Hargrove: "Cerberus Misled Us"
CAW President Buzz Hargrove has been in a feisty mood lately. After telling all of Detroit where it can stick two-tier wages, Hargrove got personal with Cerberus Capital Management, owners of Chrysler LLC. Bloomberg reports that Hargrove is irate at the three-headed hedge fund over promises its president made while seeking support for its purchase of Chrysler. Cerberus President Steve Feinberg had "promised that they weren't going to slice and dice and sell,'' Hargrove said in an interview. But with Chrysler cutting tens of thousands of jobs and slashing its model line, the CAW leader smells betrayal. "We were misled," says Hargrove, "(Feinberg's) trying to cut his way to profitability, as opposed to grow(ing) the business… (he) has never met with us since then to explain the shift in thinking." Of course, most people don't expect private equity groups like Cerberus to operate accountably, and strip-and-flip rumors have been plentiful since the Cerberus takeover. So what finally made Hargrove think that Cerberus wouldn't make good on its promises? The axing of Chryslers Pacifica CUV. Thats right, Hargrove calls the cancellation is "very concerning" because the crossover segment is hot at the moment and "they discontinued it without having a replacement." Anyone think Buzz ever looks at the sales numbers?