Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

Did labor unions destroy Detroit?

My father told me that labor unions destroyed Detroit. just wondering but is that really true?

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  • logan
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    No, far from it. What destroyed Detroit...by the way, it's far from being destroyed...was the flight of it's population to the suburbs twenty-thirty years ago that still continues to this day. Low population equates to low property tax revenue to the city. Which leads to cuts in programs, cuts to schools, cuts to police and fire etc..which all leads to poverty and blight. There are many more reasons of course but that is one of the main ones.

    FYI, Detroit has a beautiful down town area. Ripe with cultural opportunities. The Opera House, several museums, several theaters where big names perform, festivals, the fireworks, the renewed waterfront not to mention the sports arenas and our teams etc. etc. The New Center area is attracting artists from around the world which is giving the area and the city a new robust outlook and attitude. We have big companies investing in the city. Dance companies from all around the world perform along with, as I stated, big names come into the city on a routine basis to perform at our venues.

    No, Detroit has not been destroyed...far from it.

    @miwa...the majority of auto workers live in the suburbs, not Detroit. You see, the unions created the middle class and the middle class does not live in the city. You obviously have no clue about the people who work in the industry. Don't go on as if you do, it only makes you look ignorant.

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  • 9 years ago

    Yes. And not partially, but by 100%.

    Even in the good old days, when American cars were better than competition, unions ensured, the auto-workers were paid very well, despite fairly low skill-requirements and regardless of any talent, dedication, or personal industry.

    This not only made it possible for underachievers to get (and hold onto) high-paying jobs (any wonder, half of Detroiters can not *read*?), it also chased all other employers, who could not compete with the automakers-offered salaries, out of town.

    So, when the automakers finally got into trouble, the city collapsed, because there are no other industries there...

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  • PoBoy
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Yes, partially. The union rules governing the Big 3 automakers were a disaster - unsustainable insanity.

    They paid the price - but, America paid it with them.

    BTW, management has to take some of the heat. Take the strike and break the union - don't cave in.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No, Japanese cars that were better than American cars did that. The cars were NOT designed by the union workers, but by high level executives.

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  • 9 years ago

    It's a common conservative myth. They think the world will end when someone gets a fair wage.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    YES

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