The time for unions is long past

I wholeheartedly agree with your position that the United Auto Workers cannot continue its business-as-usual approach to negotiations if General Motors and Chrysler are to survive ("An imperfect union," Feb. 20).

Over the past decade, every other industry in the country but the auto industry has come to the conclusion that business as usual is the fastest road to oblivion. That industry, thanks in large part to the UAW's entrenched opposition to new ideas, has been either unable or unwilling to change with the times. As a result, all three American automakers are on the verge of toppling into the abyss. When GM and Chrysler fail, the UAW will have to carry the lion's share of the responsibility for their failure.

The time for unions in the United States is long past. The only thing unions in this country accomplish is to drive up labor costs, thereby driving manufacturing to countries where the cost of doing business is significantly lower.

It is said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way one has always done it and expecting a different result. The UAW must therefore either be insane or assume that the rest of us are if it thinks it can do the same thing it's always done in this negotiation with GM and expect things to stay the same.

The UAW is driving the American automotive business out of business. How is that going to benefit its members or the American people?

Daniel Moore

Grovetown

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