By on May 5, 2008

uaw_gm.jpgGM dodged the bullet when the American Axle strike threatened to shut down the Malibu plant in Kansas City. (Found some! ) But the automaker's luck just ran out. Automotive News [sub] reports the members of UAW Local 31 walked out at 10 AM this morning after GM failed to come to terms over seniority and job security in their local operating contract. Although there was only a 31-day supply of Malibus in dealers' hands at the end of April, the situation isn't as dire as it would seem. The plant in Orion Township, MI where they also build Malibus (and Pontiac G6's) already has a local contract and will continue production. This is the second GM plant where workers are striking over their local contract; the Delta Township plant where they screw together the Lambda CUVs has been on strike for almost three weeks. Although UAW president Ron Gettelfinger said the union shouldn't expect GM to get involved in settling the American Axle strike, some analysts think that's the reason behind the local strikes against GM. With 61 other plants yet to sign local contracts, things could get a lot dicier for the General before they get better.

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21 Comments on “Strike Two! GM Workers Shut Down Malibu Plant...”


  • avatar
    adonasetb

    Has anyone noticed that GM isn’t selling cars or trucks or SUV’s?? Seems like a strike now by the UAW is kicking the chair out from under the dying company. Is that a smart move? So much greed and so few buyers in the showroom.

  • avatar
    Raskolnikov

    OK….This is a good chance for the General to save some pennies. Let those guys @ Kansas City strike for as long as they want, change the mix at Orion to favor Malibus and keep a chuggin.

    After a month of living on the $200/week “strike pay” the UAW doles out, they’ll be very excited to start that line up again.

  • avatar
    menno

    If I were GM, I’d yank the G6 from the production schedule RIGHT NOW and only produce Malibus (since, Lord knows, that seems to be about the only GM car with anything even remotely resembling “buzz” right now).

    The G6 comes in dead last in comparison after comparison, and Pontiac is a dead brand walking anyway….

    I guess the UAW is dead set on suicide as well as corporatacide. May they get what they deserve.

  • avatar
    Kevin

    As long as there is still a domestic U.S. auto industry at all, the union’s job isn’t done.

  • avatar
    Juniper

    G6 sales are 57000 YTD thru April up 22%.
    The internet is a wonderful thing. Full of facts and truth if one is willing to look.

  • avatar
    menno

    I suppose they could have the Chinese quickly tool up a die for a “Pontiac” grill, dig out the dies for the old “Beaumont” (Canadian “Pontiac” / Malibu-in-drag from the 1960′s) and churn a few out… (tongue in cheek alert)

  • avatar
    menno

    But Juniper, you could tatoo a Chevrolet bow-tie (or Pontiac arrow emblem) on the ass of an Ass (donkey) and stand it in a GM showroom, and it’d sell to GM faithful.

    Just because the G6 actually sells to GM buyers doesn’t mean it’s worth 10 cents….

  • avatar
    jaje

    The G6′s greatest customers are Rental and Corporate Fleets – so that explains the increase in sales for such a dud. Don’t also forget the “retail” fleet sales from local dealers that count as GM’s retail #s.

  • avatar
    Raskolnikov

    “The G6’s greatest customers are Rental and Corporate Fleets – so that explains the increase in sales for such a dud. Don’t also forget the “retail” fleet sales from local dealers that count as GM’s retail #s.”

    Can you back this statement up with some links?

  • avatar
    P71_CrownVic

    There goes the greedy UAW again…murdering the US Auto industry.

  • avatar
    Geotpf

    Raskolnikov-The Pontiac G6 is 40.7% fleet, as of MY 2006 (probably higher now).

    http://www.automotive-fleet.com/Statistics/StatsViewer.aspx?file=http://www.automotive-fleet.com/fc_resources/stats/26-Registrations.jpg&channel=Vehicle-Research

  • avatar
    menno

    Wow, Geotpf, those numbers are awful. Yeah, I bet the numbers are significantly higher for the G6 now since I bet they are lower for the Malibu.

    As I wrote earlier, if GM wants to start having any chance of making a profit at all, maybe they need to actually try to cut back on some of of the crappier cars they produce in lieu of the better ones.

    I could add this too, and so I will; stop selling so much stuff to the rental agencies. If it isn’t making a profit, ditch it.

    It’s not brain surgery; these guys running GM are all supposedly bright-spark, highly educated brainiacs with degrees up the ying yang.

    But they can’t figure out stuff I learned in Junior College while taking Small Business Management classes at age 22 (back in the stone age).

  • avatar
    GS650G

    This a torpedo down a smokestack. Next comes a little more heat on the few lines that are selling well and it’s going to get hot over at RenCen

  • avatar
    Steve_K

    Yay Lake Orion! My Dad was one of the millwright’s who constructed the G6/Epsilon platform assembly line there! I LOL when people bash the G6 and praise the Malibu/Aura on driving dynamics. Interiors are another story…

    Dad has since taken one of the first buyouts and currently collects more pension than most college grads make starting out.

  • avatar
    Busbodger

    They prob have to build these cars to comply with their dealer agreements. (?)

  • avatar
    Busbodger

    Cheaper to build them knowing that eventually they will sell than paying workers to stay home and to idle factories?

  • avatar
    MikeInCanada

    Could someone help a brother out – with an explanation that is…..

    How can there be a ‘National’ contract which has been ratified and then a whole bunch of ‘local’ contracts? Does this mean that GM has to negotiate for each and every facility? Thanks for the feedback

  • avatar
    oldyak

    there is a really beautiful Saturn Astra coupe at a dealer that I pass buy every day now for a MONTH!!!!
    Dont they even have sense enough to rotate stock?
    This car should have been sold in one week at most???
    I am worried…….

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    MikeInCanada :
    May 5th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Could someone help a brother out – with an explanation that is…..

    How can there be a ‘National’ contract which has been ratified and then a whole bunch of ‘local’ contracts? Does this mean that GM has to negotiate for each and every facility? Thanks for the feedback

    My sentiments exactly. What is the purpose of a national contract when you then have to negotiate local contracts on top of that?

  • avatar
    Scottie

    Hooray!, I got Laid off within after their striking.

    Great, its hell at some suppliers now too because of their (UAW) inability to have a reasonable pay check.

    anyone want to go to either the delta twp plant or fairfax plant and throw eggs at the lazy bums?

  • avatar

    Could someone help a brother out – with an explanation that is…..
    How can there be a ‘National’ contract which has been ratified and then a whole bunch of ‘local’ contracts? Does this mean that GM has to negotiate for each and every facility? Thanks for the feedback

    I am not an autoworker nor a UAW member but in our union contract certain issues are designated as being negotiated on a local level. As an example how an employee puts in for leave and how it is allocated where I work in St Petersburg is different than it is 20 miles away in Tampa. Those designated issues are negotiated at the local level per our national contract. In our case that means that each local union negotiates with their local management counterpart and not with anybody on a national level.


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