"I'm angry as hell. I'm not angry at my union, they've done an incredible job. I'm angry at a government. A government that has used a heavy hand -- Mr. Clement and Mr. Bryant, the provincial government as well -- to force workers to give up things that they've worked hard and gained over the years," he told CTV's Question Period."
So I have to ask Buzz, why are you angry at the two levels of government, whose taxpayer dollars supplied to GM and Chrysler are the only thing preventing a liquidation of the two companies? In fact Buzz, as a recent retiree, you should be ecstatic that government loans are being provided to prevent a liquidation that might very well have cost you some if not all of your pension and benefits. Do the cuts hurt? Absolutely, but in the big picture they were necessary. The fact that workers and retirees are able to maintain their current level of wages and pension benefits should be considered a huge win.
What this means for Canadian workers, as well as all Canadian's who prosper from a strong auto-sector, is the fact we have maintained an advantage that should encourage investment by all auomotive manufacturers. Windsor remains the sole-source builder of Chrysler mini-vans, and Brampton is on tap to build the new 300, Charger, Challenger, and 200C. This supplies a good wage for the workers, tax revenue for all levels of governments, and will allow the communities of Brampton and Windsor to prosper, anything from coffee shops to car dealerships. This also saves thousands of jobs in the Canadian parts sector, many of those jobs being performed by fellow CAW members..
So here is a freindly suggestion Buzz. Enjoy that pension you have earned. Spend time with family and friends. Do the things you enjoy doing but never had the time to do as head of the CAW. Drop into the plants every now and then to say hello to former co-workers. Stay away from the cameras. In other words, start acting retired.