Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
It wasn't the only factor. My father was an executive (regional sales manager) for one of the Big 3 and would often complain how much of the price of a new car went to pay labor. Back then (mid 70s) the average car (not a sub-compact, but average car) was less than $4500 and $500 of it went for just paying for health care benefits for UAW workers.

No wonder the Japanese had so little trouble making such massive inroads into the market so rapidly.
My Dad was a Ford Exec in Ohio, and he often pointed out that the benefits package for each worker was so much that it was cheaper to pay two shifts 11 hours each, with all the required overtime, than it was to have three shifts working 8 hours.

During my short stint with the UAW, there were several times that I was paid triple time and a half to work on a Sunday, like during model year change-over, because that was part of the union contract. It was actually kinda fun, cause I objected to working on Sunday because I'd miss Church. My foreman said, "show up at 6 AM, work til time to go to Church, then come back when you're done - "on the clock". Not many people get paid 3.5 times pay to go to Church.