Newt Gingrich Blames UAW for Struggling US Auto Industry

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Former US House Speaker and REpublican party nominee Newt Gingrich recently touched on the auto industry at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa. At his first real test as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Gingrich responded to a question about jobs leaving the United States and targeted the United Auto Workers (UAW).

Gingrich praised the international automakers with nonunion plants such as BMW, Mercedes, Honda and Nissan, and then stated that “the real problem is the UAW. It’s a work-rules problem; it’s not an hourly cost problem,” he told a Rotary Club breakfast meeting. “You can’t have continuous improvement if you’re not allowed to constantly modify and improve.”

The UAW has yet to respond to Gingrich’s comments.

[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Kanner Kanner on Jan 02, 2012

    What an as"""" hole!

  • Ryan M. Ryan M. on Jan 03, 2012

    Honestly, Newt is right. Unions definitely served a purpose in forming OSHA and bringing a world class level of safety to the US workplace. Their contributions over the last 15 years have been more stifling than anything else. I'm sure if you object, you with a fine bunch of people in a union...but I'd be willing to bet the farm that the business would grow faster without a union. UAW now strong arms the car makers into imperceivably thin growth. Unions had their place, and now the work place has lept beyond their usefulness. OSHA and federal regulations are in place and aren't going anywhere, even if the unions magically disbanded. Ask yourself...if you took your savings and opened a small business, hired staff, and the workers could strong arm you into (perhaps deserving or undeserving) higher wages and benefits, would you even bother growing...or if you knew that going in...would you even get in?