Autoworkers worry what an electric future may bring

Because of how common the refrigerators became, our milkman disappeared. Ever since direct dialing came to be, switchboard operators were nowhere to be seen. Now when it comes to the car industry, auto workers are worried about how the engine assembler will lead to battery builders.

What fears them is the thought that plug-in cars (which have a lesser number of parts and need lesser manpower to be built) will endanger the auto jobs that aided in triggering the very first United Auto Workers strike opposite General Motors in more than ten years. Fiat Chrysler and Ford are planning to launch their battery-run models in the approaching years. Consequently, the companies could be landing the same fate if they are unable to counter UAW’s worries regarding how this wide-scale embracing of EVs may threaten the employment of some 35,000 members of the union.

The president of the UAW local which represents the employees at a Fiat Chrysler transmission components plant situated near Toledo, Ohio, Tim Walbolt stated how it is possible that their jobs may be gone now that they won’t be needed anymore. He added that the idea is frightening.

The time of EVs is still very much in its early stages. Zero-emission autos have only reached 2% of international manufacture.

According to research of EV manufacturing in Europe by AlixPartners, it was observed how it required 40% lesser number of hours to put together an electric motor and battery, relative to the conventional internal-combustion engine and transmission.

The head of AlixPartners’ automotive practice, Mark Wakefield said how, from the labor’s perspective, this was a bad news story, since there would be a fewer requirement of people.