniti compact cars.
- Source: Free Press research
I worked in a GM plant for almost 15 years; this too shall pass, and when fuel prices go back to $5 a gallon the new & improved C-Max will probably be built in Michigan.
Our plant "lost" product to Mexico too, it wasn't the end of the world, but you can be damn sure that the next C-Max vehicles built in Michigan WILL be the best. In these American workers I do trust.
I know that it was "the end of the world" for many of those workers who lost their jobs to production moved out of the country. Perhaps you were lucky enough to be able to move to another plant because of seniority, or perhaps your particular job wasn't affected. But for those who did lose their jobs and had no other options, I know it was the end of the world for them in a way.