DC Swamp, what also makes the move to put factories down south is that the labor is less, the cost of land is less, the cost of utilities is less, shipping vehicles out of the rail network and the far less utilized ports is easier. That is why (in part) there are far more plants built down south. Kia, BMW in South Carolina. Nissan moved their entire corporate US headquarters to Tennessee. Toyota builds in KY and TX.
Now, I own an F-150 Lightning. Overall a pretty darned good truck for my purposes. BUT as you’ve eluded to, it takes fewer people to build than its ICE counterpart because it has far fewer parts. No engine, transaxle, drivetrain, exhaust system, exhaust sensors, etc…The UAW, as a union, is concerned about this. As a UNION, rightfully so.
This is the flip side of the coin to a government mandated push to make everything EV. It’ll backfire big time in many ways, this is just one of them.
Dani: Easier for a union to organize is all well and good, but it has to be voted in to be recognized, and the people that work their have the option – by court decisions – to not be members. Once this happened, a lot of unions saw decreasing membership.
Havel: The Union E-Board puts their support behind the candidate, however the membership is a whole different issue. The UAW has been dealing with this for years.
When I was a member of the IAFF, the union would push out their support every election cycle – mostly to Democrats, but about half or more of the membership voted for Republicans.
Endorsements mean nothing, and a politician’s support for them means even less. Far fewer people are members of unions (for better or worse), and the bulk of union members are local, county, state, and federal employees.
fusilier: This changes nothing. Biden when to try to score political points. It’s what politicians do.
Sad thing is, that for a “leader” that protests about how bad we are making the environment, he took a 747, at least 2 C-17s, a 30-vehicle motorcade, and all the fossil fuels needed to do this.
He flew 2-3 hours from DC to Michigan to do this, then 2-3 hours back. All on the taxpayers dime. And yes, I hate it when any politician does this.
XF8U: Realize that electric vehicles have 40% fewer parts than their ICE counterparts. I own a F-150 Lightning. Its astonishing how many fewer parts there when it comes to the engine, transaxle, drivetrain, exhaust system.
He’s actually quite realistic. Even the UAW has said this is part of the issue.
It’s a fairly realistic cartoon. Electric vehicles have up to 40% fewer parts. That’s a lot fewer workers on the line needed.
And yes, build them down south. Bring the jobs to poorer communities, especially around Appalachia. Labor is less expensive, so is land. Electricity. Good business move.
Most of those auto factories have been built in the south for a few decades. Knoxville, Smyrna, they’re all in Texas, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee.