GM: No Cut Left Behind

gm no cut left behind

GM is doing whatever it can to tame its cash conflagration this week, as it seeks to survive another few weeks and prove to congress that it’s serious about shaping up. The Wall Street Journal reports that these efforts have crossed over from the sublime to the ridiculous (always closer than they seem), as everything from clock maintenance to escalator operation budgets are being slashed to save cash. So just how tight is GM cinching its belt? GM is eliminating clock maintenance, stopping RenCen escalator operation at 7pm, eliminating voice mail at plants, buying cheaper pencils, and next year it will reduce its press fleet and cancel its “Mark of Excellence” dealer award. Worst of all? “At GM’s metal-fabricating plant in Grand Blanc, Mich., Steve Bean, a union committeeman, said he recently had to tell workers they would have to wait until at least next year to get $270 stipends they were promised in order to buy T-shirts, hats or coats emblazoned with their union local.” On a more… significant front, Bloomberg reports that GM will seek to reduce its $43b in debt and renegotiate elements of its 2007 UAW contract as part of its restructuring plan which is due to Congress on December 2. Should GM exchange debt at levels less than the original value, Standard and Poors would consider those issues in default while not necessarily cutting the automaker’s overall debt rating, according to S&P analyst Robert Schulz. “A financial restructuring, along with government loans, is an alternative to bankruptcy,” says Schulz. “It doesn’t fix the economic environment, though, and it’s the economic conditions that are causing their cash burn.”

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  • EJ_San_Fran EJ_San_Fran on Nov 24, 2008

    How about slashing all salaries in half? Sounds drastic, but I've been involved with a Silicon Valley company, that did just that to survive. Did the employees complain? Sure, but they were glad to keep their jobs...

  • Ttilley Ttilley on Nov 24, 2008
    “At GM’s metal-fabricating plant in Grand Blanc, Mich., Steve Bean, a union committeeman, said he recently had to tell workers they would have to wait until at least next year to get $270 stipends they were promised in order to buy T-shirts, hats or coats emblazoned with their union local.” Perhaps the Local could provide the stipend...?

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  • Inside Looking Out Cadillac now associates with rap music. In the past it was all about rock'n'roll. Rap is environmentally friendlier than rock'n'roll.
  • EBFlex This is nothing compared to what Ford is doing. The fake lightning is seeing massive price increases for 2023. Remember how they self pleasured themselves about the fake lightning starting under $40k? In 2023, the price jumps by a very Tesla like $7,000. And that’s not the biggest price jump. And much less talked about, the government fleet discounts are going away. So for a basic 3.3L Explorer, the price is jumping $8,500. S basic F150 is also now $8,500 more. Im sure the same people that complained about the oil companies making “obscene profits” will say the same thing about Ford.
  • Bobbysirhan Sometimes it seems like GM has accepted that the customers they still have are never going to come to their senses and that there aren't any new dupes on the horizon, so they might as well milk their existing cows harder.
  • Buickman how about LowIQ?
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