Special lot at the America Motors plant in Kenosha WI.(AMC is Jeep, now owned by a German company like the rest of Chrysler, by the way) they used to have a close lot for AMC vehicles, all others had to park in the lots a distance away.
General Motors, GMAC and assorted names, Janesville WI the purchasing agent would look out his window that had a nice view of the visitors lot. If you drove up in something other than a GM car, you generally would get to cool your heels a little longer than a guy arriving in a Chevy.
Sign outside a bar in Beloit WI. (former home of a large JI Case tractor plant) "Any Foriegn Cars will be towed at the owners expense."
I always wondered if that included Dodge minivans made in Canada, or are all Jeeps and Chryslers, really German cars? Are Volkswagons made in Mexico foriegn enough or are VWs made in Pennsylvania American cars. How about Hondas made in the USA. Which is it.
The price of labor drove Allis Chalmers Tractor out of business. Continental Can closed. Of the 15 largest accounts that once opereated in Wisconsin for manufacturing three are left, (General Motors, American Motors, Harley Davidson) a few went to Southern states where they could get lower wage workers and tax breaks, (Briggs and Stratton, Tecumseh, Evinrude, Allen Bradley, Bolens...) the rest went out of business.
The last two furniture Mfgs in the state closed last year. The same is happening in the South.
Very simple logic. If the company can't afford the wages, they can move someplace that's cheaper in the US, leave the country, go out of business. If a company can't make a resonable profit, the investors will pull out and there will be No Job.
Personally I'd rather make 80% of something, than 100% of nothing.
I am all for union's that protect unsafe working conditions. All for unions that prevent worker from being taken advantage of in long hours for low pay. STopping sweat shops with child labor laws. I think unions have done much to make the company fair to workers needs and rights.
I didn't like being forced to join a union, which did nothing for me but take dues, but if I didn't I couldn't work and at some locations the other service people would walk out, if any non-union musicians were hired. (call it blackmail?)
Unions have also been responsible for closing business, or forcing them to move out of their area or leave the United States altogether.
Lets not be short sighted about simply how much into ones individual pocket, or what "the company" is forced to give to keep workers at their jobs and forget how it can hurt many other people along the way.
Best examples is where the company is sold to the workers and what happens to the way things are run after that. Suddenly it's different story being the one who pays the wages and owns the company.