TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding “A decade later, Janesville confronts life after GM,” Dec. 24: Unions complain that auto plant shutdowns have punched their members in the gut as vehicle buyers have ended their demand for cars by buying fuel-guzzling pickups and SUVs.
On three occasions during my career, unions have punched salaried and hourly nonunion employees in the gut with strikes that ended our employment through plant closures and movement to nonunion states or overseas.
I bought my last UAW-built vehicle in 1994, as I refuse to buy a vehicle built by union strikers that forced my wife and I to be geographically separated from our children and grandchildren since the late 1970s to the present.
It is difficult to have sympathy for unions which, through excessive pay and benefit demands and inefficient work rules, have forced employers to close plants to move to nonunion states or lower-cost global locations.
These past 30 years, nonunion global car builders have moved to the U.S. to build quality cars. We will continue to buy these nonunion U.S.-built cars to compensate for union-forced geographic separation from our children, grandchildren and great-grandkids.
JOSEPH J. NEFF, Indianapolis, The writer, who is retired, was chief engineer for Cummins and Peterbilt Motors and a vice president of transit bus builder Gillig Corp.
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