Say what? Didn't GM just lose the price cuts that Delphi promised? Yes, but potentially far more important was the date that Delphi established as the new de facto cut-off for labor talks - January 20th. The previous date of December 16th didn't leave a whole lot of time before Christmas for a UAW strike, but there was a sweet spot coming up the next month. It's little secret that GM wants to use the North American International Auto Show as a way to shake off media criticism, and that a strike would certainly foil those plans. By pushing back Delphi's deadline for requesting that the labor agreement be dissolved, it's safe to say that the likelihood of this particular potential disaster has been avoided. Now the question that needs to be asked revolves around the chances of Delphi and the union using this time to their collective advantage so that a strike can be avoided all together.
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