United Auto Workers to fight salary cuts required by auto industry bailout

As a condition of the bailout of US auto makers, the US government is requiring that the pay of auto workers at GM, Ford, and Chrysler be reduced to the levels at the US divisions of Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. The Unions are opposed to this measure. I know the solution to this problem, but nobody else seems to be mentioning it; the big 3 executives stated publicly, at one point, when begging for assistance, that they would each work for $1 a year. If we hold them to that promise, and take the millions of dollars that they would each be giving up and redistribute it evenly amongst the workers, this would compensate for any reductions in salaries. Problem solved. But I doubt that such a thing will actually be considered by the rich, powerful, greedy,  and conveniently forgetful CEOs.

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I am a logical, open-minded, liberal, progressive, radical, green, independent individual living in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, amongst apparently brainwashed conservative southern Baptist Republican zombies. I'm tired of the lies of the government and their media mouthpieces and their corporate masters. I'm tired of the cheating and the stealing and the killing. I'm ready for the future. But the only way we are going to fix things is to all band together and say NO MORE! We have to start punishing the rich white collar criminals as harshly as the poor black blue-collar criminals, if not more so. And I'm tired of cults (AKA religions). They are dangerous, divisive, and delusional. We should evolve past religions towards a global humanitarian ethics. We should move away from a new world order and get back to city states with local democracy, power, food, and water.

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