Sunday, February 18, 2007

How to Write Anti-Union

A boiler plate:

Wage deal could end Harley strike

*Make sure you don't mention that the workers were locked out, stress the word STRIKE

The strike is the first at the firm in 16 years
Iconic motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has reached an outline agreement to end a two-week strike at its largest US factory.
Harley gave no details of its offer to workers but said it expected staff to vote on proposals in the next few days.

About 2,800 workers at Harley's plant in York, Pennsylvania downed tools on 2 February in protest at proposed changes to salary and benefits conditions.

*They "downed tools" to " resist cuts. Make sure you use words like change because as we know, change is inevitable and good and resistance to such backward and conservative.

Although its profits are rising, Harley is worried about long-term prospects.

Cost burden

It is concerned that the burden of rising pension and healthcare costs could erode its competitiveness in the same way as it has affected the leading US car companies.

*Pensions are a burden you know? Actually Harley has very few competitors in US made icons that sound like old airplanes and use archaic technology. It's a brand in of itself sold as a symbol of individualism and nationalism.

Analysts believe the strike has cost Harley up to $11m (£5.6m) a day in lost sales, while also hurting the company's many suppliers.

*Use words like "hurt and loss."

Unions representing the striking workers confirmed that a tentative agreement had been reached and that picketing at the plant was expected to stop this weekend.

The strike was triggered by workers' decision to reject a three-year pay and benefits deal, which union officials said created a 'two-tier' system of remuneration.

*Raise the question of unreasonableness or doubt when refering to any position uttered by union members, leardership or staff by alluding to their position on proposals such as "two tier systems." Is this at all in doubt?

The walkout has dented shipments of models such as the Touring and Softail which are made at the factory.

*Constantly remind the reader of the terrible hardship endured by well off/overweight/balding/middle-aged men everywhere.

1 comment:

OscarTate said...

"Cost burden" is a wonderful term -- human beings, one would assume, would be the folks burdened with costs, but it seems that only corporations, and by extension, their stockholders (often themselves two or three more institutions removed from actual human beings) suffer the "burdens" of costs.
And how cold can you get? The "burden" is the cost of pensions and health care? Why not use the word "responsibilities?"
As in: Harley management, imitating other corporations, is looking to relieve itself of its responsibilities to provide a secure and healthy future to those who have produced their wealth.

And the lie about national competitivness and the "burdens" of health care costs is revealed by a mere quick check of how many major corporations are financing the campaigns of politicians calling for socialized medicine. The attempts to eliminate health benefits are chalked up to some "force" called competition, yet the obvious solution to the problem is rejected out of hand. I suspect it is because of a deep-seated ideological prediliction against doing anything that will ease the suffering and therefore increase the bargaining power of workers.