A Plant Manager at the Ford River Rouge plant has decided that if you work there and drive a non Ford (or partner) vehicle, you can park in the company lot across the street and walk across to your job. The article linked above says that this is only at that one Ford plant and not a company directive, but that Ford Corporate supports the decision, as does the UAW.
The Rouge was the largest facility of it's kind anywhere in the world, built in the 20's and still in operation today.
They build Ford F-150 trucks there.
And if you work here, you should drive a Ford (or partner vehicle)
Hell, this seems like a no brainer to me. And actually I remember reading an article about a similar policy at a Chrysler plant last summer. What's the hardship here??
One Ford worker and UAW member who didn't want to be identified, said he drives a Chrysler vehicle, because he gets a better deal on them. I don't buy that excuse and can't understand the rational of this type of worker. Especially now, with plant closings on the horizon, how could any Employee, especially a UAW member not support the company they work for and in turn their own job. And to the ones who say "they can't tell me what to drive!" You're right, they can't tell you what to drive, it's a free country, but they can tell you that you don't work there anymore.
I think part of the criteria for laying off union workers should be what they drive, not just seniority. If you don't have the enlightened self interest to support your own company and union, you don't deserve the job, simple as that. If you want to drive a Toyota or Honda, go work there.
I've often harrased employees of mine that drive Japanese trucks, because we are a Union shop. How dare they drive a vehicle that is not Union built? It's like a Butcher who doesn't eat meat or a producer who doesn't watch TV, because he feels it's trash. If you don't support your industry, and in the case of UAW workers your Union, then don't work there.
In this case, all they have to do is walk across the street. If it was up to me, they could keep on walking.