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    Union sets strike deadline at GM
    UAW authorizes 11 a.m. ET walkout for its 73,000 members at nation's No. 1 automaker, although talks continue.
    September 24 2007: 5:39 AM EDT

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The United Auto Workers union set an 11 a.m. ET Monday strike deadline for its 73,000 members at General Motors late Sunday night, although talks between the union and the company were still ongoing.

    The union has kept its members on the job at the automaker on an hour-by-hour contract extension since the previous pact with GM (Charts, Fortune 500) expired Sept. 14. But Sunday, as talks were reportedly making progress, the union leadership felt the need to call for a strike.

    The company said in a statement that it was still hopeful of reaching a deal to avoid a shutdown. A company official told CNNMoney.com at 5:20 a.m. ET that the talks were continuing.

    "The 2007 contract talks involved complex, difficult issues that affect the job security of our us work force and the long-term viability of our company," said GM spokesman Dan Flores. "We are fully committed to working with the UAW to develop solutions together to address the competitive challenges facing General Motors. We will continue focusing our efforts on reaching an agreement as soon as possible."

    The strike call does not affect operations at Ford Motor (Charts, Fortune 500) or Chrysler Group. The union has granted those companies more formal extensions that require a three-day notice to end while they focused their efforts on reaching an agreement with GM.

    Neither side would comment on the sticking point in the talks, although GM has been seeking to close its cost gap with nonunion automakers such as Toyota Motor (Charts) and Honda Motor (Charts) by shifting $51 billion in future retiree health care costs to a union-controlled trust fund.

    Chris "Tiny" Sherwood, president of Local 652 in Lansing, Mich., said he got a call with the strike deadline just before 11 p.m. ET Sunday. He had not had any signal that there were problems before that call.

    "They just said unless we're told otherwise, we're on strike as of 11 a.m.," he said "I guess they hit some kind of impasse. We'll be ready."

    Sherwood's local about 3,000 of more than 4,500 members working at a GM plant in Lansing.

    While most analysts have said that a long strike at General Motors would be a crippling blow for the automaker's efforts to return its North American operations to profitability, the automaker is probably in relatively good position to weather a short strike.

    David Healy, analyst with Burnham Securities, said he believes GM could take a strike of up to a month without a significant problem.

    "It's sort of an odd thing, the first thing that happens with an automaker in case of a strike is their cash increases, as their payroll stops, and they still keep collecting cash for the cars that have been shipped," said Healy.

    He believes the two sides are close enough that a strike, if it does in fact start, will be a short one.

    "Days, not weeks or months, that would be my guess," he said.

    If there is a strike, it would be the nation's largest since 87,000 workers at Verizon Communications (Charts, Fortune 500) walked off the job in August 2000, but that action did not shut down the company.

    GM was last hit by a strike at its Flint, Mich., locals in 1998, a work stoppage by only 9,200 workers that was felt across most of GM's North American operations since they couldn't get the parts they needed to keep making cars and trucks.

    The last strike by more than 70,000 workers that shut down a company's operations was the 1997 strike by 185,000 Teamsters at United Parcel Service. (Charts, Fortune 500)
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    yup, that was in the PD this morning:

    UAW in Parma ready if strike is called

    Posted by Robert Schoenberger September 24, 2007 09:19AM

    The United Auto Workers set a strike deadline of 11 a.m. Eastern time today as contract talks with General Motors Corp. dragged on.

    Officials at UAW Local 1005, which represents workers at the Parma Metal Center, said this morning that the local is ready if the international union calls a strike. Picket assignments have been handed out and the local is awaiting word from Detroit, the officials said.
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    The UAW sucks.

    GM hit by UAW strike
    Marathon bargaining session fails to produce deal as 73,000 UAW members start strike; talks said to continue.
    By Chris Isidore, CNNMoney.com senior writer
    September 24 2007: 11:25 AM EDT


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The United Auto Workers union started a strike at General Motors facilities at 11 a.m. ET Monday as about 73,000 UAW members started walking off the job and hitting the picket lines at the nation's largest automaker.

    But negotiations were continuing just before the 11 a.m. ET strike deadline, according to GM spokesman Tom Wickham. Spokesmen from GM (Charts, Fortune 500) and the union were not immediately available for comment.

    A feed from CNN affiliate WDIV-TV in Michigan showed picket signs going up at 11 a.m. outside the GM plant in Lake Orion, Mich., followed by a steady stream of union members driving out of the plant's main gates.

    The workers had stayed on the job for nine days past the original expiration of the contract on Sept. 14, while union and management negotiators kept talking. But after the union set the strike deadline late Sunday, an all-night negotiating session failed to produce a deal by the deadline.

    But late Sunday night, the union set an 11 a.m. ET strike deadline and issued a statement Monday saying that management had been unwilling to address the unions' key concerns on job security for the members at GM.

    While the strike idles 59 U.S. plants and facilities at GM, it does not affect the two other automakers whose workers are represented by the UAW, Ford Motor (Charts, Fortune 500) or Chrysler Group, which between them have more than 100,000 UAW still on the job. Members at those companies have been working under their own contract extensions as the union concentrated on reaching a deal with the UAW.

    A key to the contract talks is GM's goal of shifting an estimated $51 billion in future health care costs for retirees and their family members to union-controlled trust funds. GM has more than 340,000 retirees and surviving spouses receiving such benefits today. Shifting those costs is seen as a key to GM efforts to close its cost gap with nonunion automakers such as Toyota Motor (Charts) and Honda Motor (Charts).
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    UAW strikes GM
    Posted by Robert Schoenberger September 24, 2007 11:17AM
    Categories: Breaking News

    General Motors workers in Lordstown began to walk off this job this morning as an 11 a.m. deadline to reach a new contract passed.

    "The plant is emptying out as we speak," said Jim Graham, president of Local 1112 of the United Auto Workers.

    UAW members were rushing to the union hall to get picketing assignments. Cars backed up about a mile on the normally lightly traveled two-lane road in front of the hall.

    This morning, the UAW cited General Motors' failure to address job security and other concerns.

    "We're shocked and disappointed that General Motors has failed to recognize and appreciate what our membership has contributed during the past four years," UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in a written statement.

    Gettelfinger didn't offer specifics, but the UAW had been expected to ask GM for guarantees of future production at U.S. plants as part of the negotiations.

    Officials at UAW Local 1005, which represents workers at the Parma Metal Center, said picket assignments had been handed out and the local was ready to strike.

    GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker is working with the union to resolve issues.
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    UAW strikes GM
    Posted by Robert Schoenberger September 24, 2007 11:17AM
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    General Motors workers in Lordstown began to walk off this job this morning as an 11 a.m. deadline to reach a new contract passed.

    "The plant is emptying out as we speak," said Jim Graham, president of Local 1112 of the United Auto Workers.

    UAW members were rushing to the union hall to get picketing assignments. Cars backed up about a mile on the normally lightly traveled two-lane road in front of the hall.

    This morning, the UAW cited General Motors' failure to address job security and other concerns.

    "We're shocked and disappointed that General Motors has failed to recognize and appreciate what our membership has contributed during the past four years," UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in a written statement.

    Gettelfinger didn't offer specifics, but the UAW had been expected to ask GM for guarantees of future production at U.S. plants as part of the negotiations.

    Officials at UAW Local 1005, which represents workers at the Parma Metal Center, said picket assignments had been handed out and the local was ready to strike.

    GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker is working with the union to resolve issues.
    This is just garbage. I work in a non-union building in the Detroit area, and the union support around here is pretty much gone. I can understand or at least accept a strike if GM was really trying to stick it to the workers...but they most certainly are not. The entire state of Michigan is in major trouble right now. On top of this ridiculous walkout, our state government is set to shutdown on Saturday. It's a wonder our fine state is in the pooper.
    But, this quote just kills me "This morning, the UAW cited General Motors' failure to address job security and other concerns." Really?!? Concerned about job security? No shit, so is everybody else in this state who is dependent on the auto industry. Must be nice to be able to hide behind union rules and bylaws.
    So thanks UAW...thanks for further damaging the state of Michigan's economy, as well as the national economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garibaldi View Post
    This is just garbage. I work in a non-union building in the Detroit area, and the union support around here is pretty much gone. I can understand or at least accept a strike if GM was really trying to stick it to the workers...but they most certainly are not. The entire state of Michigan is in major trouble right now. On top of this ridiculous walkout, our state government is set to shutdown on Saturday. It's a wonder our fine state is in the pooper.
    But, this quote just kills me "This morning, the UAW cited General Motors' failure to address job security and other concerns." Really?!? Concerned about job security? No shit, so is everybody else in this state who is dependent on the auto industry. Must be nice to be able to hide behind union rules and bylaws.
    So thanks UAW...thanks for further damaging the state of Michigan's economy, as well as the national economy.
    Amen about the economy in Michigan. We're in the middle of a one-state recession with no hope in sight.

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    more from the PD...

    In the first national strike against General Motors Corp. since 1970, union workers at Ohio plants and elsewhere around the country walked off the job today to protest stalled contract talks with the automaker.

    Outside the sprawling Lordstown complex shortly after noon today, about 100 members of the United Auto Workers set up pickets outside the entrance gates to the assembly plant that produces Chevrolet's popular Cobalt and Pontiac G5s. They blocked the gates as trucks carrying finished Cobalts attempted to exit the plant.

    More than 4,100 people work at the Lordstown complex, GM's biggest operation in Ohio. Some 1,200 union members crowded into a UAW hall earlier in the day to learn about their strike duties. Formal union barricades around the complex were expected later today.

    The UAW this morning cited General Motors failure to address job security and other concerns.

    "We're shocked and disappointed that General Motors has failed to recognize and appreciate what our membership has contributed during the past four years," UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said in a written statement.

    Gettelfinger didn't offer specifics, but the UAW had been expected to ask GM for guarantees of future production at U.S. plants as part of the negotiations.

    Elsewhere across Ohio, some 1,700 workers walked off the job at GM's Parma Metal Center, along with 2,000 at a Toledo transmission plant, 1,400 at a Defiance casting plant and 1,700 at a metal center in Mansfield
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    It just seems that at some point, labor prices itself out of the market.

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    I work at a non-union supplier to the industry & have been inside several GM assembly plants. I was stunned by the people, particularly "maintenance" employees, just sitting around, playing dominoes, spades, whatever. As long as the piece of equipment they were assigned to was running & making rate they just chilled out. Utterly P-thetic. But yet they'll visit our plant & tell us we're not "lean" enough & have too many labor hrs /part & we aren't competitive enough W/ China & Mexico. The UAW is no better & is losing members at an alarming rate & really starting to close ranks & do everything they can for survival. They can't go away soon enough far as I'm concerned. Hopefully this strike will end soon though as GM is our single largest customer.
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    They hadn't been on strike since 1976, though. That's 31 yeas ago. You can't say that they go on strike all the time, though.

    Bottom line is that there's too many domestic car-making companies for the market. GM, Chrysler, Ford - one of them will have to go.
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    They have reached a tentative agreement. No major details yet.
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