• Mar 29, 2008
When the American Axle strike began, GM had a 106-day supply of pickup trucks on dealer lots, and even a month-long strike likely wouldn't have hurt the Detroit automaker. It has now been more than a month, the strike isn't any closer to ending, and now GM's car plants are joining its truck plants in the unemployment line. Friday marked the last shift at the General's Hamtramck, MI plant, which builds the Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS, due to a lack of parts coming from American Axle. According to Automotive News the pain may not stop there, either, as the Lordstown, Ohio plant may have to shut down production of the Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 due to a lack of brake components. GM may not have been all that concerned about the American Axle strike when it began in February, but now after a month with barely any talks and a quickly growing list of shuttered plants, we're guessing things are getting a bit tight over at the Ren Cen.
[Source: Auto News (subs. req'd)]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Unions are dead. I went to buy a new H2 the other day, they cant get me one because of the strike."

      Quit whinning, they did you a favour! Then again, anyone who would seriously spend money on crap like that deserve all the trouble they can get.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As always, entertaining to read some posts on an "auto enthusiast" website. Im sure you can find a Prius website somewhere. I mean, really, I can afford it, I love the truck, it get same gas mileage as any other 4 door pickup, yet like all the other hypocrites, you dont post this crap in every pickup thread. You probably eat meat unaware all the cows do more damage to the environment then automobiles.

        Get a second job, go back to college and get your piece of the American dream instead of being bitter at those of us who busted our asses to get it.

        Oh, and I was a union employee, Teamsters Local 317 for 12 years before I got out of that socialist crap. Thats WHY I can afford an H2.

        "Quit whinning, they did you a favour! Then again, anyone who would seriously spend money on crap like that deserve all the trouble they can get. "
          • 6 Years Ago
          Why do you assume people dislike others driving a HUMMER because they can't afford one too? That may help you rationalize your decision but you have to understand that to a lot of people, driving a HUMMER says:

          - I don't care about how much I pollute the environment.
          - I don't care that I'm using more than my fair share of oil, which is a finite resource.
          - I don't care that 4000 Americans died in Iraq to secure that finite resource.
          - I don't care that much of the money I spend to fuel my vehicles goes to the middle east and other places unfriendly to the U.S.

          I'm not saying those are MY views but what I wrote above is the reality of the world today.
      • 6 Years Ago
      freaking whiners. there are plenty of people out there who would love those jobs...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cobalts and DTS's are actually selling well and GM has less then 60 day supplies of each. Somewhere around 45 day supplies are considered ideal. So the strike will present a problem if it keeps going.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With new car sales way down now this probably is not hurting GM much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM does not have to pay workers who are laid off due to a UAW strike. The Union assumes all pay and healthcare responsibilities. I give this strike another 30 days. You figure that GM already has over 100 days inventory, it might do it some good not have to build some slow selling units.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope you're right. Considering that consumer confidence is at the lowest level since 1977, the auto sales numbers for March we're going to see next week must be awful. So, I hope not wasting resources on production of those cars should do more good for GM than harm. UAW picked a wrong time for strike, suckers. Besides, as a Pontiac fan, I hope that idling production of G5 in its current incarnation will be permanent - that car is a disgrace to the brand.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has this strike helped GM in lowering its staggering inventory of pickup trucks? What is the latest days of pickups in GM's and dealer's inventory?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats what I thought, I am an asswipe and the H2 is a POS. You have no data to backup anything, only name calling. I go through this everytime Hummer is mentioned and to date, you guys can give me nothing but someone told you Hummers are evil for the environment (which was fed to you based on the now no longer made 8 MPG Hummer 1) and you just repeat it blindly ignoring the horrible gas mileage all other cars, trucks and SUV get that sell millions.

      By the way, I work at home and drive my vehicles very few miles, we drive our partial zero emissions Subaru Legacy whenever we can. I drive my motorcycle whenever the weather permits because it is fun and cheap. My wife works in the same town we live in and drives it about 8k miles a year. Were downsizing to a smaller house and more. So, next time you point fingers at someone over their vehicle choice, maybe you could ASK me about my lifestyle rather then ASSume. Thank you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You should go back to school and learn to spell and learn grammar
      • 6 Years Ago
      This wont last. Right or wrong, Government will step in if talks dont at least resume. All the economy needs now is for the automakers to go idle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, the Cobalt is a pretty descent car. Just because its not the segment leader doesn't make it bad.

        The UAW's reputation is getting worse and worse. Like teacher strikes this is morally wrong and the government needs to stop the union bs. I hear also that they want to renegotiate falls health benefits agreement with another expected strike this summer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who cares if there are less Cobalts, DTS's, Lucernes, and G5's? They should take this as an opportunity to trade in the resources these four models use for one decent sporty compact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to involve people and companies that are not directly involved or related to your strike about making more than the average office worker.

      Good job guys. Way to show that team spirit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm not sure what you guys are talking about,GM has turned the corner and they are now full speed ahead,of course you could not tell from all the recalls and problems they are having this soon in the year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how much it would cost GM to plant someone in the picket line who will completely discredit the strikers, and maybe even cause the government to crack down on the strikers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Furthermore; the Lordstown Plant and the Hamtramck Plant are already on the list of potential plant closures or complete change over should GM decide to keep them open.
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