Wednesday, August 31, 2011

US Labor Secretary buys a car she THINKS is made with American workers and parts. AWKWARD!

The US Labor Secretary buys General Motors car, made in Canada by Canadian workers, in order to support American workers. You read that right.  A cabinet official did not know, or ask, or care if the car she purchased was AT LEAST assembled in the US by actual US workers that her Department is supposed to represent.
See the chart below to see a list of cars she could have bought that, while they have a foreign nameplate, were assembled AND made with American labor and a high content of American-made parts.  Full disclosure: I own a Toyota Camry (No 1 on the list)---I support American workers!!!
Source: Carpe Diem: "What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we're for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well."

One problem: The Chevy Equinox is not built by American workers, because it's not American-made. It's built by foreign workers, in a foreign country: Canada. If Secretary Solis wanted to buy the "most American-made possible" to show her support of American workers, she should have considered the two most "American-made cars" available in America today: the Toyota Camry or the Honda Accord (according to

The Labor Secretary could have also considered one of the other top 10 "American-made" cars like the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, or the Toyota Tundra. But we all know why that won't ever happen - those cars are mostly built in "right-to-work" states by non-union American workers. And so for political purposes to maintain union support, it's more important for the U.S. Labor Secretary to support union workers in a foreign country than to support non-union workers in America. That just politics as usual in Washington. Better to support Canadian Auto Workers north of the border than support non-union workers in Texas or Alabama.

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