A professor at the University of Michigan-Flint says the decades-old prohibitions at union-owned properties like UAW Local 599 in Flint are outdated because car makers like General Motors and Ford are making parts and vehicles outside the country while companies like Toyota have increasingly built vehicles and parts made by union workers.
Bill Jordan, president of UAW Local 599 (see sign above from the Local 599 parking lot), says Professor Perry's discussion of the gray areas between foreign and domestic vehicles misses the union's larger point about what are often poor conditions for workers outside the U.S. "We have a real problem when people are trying to compete in a market where (in another country) if a worker dies, it doesn't matter. They just replace them tomorrow," Jordan said. "If they would raise their standard of living to match ours ... there would be no problem."
MP: Forget about Mexico, I'm just trying to figure out if Local 599 would really tow a union-made car built in Canada (like a Buick Lacrosse) or a UAW-built car in the U.S. (Toyota Corolla)? And speaking of Mexico, would they really tow a Cadillac Escalade EXT assembled in Mexico?
Hey, I'm all for private property rights and owner-determined rules for their property, I just want to understand the UAW parking lot rules: which cars will be towed and which ones won't?