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DETROIT (AP) -- Top bargainers for striking United Auto Workers are talking with American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc. as workers prepare for a long strike against the auto parts maker.
A UAW local official in Detroit said Monday only top bargainers are at the table. Union representatives from the company's five U.S. factories have not been called in.

About 3,600 UAW workers at American Axle plants in Michigan and New York went on strike Feb. 26 in a dispute over wages and benefits.

The resulting parts shortage forced General Motors Corp. to close all or part of 28 plants, affecting more than 37,000 hourly workers.
 

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I never truly understood the whole strike mentality. I understand they are unhappy with whatever is happening in the company and I am not updated on the details. However why not continue working and have the the union bargain a new agreement while doing so. This way they continue to make money and do not affect some 30,000+ workers. I mean losing a month's wage is irreparable, there is no way even if they receive a raise that they will ever make that lost money back.
 

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I never truly understood the whole strike mentality. I understand they are unhappy with whatever is happening in the company and I am not updated on the details. However why not continue working and have the the union bargain a new agreement while doing so. This way they continue to make money and do not affect some 30,000+ workers. I mean losing a month's wage is irreparable, there is no way even if they receive a raise that they will ever make that lost money back.
Not intending to defend the union here, but if they just kept working then the company would have no incentive to negotiate. At some point they have to strike otherwise companies would not take them seriously. In other words, when a company tries to call their bluff, they have to prove it's not a bluff.
 

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Has anyone done an analysis on the current inventory for days of supply in our new and pretty lousy economic climate? These are all mostly trucks/SUVs. The DOS numbers last a little longer than originally expected due to demand. Let's hope this does not put a longterm hurt on GM.
 

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I think this could help GM with their inventories of GMT 900 and with Gas prices on the climb I think that with current inventories GM can hold for about 3 to 4 months
 

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I never truly understood the whole strike mentality. I understand they are unhappy with whatever is happening in the company and I am not updated on the details. However why not continue working and have the the union bargain a new agreement while doing so. This way they continue to make money and do not affect some 30,000+ workers. I mean losing a month's wage is irreparable, there is no way even if they receive a raise that they will ever make that lost money back.
Because usually they sign a contract with a bonus that will cover a month of pay atleast. Then you would have to realise that it just might be worth striking for to keep $14 an hour pay.

It is the last step the Union will take. Moraine Assembly Contract was up Sept 16th of last year. We were still working until we ran out of parts. Then again the talks are going good, Slow but good.
 

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so does this mean that GM is paying people to assemble trucks that aren't being assembled due to parts shortages? this is freaking ridiculous.
 

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Has anyone done an analysis on the current inventory for days of supply in our new and pretty lousy economic climate? These are all mostly trucks/SUVs. The DOS numbers last a little longer than originally expected due to demand. Let's hope this does not put a longterm hurt on GM.
There was another article posted about 2 weeks ago I think and they were indicating a 3 to 4 months supply of GMT 900 trucks & suv's. So some strike time won't necessarily be bad, though I would be concerned about supply impact for the Hybrids as they may or may not have enough product built.
 

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Because usually they sign a contract with a bonus that will cover a month of pay atleast. Then you would have to realise that it just might be worth striking for to keep $14 an hour pay.
From what I've seen of union negotiations, there's always a signing bonus, regardless of when the contract is signed. So in reality, you are losing a month's pay (or the bonus). If you'd negotiated earlier, you'd have both.
 

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I never truly understood the whole strike mentality. I understand they are unhappy with whatever is happening in the company and I am not updated on the details. However why not continue working and have the the union bargain a new agreement while doing so. This way they continue to make money and do not affect some 30,000+ workers.
Because if they did that, they wouldent be the overpaid compulsive complainers known as the UAW:mad: Not only is this hurting GM in a big way, but it is in a way hurting many of the other smaller suppliers that also supply the GM truck lines. Companies like mine (Delphi Steering (we are being sold as a division soon) who are already in bad times are hurting us very bad.
 

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I think this could help GM with their inventories of GMT 900 and with Gas prices on the climb I think that with current inventories GM can hold for about 3 to 4 months
The workers won't be able to last 3 to 4. I worked in a food warehouse that went on strike for 3 months. It cost everyone involved tons of money. The guys on the line blew through their savings, the local used up all it's strike fund and was preparing to dip into the international fund. The company took the largest hit. Over 16 million in 3 months in expenses and lost sales, they still don't know the long term damage it caused in lost customers/market share.

The UAW has been striking a lot lately, I wonder how much cash they have?
 

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I hope they can come to an agreement soon, but GM needs to cut some shifts out to align with the slow market.
 

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It'll be like PATCO and Catepillar all over again. The only thing the uaw will get out of this is outsourced. And once that happens, forget about those buyout bonuses. I don't know how these assemblers think that they can continue to get more wages than the Big3, especially when all their peers (dana, dura, delphi) have filed bankrupcy and are undercutting them by 50% or more.

Ask for a better buyout bonus, take the money and run. It's the only plausible choice.
 

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Good old union. Rather than keep unskilled people employed for generations to come, at $14 an hour and benefits (rather generous and quite a bit over market-rate) ... instead let all the jobs move on down to Mexico.

Right, read it again -- the UAW is likely responsible for more offshored manufacturing jobs than any of the companies.

And the union has no real incentive to get the GM plants up and running, cuz the workers there are home making full pay.

And the best part is, American Axle was apt to pay people $100K to accept the new $14 wage. When, basically, all they had to do was say, "take it or leave it."

Something's quite wrong with the whole picture.
 
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