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March 17, 2008
UAW Seeks Job Guarantees to End Strike at American Axle
The United Auto Workers is demanding job guarantees from American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. to end a 3-week-old strike.
General Motors has contracted hundreds of millions of dollars of new business annually with American Axle. The union wants those axles and other parts built in UAW-represented U.S. plants, not in Mexico, said a source close to the situation.

The union demanded similar new-work commitments to end strikes at GM and Ford Motor Co. last fall during master contract negotiations.

The job guarantees are needed to salve the pain of concessions the UAW must make at American Axle to bring wages and benefits more in line with the axle maker’s competitors, said Dave Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Plant investment is the quid pro quo,” he said.

American Axle CEO Richard E. Dauch is demanding that the 3,600 striking workers agree to cuts that would halve wages to about $14 an hour. That is the average wage paid by rival Dana Holding Corp.

The union is rightfully nervous that American Axle will move future GM work to its Mexican operations if progress isn’t made, Cole said.

Union sources say that is happening with axles that American Axle will supply for the redesigned 2009 Chevrolet Camaro. American Axle plans to ship Camaro axles almost 2,000 miles from its plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, to GM’s assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, they say.

“We’re not saying we are moving to Mexico,” American Axle spokeswoman Renee Rogers said. But without a U.S. cost-competitive wage structure, she warned, new programs could go to American Axle plants with a lower wage and benefit structure than the five company factories now on strike.

In addition to its Mexican plant, American Axle has four U.S. plants with a different, lower-compensation UAW contract that are not on strike.

Last year, American Axle idled a Buffalo, New York, plant that had expected to get the Camaro work. That plant is about 130 miles from Oshawa.

American Axle supplies axles for all GM pickups and SUVs built in North America.

The strike has idled seven GM assembly plants and hampered production at 22 other GM parts plants. It also has halted production of the Chevy Silverado and other light trucks.
 

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don't want to start a political debate...but this was in my email box the other day...seems appropriate.:patriot:



John Smith started the day early having set his
alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6 am.

While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA )was perking, he shaved with his electric razor(MADE IN HONG KONG ).

He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA )

After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA ) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.

After setting his watch(MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio
(MADE IN INDIA ) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY )
filled it with GAS (from Saudi Arabia ) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day
checking his Computer (Made In Malaysia ), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL )
poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE ) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA ), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA???
 

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don't want to start a political debate...but this was in my email box the other day...seems appropriate.:patriot:



John Smith started the day early having set his
alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6 am.

While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA )was perking, he shaved with his electric razor(MADE IN HONG KONG ).

He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA )

After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA ) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.

After setting his watch(MADE IN TAIWAN ) to the radio
(MADE IN INDIA ) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY )
filled it with GAS (from Saudi Arabia ) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day
checking his Computer (Made In Malaysia ), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL )
poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE ) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA ), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA???
Joe should go work at the docks... that's where the money is...imports. :lol:
 

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Joe should go work at the docks... that's where the money is...imports. :lol:
yes, if he was smart, that's where he'd look for a job.

Joe will drive his Camaro (made in Canada---no offense to our friends north of the border), to his job interview at the docks. He does a burnout out of the driveway and twists an axle (made in MEXICO). He ends up missing the interview and doesn't get the job.:BangHead::BangHead::patriot:
 

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More on this:

http://crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080407/SUB/804070312/1069

An earlier Dauch-UAW confrontation was a precursor to the current strike. It flared at the Buffalo Gear, Axle & Linkage plant in Buffalo, N.Y.

Workers there expected to build axles for the next-generation 2009 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car. But after the union local declined to agree to contract concessions, Buffalo employees were told in September 2006 that Camaro axles would be built elsewhere. A little more than a year later, American Axle idled its Buffalo plant.

The company hasn't said where the Camaro's axles will be built. The UAW suspects the work will go to an American Axle plant in Mexico. If so, American Axle must ship the axles almost 2,000 miles to Oshawa, Ontario, where the Camaro is assembled. The trip from Buffalo would have been 120 miles.

The UAW is on notice: Former hero Dauch will go the distance to get what he wants.
 

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UAW doesnt care long as they are getting 2hrs pay per month per employee
 
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