StlSluggers wrote:josebach wrote:Were their jobs for an American company? If so, why would they try to only buy American then? Logic seems flawed.
Yes, and it makes perfect sense if you look at it from their perspective. They think that they lost their jobs because their union bosses told them that people would rather buy cheaper, foreign products. They don't want others Americans to lose their jobs, so they buy American.
The flaw in their logic is in why they lost their jobs. They lost their jobs because their union leaders didn't offer enough incentives to keep their labor rates competitive with the foreign labor rates (plus shipping, of course).
But you can't explain that to them. They won't listen. They'd rather believe that this country is betraying itself.
I'll toss some blame on management being too stupid or lazy to think about a world where they aren't #1-3. They gave in to insane concepts like the jobs bank and massive pensions and benefits because it was the path of least resistance and viable at the time, all else equal.