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12 hours ago, dfelt said:

Blue Collar scare tactics as the Union Bosses are worried about loosing their cushy paid jobs for minimal benefits by not having union members to pay them for pathetic labor negotiations.

I support GM on this!

Please post facts on this as I have not seen that the non-union plants are that far underpaid.

From stories I find, the non-Union plants mostly pay more than the UAW.

https://www.autoblog.com/2015/03/29/foreign-domestic-automakers-wage-gap/

Seems in this story, Toyota pays their non-Union workers more than the average GM union worker.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-true-price-of-auto-labor-costs/

I see NO VALUE from the Unions today.

Modern unions are mostly trash. Overpaid for their work and god forbid they do more work than their very specific work title.. 

I had a buddy work for a union for a bit and he legitimately got written up for doing MORE work because it was somebody else's job(who wasn't there) and he just did it do get it done so work could continue to flow. They're fckn trash these days. The initial intent was great but they've turned into a joke. 

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Damn I hate missing out on the start of these conversations.

Look! I get what the Unions are doing. Both the UAW and CAW want to retain their livelihood. Its an inevitable stance. Its a necessary stance. But it is a stance that each and every one of them should have thought about a decade or two ago.. when they saw and knew that the tide was turning and the non-unionized manufactures were muscling in on their customers as well as their jobs. U CANNOT HAVE BOTH! U can not lose your customers and still keep your jobs. U HAVE TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT JUST AS MUCH AS THE DEALERSHIPS!  Ironically they, say that they "Made GM" and that GM is betraying them.. but what about the betrayal to GM.. themselves when U look in each and everyone of their driveways.. their families' driveways.. their friends' driveways.. and see a fukkin Toyota, Honda etc?

Here's the deal.. Since emerging from Bankruptcy in 2010 GM has added about 29,000 employees, about 50% are salaried, the other half Hourly. GM currently has 50,000 salaried employees, and as of Jan '17 GM employed 97,000 total people in the U.S. Chrysler employs 56,900 and Ford employs 85,000. Honestly speaking, GM has too many employees considering their market share. In fact they have too many employees even if their market share was 5 points higher. Interesting fact, is that Toyota only has 30,000 US. employees. 

It has to occur to some one, some where that GM has been a welfare company for far too long. They employee way to many Americans who don't appreciate their employment status. All of them do not even support the company with a simply thing such as having an all GM new car driveway (not including hobbie classic cars from other manufacturers.) Imagine a situation where employees at Lordstown or Detroit-Ham actually actively recommended a Cruze, Volt, CT6, Lacrosse, Impala to their family and friends. How about the community and city of Detroit do the same? Why? Because supporting your plant meant supporting jobs, keeping jobs. Hypothetically John, who, along with his dad owns "Gios," the restaurant that serves DH employees daily, rolls up to the restaurant his new Avalon instead of an even Consumer Reports top pick, Impala. One sale lost, now two, now three. Detroit-Ham closes. Six months later, "Gio's" closes. Now John is making his car payments to Toyota Finance using unemployment money he gets fed. He's sour on GM for closing the plant. What if he had of just bought an Impala and spread the word that it is a great car? German employees know this. They support the hell out of their local plants even when their car is a piece of junk VW.

Moving on to what @oldshurst442 is saying about GM/Ford/Chry/ building junk during the 70s-80s-90s.. I call bull$h!. Junk compared to who? The Foreign makers were no better than the domestics during that time.. they simply were an alternative. Gas mileage? Yes in the 70s when the gas shortage occurred and their was a move to make vehicle more efficient, the domestics got blindsided. THE FOREIGN MAKERS WERE MORE EFFICIENT BY DEFAULT! Americans loved V8s.. almost every car U bought from the Domestics had a V8. Imagine the equivalent of the Cruze.. THE CRUZE.. the Chevy Monza being sold with a V8 under the hood. The Datsun B210 had a 65hp 1.4L with 65hp.. U are damn right it got better fuel economy. Yes U could get a Chevette (Acadian in Canada) with a similar engine to the Datsun's 1.4L and get the same fuel economy.. but AMERICANS bought V8s and V6s.. 4cylinders were looked down on.  Reliability? Another bull$h!t thing that was pushed up by the anti-domestic crew. There literally was a thing going around that all foreign cars were more reliable than domestics. Even if they weren't the perception was in place and it transferred to all of them whether they were or not. Datsun/Nissans were POSs. Peugeots were POSs. Alfa Romeos, Fiats, BMW, Audis, even the early Hondas and Toyota.. certainly Mazdas and Isuzus.. POSs. If it wasn't an issue with the powertrain it was an issue with the structural integrity of the bodies. Take a look outside next time U get up from your PC or phone. SERIOUSLY. HOW MANY CLASSIC FOREIGN CARS DO U REALLY SEE THAT WERE DAILY DRIVERS STILL RUNNING AROUND?  I can tell U I saw two 1984 Cavaliers the other day. I see Cadillacs that should have been retired or RESTORED 10 years ago still running around. Buicks LeSabres like the ones I know I got a ride to middle school in still rolling up the Blvd.. Shocks squeaking, trim hanging. But why not? They are going on 35 years old. That 1990 Honda Accord? Haven't seen one in 15 years. That Camry from 1992 that was the models first best selling model???? Haven't seen one in years. Damn sure still see Corsicas, f@#kkin Skylarks, and goofy ass Ford Escorts. Would U believe I saw a K-Car the other day? No Daihatsu, or Sterlings (or the Acura Legend it was based on) from 1990. Call them $h!ty if U like.. but I see Buick Reattas and Cadillac Allantes still cruising around, as well as Chevy Caprices, both the rounded ones and the boxy ones. THE PERCEPTION THAT FOREIGN WAS/IS BETTER WAS A BUNCH OF BULL$#!+!!!

Profitability

GM builds the Sonic profitable due to UAW concessions at the onset of the car's changeover from Aveo... GM was able to run the plant with 40 percent of the workers at a tier two wage, about half of the  $29 per hour that regular UAW workers make. Remember that car too tho, was up for death earlier this year but after it was realized that the Cruze was a better kill.. GM threw support behind keeping the more viable Sonic. (Again I believe that they should keep the Cruze name for the Sonic), not to mention the Sonic also shares its platform with the Trax and Encore, a car that quite frankly may have started the revolution of leaving small cars to get into a small CUV. 

In truth.. If Americans and Canadians want more GM vehicles built in America, say Detroit-Ham or Lordstown, they should have made certain that the vehicles built there were the number one vehicles you saw when you entered the area at least. People at Fairfax should be currently buying Malibus by the dozen. I mean that. The only thing one could perhaps cry about would be the lack of a V6, which is a ball drop on GM for not putting marketing in place to let it be known that the 2.0L was a viable and better alternative to the 3.6L, with more torque allowing for almost identical acceleration. The quality, content and styling of that vehicle in no way is inferior to a Camry or Accord, although I would say many nit-pick a GM product to the brink of it slitting its own risk versus a Asian or Euro product. By that I mean I have witnessed many giving a pass on the overall shoddy engineering of a Range Rover's powertrain, but hold it in higher regard over an Escalade due to CUE not having buttons. But that's the mentality of Americans/Canadians. The standard is so high, but the product must be so cheap for Domestic makers. 

There is an article over on, of all places, TRUTH ABOUT CARS, a publication that has historically hated GM while simultaneously boosting Toyota and the like.. The article (another one) essentially gives a glowing review of the CADILLAC CT6.. yet when U read some of the comments after the review.. trollish people are putting the car down for the most bullcrap reasons. Some actually admitting mistakenly I'm sure, that they had never even sat in one let alone driven one. Saying they would not pay $100K for the car, while at  the same time saying they would pay $100K for an Audi A8 or 7Series. I mean.. Do you really think a BMW 550 is worth $10,000 more than a CTS VSport? $35,000 Toyota Avalon worth more than the $28,000 Chevy Impala? Seriously I PRAY that someone is able to get thru to GM to keep production going on that car.. even if its moved to another plant. It is literally one of the beacons of drawing in conquest sales.. of course marketing would help. The link for the review is below.

CT6 Review from TTAC

 

Interesting .. Jalopnik broke this story yesterday..

VW GIVES AMERICAN THE MIDDLE FINGER..literally

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Americans.. its how foreign automakers really feel about U and U continue to send them your money while shunning your own industry. Personally.. as I've said before.. GM, Ford, and even Chrysler should give all y'all the middle finger, pack up.. and take everyone if its almost 270K workers with them, pushing this country into an economic depression worst than 1929 ever did. 

 

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Not particularly a fan of unions, but I loathe management scum, tend to side w/ workers than the MBA shit-for-brains running things.   I prefer being an hourly independent consultant/hired gun.   

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25 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

Look! I get what the Unions are doing. Both the UAW and CAW want to retain their livelihood. Its an inevitable stance. Its a necessary stance. But it is a stance that each and every one of them should have thought about a decade or two ago.. when they saw and knew that the tide was turning and the non-unionized manufactures were muscling in on their customers as well as their jobs. U CANNOT HAVE BOTH! U can not lose your customers and still keep your jobs. U HAVE TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT JUST AS MUCH AS THE DEALERSHIPS!  Ironically they, say that they "Made GM" and that GM is betraying them.. but what about the betrayal to GM.. themselves when U look in each and everyone of their driveways.. their families' driveways.. their friends' driveways.. and see a fukkin Toyota, Honda etc?

Here's the deal.. Since emerging from Bankruptcy in 2010 GM has added about 29,000 employees, about 50% are salaried, the other half Hourly. GM currently has 50,000 salaried employees, and as of Jan '17 GM employed 97,000 total people in the U.S. Chrysler employs 56,900 and Ford employs 85,000. Honestly speaking, GM has too many employees considering their market share. In fact they have too many employees even if their market share was 5 points higher. Interesting fact, is that Toyota only has 30,000 US. employees. 

It has to occur to some one, some where that GM has been a welfare company for far too long. They employee way to many Americans who don't appreciate their employment status. All of them do not even support the company with a simply thing such as having an all GM new car driveway (not including hobbie classic cars from other manufacturers.) Imagine a situation where employees at Lordstown or Detroit-Ham actually actively recommended a Cruze, Volt, CT6, Lacrosse, Impala to their family and friends. How about the community and city of Detroit do the same? Why? Because supporting your plant meant supporting jobs, keeping jobs. Hypothetically John, who, along with his dad owns "Gios," the restaurant that serves DH employees daily, rolls up to the restaurant his new Avalon instead of an even Consumer Reports top pick, Impala. One sale lost, now two, now three. Detroit-Ham closes. Six months later, "Gio's" closes. Now John is making his car payments to Toyota Finance using unemployment money he gets fed. He's sour on GM for closing the plant. What if he had of just bought an Impala and spread the word that it is a great car? German employees know this. They support the hell out of their local plants even when their car is a piece of junk VW.

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A huge part of the problem IMHO is that Americans don't want to pay even a nickel more to buy anything American, be it tools, clothes, toys, pet supplies, shoes, or whatever.

How many people on the line happily take their GM or Ford paycheck and run right over to WalMart to fill up the trunk of their Camry with Chinese made goods?

51 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

This in no way, should be second to some damn fat nosed 7series

2018-Cadillac-CT6-profile.jpg

That is gorgeous.

57 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Not particularly a fan of unions, but I loathe management scum, tend to side w/ workers than the MBA shit-for-brains running things.   I prefer being an hourly independent consultant/hired gun.   

False dichotomy, lots of people in management want what is best for the company and work their asses off for Ford or GM or the like. Management bad, Worker good is a wild oversimplification of the real state of affairs.

"In truth.. If Americans and Canadians want more GM vehicles built in America, say Detroit-Ham or Lordstown, they should have made certain that the vehicles built there were the number one vehicles you saw when you entered the area at least. People at Fairfax should be currently buying Malibus by the dozen. I mean that. The only thing one could perhaps cry about would be the lack of a V6, which is a ball drop on GM for not putting marketing in place to let it be known that the 2.0L was a viable and better alternative to the 3.6L, with more torque allowing for almost identical acceleration. The quality, content and styling of that vehicle in no way is inferior to a Camry or Accord, although I would say many nit-pick a GM product to the brink of it slitting its own risk versus a Asian or Euro product. By that I mean I have witnessed many giving a pass on the overall shoddy engineering of a Range Rover's powertrain, but hold it in higher regard over an Escalade due to CUE not having buttons. But that's the mentality of Americans/Canadians. The standard is so high, but the product must be so cheap for Domestic makers." 

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https://jalopnik.com/brand-new-volkswagen-arrives-at-dealer-and-drops-an-f-b-1831242214

Japanese often really look down on American culture also...something that is true of some the Japanese that work at Honda here in Ohio.

Responding to Cmicassa.

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22 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

A huge part of the problem IMHO is that Americans don't want to pay even a nickel more to buy anything American, be it tools, clothes, toys, pet supplies, shoes, or whatever.

I also think a part of that is the perception of American made products aren't made to the standards of European or Japanese goods.

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3 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

I also think a part of that is the perception of American made products aren't made to the standards of European or Japanese goods.

Or American made goods are more expensive. I work in the skilled trades...lots of guys want to buy American until they see a higher price. then loyalty goes out the door. Me...I like a lot of imported cars, but most of my tools and personal items are American made.

Other part of the problem is that we have abandoned whole industries. Try to buy an American made Camera or TV set.

But with cars...I think there is also a negative social stigma to driving domestic...like you live in floyover country and live in a trailer park or suburbia and don't lead an interesting life.

And yes, the quality perception persists.

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7 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

https://jalopnik.com/brand-new-volkswagen-arrives-at-dealer-and-drops-an-f-b-1831242214

Japanese often really look down on American culture also...something that is true of some the Japanese that work at Honda here in Ohio.

Responding to Cmicassa.

Its true.. some may not know, and most of my old AWCC and MTForum members that came here are gone.. but my heritage is American Black father who was a 1/4 Cherokee, a mother who is partially Black, White, and half Japanese. When I was young I would visit my family's home in Kobe, Japan.. where the sentiment pertaining to Americans was not so grateful as some were led to believe. I have cousins over there that work in the industry, specifically for Toyota who always call me laughing at the fact that we made the Camry the number one car in sales for almost two decades. Even he jokes about the mediocrity of the product.. and can't fathom why Americans pick almost two to one over the Malibu, Fusion, and Accord. He has on occasion down the same thing when talking about the Corolla. Once calling Americans idiots over the Corolla.. a vehicle that is the greatest compromise in history intermingling BLAND, BORING, UNDERPOWERED, and BASIC. He has commented to me that "the American companies try.. they even succeed at building better, more exciting, and just as reliable compacts, with newer technology and better styling.. while the Corolla, a car that still has linage that goes back 20 years.. continues to beat them in sales." (Chrysler picked up on this with  the LX cars.. GM should still be selling Sigma/ZETA platforms and pre-Epsilon (WBody) Impalas base don this philosophy) 

Truth Toyota is smart. Americans don't desire advancement. The country is conservative. GM could have continued its formula of Solid Axle in the Tahoe for another 20 years. Should they have? no. The Cruze should have never been called Cruze, or Cobalt.. it should still be called Cavalier.. and that car should still be riding on the platform that made the Cobalt SS the best performance compact in America just 12 years ago. Change the styling.. upgrade the electronics and interior.. and market as new... THAT IS THE TOYOTA PHILOSOPHY TO PROFITS. Basic ass $h!. But... Americans would squawk on these forums.. in those magazine reviews. Domestics are the most scrutinized of all. Is there any other manufacturer that U can think of without using Google , where U know the actual name of the platform the specific car U are talking about is on? This.. without Google:

Impala- Epsilon 2-L

ATS CTS- Alpha and Alpha L

CT6 Omega

Tahoe Yukon Esca - K2XX

Cruze D2xx..

Now ask me what the hell Nissan's Sentra, the Infiniti QX70 are one.. What about that Corolla? The BMW 5Series? Sh!t I can't tell U what the Accord is on.

9 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Or American made goods are more expensive. I work in the skilled trades...lots of guys want to buy American until they see a higher price. then loyalty goes out the door. Me...I like a lot of imported cars, but most of my tools and personal items are American made.

Other part of the problem is that we have abandoned whole industries. Try to buy an American made Camera or TV set.

But with cars...I think there is also a negative social stigma to driving domestic...like you live in floyover country and live in a trailer park or suburbia and don't lead an interesting life.

And yes, the quality perception persists.

Right.. Sight unseen, someone asked me why I bought a CTS-V over the M5 or E63AMG.. They literally said, "but Cadillac.. that's an old man car. They float down the road." LMFAO when I picked their ass up and we went for a cruise down around 695.. They sounded like one of those commercials we often think are bull$h! .. "THIS IS A CADILLAC???😱"  

Failure of GM marketing. Failure of Americans' ability  to accept evolution.

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You are so right when you say that America is a conservative country. Not getting political...but Americans hate change or anything new. Why the eff do we have Appleby's a restaurant chain that screams mediocrity if one ever did....all over the country?

Half of America is shopping malls and strip malls with the same crappy clothing retailers selling the same inferior made in Malaysia fashions that look about as vapid and mindless as that Corolla you were writing about?

See the USA in your Chevrolet...I want to see the parts of it that are invigorating, exciting, unique, forward looking, progressive, dynamic, changing, and positive. Give me craft beer, real new England Clam chowder, a Midwestern High school Football game...with a good band show at half time...

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1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

Modern unions are mostly trash. Overpaid for their work and god forbid they do more work than their very specific work title.. 

I had a buddy work for a union for a bit and he legitimately got written up for doing MORE work because it was somebody else's job(who wasn't there) and he just did it do get it done so work could continue to flow. They're fckn trash these days. The initial intent was great but they've turned into a joke. 

I totally agree, in my early years out of college I was at a company with a union and had to join as it was a requirement, less than 30 days, was also written up for doing more work than others of equal job and others who had that job but was not doing it. Less I say, by 90 days I had found a job with better pay and no union crap.

Twice in my life once in College and once afterwards I worked for Unions and they gave me nothing but grief. Unions had a good place in the early days, now just political gas bags of waste that only serve a very small portion of humanity.

More and more people are better educated and know they do not need to pay someone to get a fair wage and job growth.

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Just now, dfelt said:

I totally agree, in my early years out of college I was at a company with a union and had to join as it was a requirement, less than 30 days, was also written up for doing more work than others of equal job and others who had that job but was not doing it. Less I say, by 90 days I had found a job with better pay and no union crap.

Twice in my life once in College and once afterwards I worked for Unions and they gave me nothing but grief. Unions had a good place in the early days, now just political gas bags of waste that only serve a very small portion of humanity.

More and more people are better educated and know they do not need to pay someone to get a fair wage and job growth.

I am on the more liberal side of the coin politically but I could not agree more.

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2 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

I am on the more liberal side of the coin politically but I could not agree more.

I bet I am more liberal than you my friend, on many things, after all I live in Seattle! :P :roflmao:

Second largest home of the Rainbow land behind San Francisco. 

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5 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I bet I am more liberal than you my friend, on many things, after all I live in Seattle! :P :roflmao:

Second largest home of the Rainbow land behind San Francisco. 

I am conservative on some things like the second Amendment and gun ownership rights.  Not wanting to get into a political discussion, but like most Americans I am a mix.

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1 minute ago, A Horse With No Name said:

I am conservative on some things like the second Amendment and gun ownership rights.  Not wanting to get into a political discussion, but like most Americans I am a mix.

Mix is good, we need a mix of educated, political, driven people to keep America Great as it always has been. 

That is why the Auto industry is such a passion, the great mix of options. Something hopefully for everyone. 

Horse n Buggy for our Amish members to EVs for the future forward thinking like you and me. :metal:

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18 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

You are so right when you say that America is a conservative country. Not getting political...but Americans hate change or anything new. Why the eff do we have Appleby's a restaurant chain that screams mediocrity if one ever did....all over the country?

Half of America is shopping malls and strip malls with the same crappy clothing retailers selling the same inferior made in Malaysia fashions that look about as vapid and mindless as that Corolla you were writing about?

See the USA in your Chevrolet...I want to see the parts of it that are invigorating, exciting, unique, forward looking, progressive, dynamic, changing, and positive. Give me craft beer, real new England Clam chowder, a Midwestern High school Football game...with a good band show at half time...

😂😂 I was telling my GF the other day.. I'm tired of doing Island trips.. f@#k the beach. Our next trip is a train ride all the East coast to Maine. She can go if she wants.. or stay the hell home . We can just enjoy the cities.. and the sites. Take it in U know.

Either way.. U wanna see conservatism that bewilders the hell out of me.. look no further than @ocnblu. While he and I have a lot in common.. at a certain point I break with his ideology on automotive. GM wants to move to EVs, away from ICEs. VW too.. I applaud this, while some say its preposterous 

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@Cmicasa the Great I totally get what you are saying above. I also know you and I have allot in common too including that while we love our little Amish boy @ocnblu and his stuck to the past thinking, you and I are for the future and the excitement that comes with it.

Have a great Holiday weekend my friends! 

@A Horse With No Name @Robert Hall and everyone else here at C&G! Especially our fearless leader @drew

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1 hour ago, dfelt said:

Unions had a good place in the early days, now just political gas bags of waste that only serve a very small portion of humanity.

This times a million! 

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15 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

This times a million! 

Once again quoted for truth!

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Don't wait for me to apologize.  ICE is not the past, it is the present, and the future for the vast majority of the automotive market.  Way too many compromises with electrics.  Mere toys.

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Where did I say something in the above post that isn't true, David Felt?

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2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Don't wait for me to apologize.  ICE is not the past, it is the present, and the future for the vast majority of the automotive market.  Way too many compromises with electrics.  Mere toys.

ICE is the past and the present.  After 2030, I am not sure that ICE will be the future.  ICE certainly has another good decade in it, but BEV will take over, even if it is a relatively a slow crawl to get to full BEV mainstream acceptance on the road.

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12 hours ago, ccap41 said:

This is a little dated and not automotive specific but it's quite significant. 

https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2013/04/art2full.pdf

Thanks for the information.  I was proven wrong on that subject. 

 

That does lead me to one question: if there was no UAW (and no collective bargaining), how fast would those nonunion wages come down from their current levels?

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      "Yesterday, General Motors met with representatives with Canadian union Unifor - the second in less in two weeks. Talks centered around Oshawa with Unifor pleading to reconsider plans of phasing out products at the plant to keep 3,000 jobs. But those talks went nowhere as GM is moving forward with their restructuring plans.
      "Unfortunately, all Unifor’s proposals would involve substantial incremental costs and a further deterioration of GM’s competitive position. Having completed an analysis of Unifor’s proposals, GM has determined that it cannot pursue them because they would not combat the declining economic and market factors that must be addressed," wrote GM's vice president of manufacturing and labor relations Gerald Johnson and president of GM Canada Travis Hester to Unifor president Jerry Dias in a letter.
      Unifor had proposed a number of ideas to GM keep Oshawa open including "continuing production of older trucks while the company looks for a longer-term option," according to The Detroit News. GM said no to the various ideas, but will support "retraining opportunities for Oshawa employees and working with businesses in the region to help facilitate relocation when the plant phases out production."
      Dias wasn't too happy with the result of talks, saying at a press conference yesterday that GM leaders "in my opinion haven’t reached deep enough or far enough to find a solution. We are not accepting the closure of our Oshawa facilities under any circumstance."
      Workers at Oshawa's afternoon shift staged a sit-down protest yesterday starting around 5:00 P.M. and lasting till 9:45 when GM decided to send them home. Photos and videos posted to Unifor Canada show workers sitting at their stations and buzzers sounding off. Automotive News reports that a second sit-down protest took place this morning for 90 minutes at 8:00 A.M.
      “We understand our union’s frustration but need to now work together to deliver support, transition and training for our employees for new opportunities over the coming year,” GM Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright.
      It is unclear if the protests will continue or how much production was lost. What is certain is that Unifor will hold a mass rally in Windsor on Friday.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), The Detroit News
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