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    Auto Task Force says no more money for auto bailouts... probably
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    To date, the U.S. government has reportedly given General Motors, Chrysler, their financial institutions and various industry suppliers about $80 billion in taxpayer money, and Congress wants to know when we're going to get that money back. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ...

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    Officially, Official: GM files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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    The die is cast: General Motors has filed for bankruptcy. As expected, the automotive giant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning in a New York court, listing $82 billion in assets and $172 billion in debts.As we told you earlier, the century-old company will gain extensive ...

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    BREAKING: BBC says Magna has agreed to take majority stake in Opel from GM
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    According to the BBC News, supplier Magna International has come to terms with General Motors to purchase a majority stake in its European Opel division. While an agreement has been reached between the two parties, the German government – which has agreed to provide financial assistance for ...

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    DetNews columnist warns of the dangers of nationalizing GM
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    Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes has penned a commentary on what he believes the "mind-numbing" future could be if the White House and the United Auto Workers end up with majority control of General Motors.Howes fears that a government-and-UAW-controlled boardroom would end up an echo chamber, ...

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    REPORT: UAW agrees to ban strikes?(!)
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    According to a post on The Detroit Bureau, a key stipulation in the tentative contract reached between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler is that the union's right to strike will be all but eliminated for at least the next few years.As quoted in the story, Harley Shaiken, a labor relations ...

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    REPORT: GM lobbying Congress for $7B in tax relief
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    Ask for a little help from the government, and the next thing you know you're asking for the government to protect you from the very help it's giving you. General Motors is restructuring its debt load by offering equity shares instead of cash to debt holders, namely the government and the UAW. The ...

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    Saab not long for the U.S. market, GM unsure of other brands' futures
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    Let's go ahead and get it out there: General Motors doesn't have a plan for Saab, Saturn, or HUMMER – it has a bunch of hopes, ideas and proposals. The best that GM can do with Saab is try to extricate the brand from its entangled web, which might make it more attractive to a buyer. That ...

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    UAW agrees to suspend GM job banks on Feb 2
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    The UAW idled Chrysler's jobs bank earlier this week, and as of February 2, the UAW and General Motors will shut down the job bank it also maintains for its workers. GM is paying the 1,600 workers currently in the system 85% of their on-the-job wages. As of February 3, they will receive a measure ...

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    GM plans to trim 400 dealers per year until 2012
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    Dealership rationalization was something General Motors was looking at well before the economy went pear-shaped. GM still has more than 6,300 dealerships in the U.S., and it is even more important now to start shedding some of that financial burden. That is why The General told dealers at the NADA ...

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    GM funds Saturn through 2012
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    The good news: Saturns will remain in production until 2012 or 2013... at least. The bad news: the Saturns currently being produced might not get any new updates or engineering before then. That's the bitter and the sweet that GM revealed to Saturn dealers at the NADA conference.On the warm, fuzzy ...

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    Chrysler job bank going on hiatus Monday
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    The UAW jobs bank is a kind of employment limbo in which workers get paid a portion of their salary but don't work while they wait for their job to open up again. Last year, there were about 3,500 people in this so-called bank of jobs. It is the kind of benefit that can perplex an outsider, because ...

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    Followup: GM receives second gov't loan installment of $5.4 billion
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    Cue the angels! General Motors reports that it has received the second installment of the $13.4 billion government loan that it was promised by former President Bush late last month. Sure, it may have arrived a few days late, leading GM's coffer-keepers to anxiously check their mailboxes every few ...

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    GM warns it could be out of cash by March 31 if second $5.4M loan is delayed
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    General Motors is ringing the alarm bell over a delay in the second installment of its bridge loan. Chrysler faced the same thing when it was waiting on its first installment, but eventually got its money in time. GM puts the delay down to having to fill out a great deal of paperwork and having to ...

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    REPORT: French government calls for auto execs to forego bonuses
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    The French government has put €6 billion ($7.79 billion USD) on the table for car companies. And as part of the effort to make sure that every drop of the money goes toward maximizing performance and retaining jobs, the French government has asked that Peugeot/Citroen and Renault company ...

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    Deadline passes without word on critical GMAC bond-exchange vote
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    GMAC, General Motors' finance arm, was granted bank holding status, but there is still no word on whether the bond buyback was successful. The deadline for GMAC to have converted enough of its bonds - said to be 75 percent - into $28 billion in liquidity was on Friday, December 26, at 11:59 p.m. In ...

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    Blame Game: Survey says who's at fault ??? Management or union?
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    Each month, the American Pulse Survey seeks respondents' opinions regarding various political, pop culture and economic issues. Seeing that the auto bailout is a hot topic these days, it is unsurprising that much of the latest survey centered on the $17.4 billion in so-called bridge loans to the ...

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    BREAKING: Bush greenlights $17.4 billion Auto Rescue/Bailout package
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    President George W. Bush will doubtlessly be remembered for many things things, but his parting legacy may yet be his eleventh-hour pledge of $17.4 billion in low-interest loans to General Motors and Chrysler (Ford Motor Company has said it does not require relief at this time).The funding will ...

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