Delphi Not a Done Deal

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

We've said it before: The Big 2.8 are on such shaky ground that it wouldn't take much to tip one or more into bankruptcy. While it's easy to focus on the big issues– UAW contracts, new products plans, foreign entanglements, etc.– a coupe de grace could come from any quarter. Automotive News [sub] reports that The International Union of Electronics Workers-Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA) have notified Delphi that they plan to terminate their contract with the bankrupt parts maker– a first step toward a possible October strike. It has also withdrawn permission given to Delphi to use temporary workers. It's hard to believe that the future of the entire American automotive industry could rest with 2000 employees (and one union boss), but not impossible. If Delphi goes dark in October, bad things will happen.

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  • Robbie Robbie on Jul 21, 2007

    Striking at a bankrupt parts maker? Can anyone speculate about the UAW strategy here - it cannot possibly be that they wish everyone to be out of a job?

  • Sherman Lin Sherman Lin on Jul 21, 2007

    Robbie its not the UAW

  • Shaker Shaker on Jul 22, 2007

    It would be a last great act of defiance...

  • Luther Luther on Jul 22, 2007

    “It has also withdrawn permission given to Delphi to use temporary workers.” What right do they have to grant or withdraw “permission” to Delphi? They have no ownership stake. Labor Laws that destroy property rights are killing off industry in the US. It would be like hiring someone to mow your lawn and after he mowed down your wifes prize rose bushes you can’t fire him…By the gimme-gimme, idiot-voter’s “law”. And worse...These Temp Workers are forced to pay union dues even though they are not union members...Talk about an extortion racket...John Gotti would be proud.