You can not blame the Unions for the problems of the Big Three. Being a former active member of the CAW I can not once recall when our Union held a gun to the bargaining crew from Ford and forced them to hand us what they did. Not once. In 28 years of being an active member I can only recall a couple of short strikes at contract time. So again we did not force the company to give us what we bargained for. You have to remember this fact. During the glory years of the Big Three they were making MILLIONS of profit every month. For 10 straight years the plant I worked at ran production for 96 hours a week. Every hour of production saw 66 Crown Vics or Grand Marquis roll off the line. Those cars made a huge profit for Ford Mo Co. The labor cost per vehicle at the time was well under $800/unit. So tell me, how can you blame the wages and benefits of the Union when Ford reaped millions of dollars in profit every week for 10 straight years? The Big Three failed to properly invest those profits and they also failed to design and build more fuel efficient vehicles. Ford bought too many other companies. They should have stuck to deigning and building their own products. Now they have figured out how the game is played. My Union recently gave concessions to Ford Canada. What did they get in return? A plant that will close sometime in 2011 throwing 1600 people out of work. Gee Thanks Ford Motor Company, we gave, and you just took away. I realize it is part of a business plant that Ford has. But it still hurts to see us bargain in good faith, open up our contract and then have Ford turn around and mothball a very productive plant. We gave Ford what they wanted, in return they close a plant. Fair bargaining? You do the math But those that blame the Unions are off base. I tend to think it might be a little jealousy that you being a non union worker are not earning the same money and do not have the same benefits that Union members do. You need to remember that Unions have also helped make working conditions better for non union workers. That is a well known fact. I actually discussed the problems of Toyota last night with another Amateur in CA. He told me he believes Toyota would have tried to keep this gas pedal problem undercover. If it had not been the fact that a member of the law enforcement and his family were killed in an accident while driving a Toyota. Plus the other accidents that involved the faulty gas pedals. You can not tell me that Toyota did not know about this problem long before it came out in the press. They sure as hell did, they tried to hide it. Millions of vehicles to be recalled. Damned if I can remember Ford having to recall MILLIONS of vehicles at one time. FORD FOREVER.