CAW Kingpin Buzz Hargrove: GM NEEDS Us on That Wall
Call it a pre-emptive attempt to steal GM's thunder, call it a veiled threat, call it a bluff. No matter what you call it, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Prez Buzz Hargrove is once again out there (in every sense of the word) discussing GM's future plans for the new Oshawa plant. GM's already set-up Oshawa as the focal point for GM's new rear wheel-drive architecture; the factory's currently readying the 2009 Camaro. But GM Car Czar Bob Lutz threw a major spanner in the works by announcing that new federal fuel economy regs could mean that the next gen Chevy Impala will probably be a front wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle. An FWD Impala could well sound the death knell for Oshawans, as production of future RWD Cadillacs has already been shifted back to Lansing, Michigan. Of course, the prospect has done nothing to diminish the Union Kingpin's sense of entitlement. "There's an obligation on the part of General Motors to put new product in there," Buzz pronounced to CTV. "What that will be, we don't know." I admire Buzz' gumption. With new CAFE standards favoring FWD, the soaring Loonie, high gas prices and GM's multi-ga-jillion dollar debt, Buzz is about to enter negotiations with approximately no leverage.
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