Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ever wonder why the U.S. auto industry seems to always be cutting back and cutting jobs?

Here's one possible answer.

General Motors pays Lillian Winkel, a 83-year-old great-great grandmother, $74,000 a year to clean floors and empty wastebaskets.
"At nonunion plants, somebody cleaning offices couldn't dream of making the $74,000 that Winkel earned last year. Including the pension and Social Security she also gets, she received $114,000."

$114,000!?!?!?! To sweep floors and empty trash bins?!?!?!?!

Winkel notes that she always works on her birthday because, "I don't know anybody else who's going to give me three hundred and some-odd dollars for my birthday. Thank God for General Motors."

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