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>The crux of it is the strike pits dwindling ranks of assemply line workers against GM, which is>investing in a manufacturing process called modular assembly. >GM would buy (modules) from suppliers who not only manufacture and deliver them,>but also install them on vehicles on GM assembly lines.>>It would virtually wipe out most factory jobs.>>Umillt If you mean the that this strike is about GM's intent to use this "modular assembly" you speak of, you are sorrily mistaken and I would take a serious look at whatever source told you that. It is apparent that you've not had much exposure to a GM/UAW contract, so let me enlighten you. It is EXTREMELY difficult to eliminate jobs by doing what you are saying. The contract states that jobs CAN NOT be eliminated due to a technological advance. That may surprise you, but the UAW is all about preserving numbers of jobs. And the bit about outside suppliers coming into a GM plant and doing the labor? PLEASE!! That part is definitely unheard of in the UAW world. There are other ways to cut heads, however. For instance, not every retirement needs to be replaced. Different contracts use different numbers (1 for every 2 or 3, or 3 of 4, etc.). My point is, you make it sound as if GM will have it easy cutting labor numbers. Not true. Anyway, file that piece about modular assembly in your back pocket for a while.
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