• Apr 18, 2008
General Motors has been dealing with a lot of strikes lately. The United Auto Worker union's strike against one of its main suppliers, American Axle, has been reducing the General's inventory of trucks and SUVs for about a month now, and also threatened production of the Chevy Malibu before the automaker found more parts to keep production going. Just yesterday the UAW walked out of GM's Lansing Delta Township plant where the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn are built. The latter strike is over what the UAW has only referred to as "local contract issues". Whatever those are, they are important enough to come back today and threaten GM with a walk out at its Fairfax plant, one of the two facilities that builds the hot-selling Chevy Malibu. The union has set a five-day ultimatum, and says it will walk out on Malibu production next Tuesday, April 22 if an agreement isn't reached. The other plant building Malibus is in the Detroit suburb of Orion, but it only builds 2,100 Malibus per week compared to the 3,100 units per week built at the Fairfax plant. Clearly the UAW knows exactly where GM is most vulnerable, and its aiming a strike right at it.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If UAW members only knew some history...they should look at what happened to their brothers in England to see what happens to your "bread and butter" when struck too much too often-the auto industry essentially disappeared! Wake up!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You must be kidding - "UAW members only knew some history" - the file and rank can barely recognize letters on beer cans while their bosses cutting big dough don't care about American auto manufacturing, national economy or pride. Germans and Japanese have unions in their countries too – but somehow their members are proud of what they do.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha, I saw that on Top Gear. Spent all the time striking, making crappy cars and now are no more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These bunch of dumb phucks keep driving a nail at the time into the coffin of American owned auto manufacturing...let them wither away....soon all autos made by Americans, in America, will be of European, Asian or Indain origin...well...maybe not from India....but the big dollars will go to Germany, Japan, Korea, etc etc

      They will destroy sales of the,perhaps,best American built cars ever...from GM..Ford...maybe Chrysler ...quality won't mean anything if you can't buy one...I'm sure as hell not gonna buy if they keep these poor mouth, "you doin me wrong" strikes...the future will be Hyundai, BMW,Honda, toyota, Tata....who knows what the Chinese will do when they finally understand what quality, safety, reliability, durability mean...then begin to build cars with these characteristics at real affordable prices....
      they are just getting their feet wet.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Time to hire the Pinkertons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know this is a little on the rediculous side. I almost wish GM would outsource the labor or figure out a way to drop the union. The union is simply an albatross at this point. GM has some much exciting stuff in the pipeline and the unions are trying to stop it all. Selfish bunch of idiots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unions ,with their demand for more perks and benefits(ex;domestic partner benefits) and corrupt union fat cat democrat power broker/king makers.No wonder why US industry outsources.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How come the UAW has never gone to GM/Ford/Chrysler and demanded that they start making better cars? The most I have ever seen a union member do is put a "buy union/domestic" bumper sticker on their car. If they gave a $*** they would have sat down at the bargaining table years ago and said "Guys, you're making crap cars. Engineer something that can beat Toyota/Honda/BMW/MB or we're striking." Seriously, for all the ludicrous control that these workers have over their company they should have done something to keep their market share from sliding. If GM were still in the position that they were in the late 70's (with over 50% market share and record sales despite the gas crisis) then the UAW would NOT be having to make the concessions they are now, instead they would all be getting a new CTS as a bonus. These guys are decades past the point where they should have woken up and gotten real about protecting their jobs instead of just whining about "furrin cars" and government regulations. Perhaps sending some UAW guys to New York, LA, DC, etc would open their eyes to the situation they are still in.

      Until that happens, it's time to boycott union-made cars. So many GM/Ford/Chrysler cars are made outside the US anyways, it shouldn't be that hard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Got to agree with most. Chevy is finally starting to make some huge strides as a company and financially and it is overshadowed by the antiquated unions.

      Seriously guys, your making good money, benifits and retirement. Since I left the union my health care costs me 700 dollars a month and larger co-pays. You have no idea what your benefits are worth.

      You would get a lot more respect from the public if you demanded more when the company was better off financially. No, you want to cripple them as they are coming out of it. Your unskilled labor, not too many of those jobs left anymore and you better start remembering it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know why GM hesitates to throw a quick ad in a local newspaper. I bet in a week they can replace all UAW with better educated, harder working, quality-oriented employees who will be happy to have 2/3 of UAW's compensation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it's not that they want more. they are just trying to keep what they've got. wouldn't you?
        race1foru
        • 6 Years Ago
        Basic human nature would be yes- of course workers are going to try AT LEAST keeping their current benefits. The only thing is, these standards have been set very high by the previous GM management. While these pay and benefit levels were sustainable when GM had a large marjority of the market share, we now live in a globalized market that is much more competitive, with other countries' workers willing to work for much lower wages and very few (if any) benefits.

        Truth be told, these manufacturing jobs are vital to the health of the United States economy. The more we can keep in this country the better, as these people comprise the bread and butter of the middle class- which is rapidly shrinking. These are the people that are buying the majority of new cars today.

        All that being said, it is time for the UAW and its workers to realize that they must accept lower wages and less benefits like the rest of the world does. Paying for your own health insurance stings the pocket book- much less paying for part of it. Don't complain about $20 copays like free health insurance is an ENTITLEMENT. Off the top of my head, I can't think of another modernized country where unskilled labor has so much power. These are easily replaceable workers. Get that through your heads and be thankful for the cush jobs you currently have!

        GM should bust the unions and then we'll see how competitive the domestics can be.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Yes, I would but not by extorting from the customers and investors. I work and learn hard and get a better paid job at the same company or another. And a lot of people do the same - and this is why most of the people here have strong feeling against unions. Unions have been always a very obfuscated form of organized crime. It's just not fare to those of us who work honestly. And now the companies are forced to move production out of the country because of the unions and this affects honest workers too.
          • 6 Years Ago
          SO JUST BECAUSE I WORK FOR A UNION, YOU DON'T THINK I WORK HARD AND HONEST. I AM A WOMAN IN A MANS WORLD, TELL ME ABOUT FAIR!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget the union stuff, I just can't get past that dufus grinning grill on the Malibu. In the bright red with chrome trim it looks like a delirious clown.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Frigin' unions are constantly handcuffing the manufacturers, especially GMC.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      God I hate the UAW, this is one of the reasons why companies are moving production off shore. America is screwed.
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