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Subject: Re: Poll: OT: GM Survival Poll Date: 4/4/2006 12:05 PM
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I never lived in MI, or worked for GM, but I do have a connection to GM: for about 4 years, in the early 1980s, I did the water treatment for a GM assembly plant (I worked for a water treatment company, and did the in-plant service for customers, who bought our chemicals). I took care of their boilers and steam systems. I traced the steam system throughout the plant, and met many workers, so I got to see how things were done.

Unless things have changed radically (and I don't think they have), GM's mindset was totally ossified. The union prescribed every motion, and both managers and workers accepted this control. Nobody would lift a finger to make improvements, because the system forbade inintiative.

I agree with Loki: GM will go into BK. I expect it will survive, after the union (and the obligations) have been dumped. Whether it will survive, for the long term, depends upon whether the reconstituted GM acquires world-class attitudes (of innovation and quality), or remains in its decades-old, habituated mindset.

Wendy

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