: GM Plans to Cut 25,000 U.S. Jobs by 2008

06-07-05, 10:06 AM
General Motors Corp. plans to eliminate 25,000 jobs in the United States by 2008 by closing additional assembly and components plants, part of a plan to revive its struggling North American operations. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/07/AR2005060700478_pf.html)

Wagoner focused on priorities for clarifying the role of each of GM's eight brands, intensifying efforts to reduce cost and improve quality and continuing to search for ways to reduce skyrocketing health care costs.

He noted that the company's current $1,500 per unit health-care expense puts GM at a "significant disadvantage versus foreign-based competitors," and said GM has conducted "intense discussions" with the unions about how to reduce health-care costs.

Here's a tarrif idea Sandy, let's create a 'health care tarrif' for any products that come from any nation that has a state funded health care system.

Either that, or we bust these unions.

06-07-05, 03:01 PM
We HAVE to level the playing field, in order to compete. If that means cutting out pensions, so be it. What ever has to be done, to even the expense of competing with our competition - has to be. Japan is here for good and China is coming. If we are going to allow them, we need to match them in benefits. Bitter pill, but Nixon, Clinton, Regan and Bush want them here ... so here they are.

06-08-05, 12:29 AM
I kinda like the idea of a healthcare tarrif. Or a national healthcare system, but we all know the chances of that actually materializing.

06-08-05, 10:26 AM
With cuts, GM shows UAW it means business (http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0506/08/A06-208211.htm)


06-08-05, 04:17 PM
Sandy is somewhat right iwht the leveling the playing field thing(just when is everything fair). When Japanese started making cars it was ahrd for them to compete because American companies were accustomed to be able to lay off people and save money. Till maybe 20 years ago layoffs in Japan were a big no no and disshonorable to employees. What they would do was when say toyota had low sales and Honda high sales, then Toyota would build cars for honda instead of laying off workers.

What kind of retirement plan does GM have because you have to think about that when you talk about health care. If it is low pay retirement then the workers need to save as much as they can oon health care to put towards healthcare when they are retired.