• May 21, 2009
Not that it should come as a major shock to anyone paying attention over the last few weeks, but in a regulatory filing submitted by General Motors on Tuesday, the beleaguered automaker has admitted that it's unlikely to have acceptable deals negotiated with the either the United Auto Workers or Canadian Auto Workers unions before the previously announced deadline of May 27.

Equally as unsurprising are rumors that GM's plan to begin importing 50,000+ cars from China by 2014 is one of the major stumbling blocks in UAW negotiations. Other sticking points surely include how best to slash the desired $1 billion in annual labor costs that the two parties reportedly targeted and how to fund the Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) health care trust.

Furthermore, the Detroit Free Press is reporting that CAW union leaders are upset at the way they are being treated in negotiations. A flier passed out to Canadian union workers had this to say:
"Because the Canadian and U.S. governments are planning a joint effort to support GM's restructuring, we now face a dangerous attempt to enforce a 'cookie-cutter' approach on our bargaining. This philosophy is absolutely offensive to us as Canadians."
More than ever before, it seems almost a foregone conclusion that GM will file for bankruptcy on June 1st. Hold on tight, this promises to be a wild ride.

[Source: Detroit Free Press | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      And on the eleventh day General Motors died !
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, Government Motors. So does this mean we can't poke fun at the Brits for British-Leyland anymore?
        • 5 Years Ago
        We can't even poke fun at North Koreans any more.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ dsuurp, who cares, it's not my money, Japanese government does not tax me, they can do whatever they want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or Stalin and the Soviet Union....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not trying to dump on GM but during this entire bailout process have they met a single deadline? I can't think of one. I believe they've had a extension on everyone and in some cases even missed the extended deadline.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tagg there is something else going on here. These bailouts are covering something else up. Way too much BS, time delays, etc.
        We will pay in the end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So what's the real deal on the Chinese imports?

      Are they subcompacts that couldn't possibly be made in America and sold at a profit AND a competitive price? Or that and a mix of that next sweet looking Buick?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So if GM files and the U.S. Government becomes the majority owner, does that make current GM employees new Federal employees? Guess the UAW would lose, but the employees would be in better shape benefit and retirement wise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they can organize a union at Taco Bell. Kidding aside, no schooling, little training, to screw parts into a car for 25 dollars an hour and up. Be happy you rode that train as long as you could. Free benefits too. I had 6 years of college, paid by me. Management for a company with unions for 10 years where they got paid more, worked less hours, had free benefits, and lobbied and bitched when a job was even thought to be given to a qualified candidate rather than picking someone with "GASP" seniority who had no idea how to do the job or desire to. Unions are in it for unions, they are businesses just like the companies. They prey on the weak minded and uneducated who are stupid enough to spout their cult like rhetoric. The companies are bad too the prey on the shareholders. Flawed system. What a shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone remember the IBM commercial where a bunch of suits at a conference table are confronted with a problem and their solution is to literally throw a bag of money at the problem?

      That's all the government knows how to do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bye bye GM, it wasn't nice knowin' you!

      Good riddance to bad rubbish! C11 now C7 later!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It takes two weeks to make instant coffee at GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd vote that up for "comment of the month".
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is funny that in the good times the unions push for pattern bargaining, but in bad times they don't want "cookie cutter" style bargaining?? They practically invented it! Pattern bargaining should be followed and Ford should also get the same deal the others get as equality amongst its members should be achieved. It swings both ways and they will have to eat the damn cookie even if it is not the flavor they want!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That hand in the picture looks huge and tight fisted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll give you the benefit of the sarcasm/question doubt. It's a sculpture of boxer Joe Louis's arm and fist in downtown Detroit rock city.

        http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/roadside-statues9.htm
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's hideous too. It belongs in the bottom of the Detroit River or in most of SE Michigans politicians faces! Yeah, that means you Monica Conyers or Kwame Kilpatrick or... The list goes on forever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We want more moneh guy!"

      "I'm not your guy, buddy!"

      "Well I'm not you buddy, friend!"

      "Well I'm not your friend, guy!"

      Repeat ad nauseaum.
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