Hard Labor

How is labor faring in the auto industry’s troubles?

The administration has taken an active role in the negotiations between creditors, management, and the unions. In Chrysler’s case, the union seems to be getting a bigger share of the company than the secured lenders. A win for Labor, right?

Well, in the short run, yes. But who’s gonna lend to industries with politically powerful unions, now? There are lots of industries-from newpapers to airlines to heavy machinery-that need capital to update their operations. When politics can preempt indenture agreements, investors will just stay home.

Union membership has been declining since 1954 until today, declining from 28% to a mere 7% of the non-government workforce. By penalizing investors in the few companies that support labor unions, that decline will only accelerate.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. –
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