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Dodging the Ditches at GMnew

General Motors' Arlington plant is in the middle of an eight-week furlough. But even with a set return-to-work date, union members are worried about their jobs.
The Texas Observer  |  Michael Hoinski  |  07-02-2009  |  Business & Labor

GM's Bankruptcy Marks the End of an Era of Second-Best Arrogancenew

The truth is we all lose and, in a sense, it is the end of an era. But romanticizing GM's past, particularly the past several years, when we've watched it fall further and further behind Asian automakers in terms of affordability and technology isn’t healthy either.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Jennifer Hadley  |  06-16-2009  |  Business & Labor

Money, Arrogance and Stupidity = Disaster for American Auto Industrynew

Chapter 11 does not mandate that the Big 3 close their doors. It mandates that they restructure and cut costs, just like the airlines did. Yet the Big 3 continue to be bullheaded and refuse to consider this option.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Jennifer Hadley  |  12-08-2008  |  Business & Labor

Are We Really Ready for Life Without American Cars?new

Here's the thing about the American public: we never learn. We squeezed into the backseats of our moms' Pintos in the 1970s, then grew up to fill vast suburban parking lots with Expeditions and Yukons and Escalades. Then we freak out when gas hits $4 a gallon and blame U.S. automakers.
The Pitch  |  C.J. Janovy  |  12-02-2008  |  Economy

Why the Feds Must Bail Out General Motorsnew

Massive restructuring is needed, but the patient first has to be stabilized, by any means necessary. Otherwise, we will be looking at something very like the Great Depression.
Metro Times  |  Jack Lessenberry  |  11-20-2008  |  Economy

Web of Hummer Hatred: The Monster Truck Wars are Over, and the Greens Wonnew

By almost any measure, the Hummer haters have won. These behemoths are languishing on the sales floor. General Motors, which owns the Humvee brand, says sales in the first half of 2008 were about half of what they were at the 2006 peak of 71,524.
New Haven Advocate  |  Adam Bulger  |  07-01-2008  |  Transportation

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