The Newshour had two interesting reports. The first was a piece on the UAW strike. The second was a report on how the US Army is equipping American soldiers with the antiquated M16.
The UAW strike apparently is primarily about job security. GM wants greater ability to re-align its workforce to fit current market demands. The UAW wants to assure job security for its members.
The report on the M16 concluded that the primary reason our soldiers have antiquated equipment is that the people involved in procurement want things to stay as they are for job security.
The great machine of the industrial military complex is willing to send American soldiers onto the battlefield with antiquated equipment for the job security of the Government contractors and government employees sitting at comfortable desks.
When job security is elevated to an ideal it seems to lead to mediocrity.
I think the UAW is looking at the wrong issue during their strike. The UAW is looking at the job security of its specific current members. The UAW might do better if they broadened their perspective. Rather than looking at the job security of a specific group of people, they looked at the overall health of auto workers as a whole (both current and future auto workers) they might find that the ability of GM to realign its workforce in response to market demands will approve the quality of life of the autoworker as a whole.
Instead of approaching the job security issue with the demand: "we want this particular group of people to have good paying jobs for life;" The UAW could try approaching the question by saying, "We want x number of good paying union jobs to be in the United States." GM would then have the ability to open and shut plants as markets demand.
The great fault of unions is that they end up magnifying internal political dissent within a company. This political infighting ends up being to the long term detriment to both the employer and worker. Professional societies are at their best when the focus on the health of the health of their profession as a whole. They are at their worst when they end up with a favored group that tries to force an untenable demand on the market.
The demand that GM give the current crop of workers a job for life puts in jeopardy the ability of others to hold good paying GM jobs in the future. In this case we find the demand of job security of one group of autoworkers has the potential to harm American autoworkers as a whole.
Anyway, I found it interesting that the Newshour would follow a report on the UAW strike for job security with an interview that concluded that job security leads to mediocrity in military procurement.