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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:22 PM

 

Union Strikes, plant closes

What % of GM does the UAW own anyway? Did they just do this to their own people?

http://www.wnem.com/story/20971218/delphi-flint-east-to-close

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librabear Feb 2013 OP
FBaggins Feb 2013 #1
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mike_c Feb 2013 #2
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Response to librabear (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:27 PM

1. Delphi isn't part of GM any longer.

Not for some years now.

On edit... I see that some of that has changed again since I last spoke to an employee there.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:40 PM

3. Why strike if the plant is closing?

 

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Response to librabear (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 12:30 PM

2. no, they didn't...

From the article you linked, but perhaps didn't read:

The announcement comes shortly after UAW Local 651 members voted to authorize a strike against the automaker. Officials say the decision to cease operations at the site was made before that vote took place.

also:

Laid off workers will be eligible for state unemployment and GM supplemental jobless benefits. Currently, GM has 6 different facilities in Genesee County. With Tuesday's announcement, the number will drop to four in November. Two weeks ago, GM announced it will close the Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center.

The auto company wants to consolidate the operations at the plant into other facilities. More than 350 employees will be affected, but they won't lose their job.

Instead they will be offered employment at other plants. That plant will close in July.


It appears this is structural reorganization initiated by GM management.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:44 PM

4. One of the Last Reorgs

When Delphi was spun off nobody wanted it. Banks would not back the move and private investors wanted nothing to do with it. Then GM sweetened the pot with the employees pension included in the deal. They had to beat back the sharks after that. All anybody wanted from that company was the employees pension plan. It made no logical reason to split from GM, and most people saw the ploy as it was. It's spin off was all about making Delphi Board and Senior Managers rich, nothing else. After the spin of, restructuring called for lay offs. They wanted 20% of labor layoffs, all the while during that same stretch, they were hiring Management at 15%.

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