posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 02:32 PM
reply to post by ExPatRat
What happened to Detroit?
Saying this often ruffles a lot of feathers but...
Up until roughly the late 1960s, the US auto industry ruled this land. Nearly every American who owned a car, owned an American-made car. As such,
there was very little external competition and the unions and auto makers ruled the landscape.
Things changed... and it came home when OPEC embargoed the US during the 1970s. The US auto industry was caught unprepared as gas prices skyrocketed
and imports... mainly from Japan, began to out-class GM, Ford and Chrysler. Brands like Toyota, Datsun (Nissan) and Honda began showing up next to
brands like the VW Beetle.
Over the years and decades that followed, Detroit could not keep pace with quality and gas mileage because the UAW was unyielding, refusing to
recognize the change of reality that faced the US car industry. The money the domestic industry needed to upgrade design and tooling, was not reached
until the late 1980s and by then, it was too late.
From that point, the Big Three and the UAW were already on a dead-end road.
Today's situation is that brands from overseas build their vehicles here in the US in right-to-work states... where unionized closed shops are not
required... while Detroit, still locked in to an archaic conundrum, is dangling on its last breath.
There's nothing at all wrong with organized labor. The problem is when that organization becomes entirely disorganized in relation to the reality of