The Detroit News reports: GM jobs bank isn't a dead end after all. Sweet mercy, we gotta get a job doing nothing. Movie watchin', picnic eatin', shavin' body parts that we don't normally have time to get to—that kinda thing.
Like many of his co-workers, Jay Blevins wondered about life in the "jobs bank" after General Motors Corp. closed its Oklahoma City assembly plant last month.It continues:
"We're all on the same team," said Blevins, who used to install liftgates on SUVs at the Oklahoma City plant. "GM is trying to plug the holes on a sinking ship and I'll do what I can to help."Uh, not for nothing, Mr. B., but yer one of the holes. OK, we're picking on Mr. B., and it's not totally fair since he was assigned a job and is doing it just fine. (We made up the just fine part, but it makes the sentence all touchy-feely.) But this jobs bank thing is just one of the things we don't totally understand. We understand if a plant gets idled, the workers are still paid because they may be called back to work, but in the meantime how do they eat? What local business owner is going to hire and train an autoworker when that autoworker could be called back at any moment? But to have these people do nothing seems pretty outrageous. We don't blame the UAW for asking for a jobs bank. And we don't totally blame GM (and others) for granting it. But there really needs to be some sort of give and take here. The union and GM should find work for these people. Maybe GM should send these folks down to the Solstice manufacturing plant and pump out more of the single friggin' car that people want from GM. Sheesh!