Wild Ass Rumor of the Day: GM Bailing Out American Axle
As the American Axle (AA) strike stretches into its second week, Automotive News [sub] reports that GM may be considering bailing out yet another troubled supplier. Thus far, GM has claimed the Axle-caused work stoppages gave them an opportunity to trim bloated truck and SUV inventories. But as the strike begins to halt all of GM's high profit North American truck production, and hobbles hundreds of other suppliers, this shit is getting serious. Negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and American Axle management are deadlocked. American Axle wants to cut UAW wages in half across the board, from $28/hr to $14/hr. The only viable scenario at this point: the now-standard package of buyouts, buydowns and flowbacks. Once GM has finished buying out enough of its own workers, it could move the holdout American Axle workers to its own payroll, freeing AA management to hire new employees at the now-competitive rate of $14/hr. But isn't the point of GM's buyout program to trim its payroll fat? And hasn't GM already blown its bailout budget on Delphi? Chapter 11 if they do, Chapter 11 quicker if they don't.
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