American Axle Negotiations Break Down. Again.

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
american axle negotiations break down again

American Axle (AA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) are still talking– but only over the phone. Formal (as in FTF) negotiations ended on Monday. According to American Axle, that's when "the UAW sent its negotiators home." The UAW said they left the table because discussions were "still pretty much a one-way street [and] the company really hadn't changed their position at all." Talks are supposed to resume today, but a resolution is not expected. The Indianapolis Business Journal quotes labor law professor David Gregory, who reckons both the UAW and AA are in it for the long haul. "This has got the makings of a protracted strike. It's already a serious strike, but this could go into April." If that happens, GM will be in a world of hurt, as will a lot more of their other suppliers. It seems The General is using the strike to reduce bloated truck inventories, but the plan could backfire if either the UAW or AA refuse an eventual GM bailout. Watch this space.

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  • CarShark CarShark on Mar 13, 2008

    mikey, how about a post not filled with the same tired protectionist rhetoric? Just because you won't be "well paid" as a low-skilled worker doesn't mean that our way of life is going to be destroyed. It just means you'll have to...*gasp* harder for it. Gimme a break.

  • Mikey Mikey on Mar 13, 2008

    Your right CarShark your life wil not be destroyed,but it will be impacted.

  • Captain Tungsten Captain Tungsten on Mar 13, 2008

    I don't think getting a bailout is AA's primary plan.... They are already building axles for GM's Mexican operations.

  • Axlestriker Axlestriker on Mar 18, 2008

    Union brothers and sisters - look around you. We've lost this one and need to cut our losses. My broker called and said that Axle is already planning to close the US plants and move all the work. Our leadership has sold us up a river and the only losers will be use AAM strikers. We'll soon be out of money, out of a job, and out of luck because we are unwilling to bend or work through the issues. I wish the outcome could be rosier, but trust me when I say Dick Dauch has the money and stamina to outlast us and don't expect GM to bail us or them out. This is actually a good thing for GM to trim their inventory. Take my advice and start looking for new employment now before the rest of our 3500 brothers and sisters have to also. Those who act the quickest will reap the best opportunities.