I was listening to a BBC talk show this evening and they broadcast something that I hadn’t heard from domestic news sources: the voice of an actual autoworker. He said “I worked for Chrysler for 10 years and I never got laid off until now.” He described how his union contract required Chrysler to pay him for 36 hours per week indefinitely even if he never went back to work. “Now I’m worried that they’ll run out of cash and stop paying me,” he plaintively concluded.
One wonders why we don’t hear from too many actual autoworkers. We hear from the union, various politicians, the managers of the Detroit automakers, but almost never the workers whose jobs are supposedly the focus of any bailout.