Ever wondered what a UAW contract looks like? Here is all 22 pounds of it (in this case, Fordâ€™s 2,215 page 2007 master contract; Coke can is for scale and because I was thirsty).
Iâ€™ll tell you this much, those 2,215 pages donâ€™t include much regarding efficiency and competitiveness. What youâ€™ll find are hundreds of rules, regulations, and letters of understanding that have hamstrung the auto companies for years.
One of my claims to distinction (certainly not fame) is I have read all 45 or so collective bargaining agreements between Colorado school districts and teachers unions. Without going back to look, my guess is you would have to stack all 45 agreements together to match the volume and weight of the UAW agreement pictured at Labor Pains.
The comparison somewhat reminds me of this SNL classic commercial parody.