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UAW to Own 55% of Chrysler

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers are about to own Chrysler. In exchange for a variety of concessions, the union will eventually get a 55% majority share in the automaker, according to a summary of the restructuring deal, which was sent to union leaders late last night and reviewed by the Wall ... More »

GM to Cut 21K US Factory Jobs

Firm restructuring in bid for more government aid

(Newser) - General Motors will cut 21,000 US factory jobs by next year, phase out its Pontiac brand, and ask the government to take company stock in exchange for half of GM's government debt as part of a major restructuring effort needed to get more government aid, the firm said today.... More »

UAW Cuts Deal With Chrysler, Fiat, US Treasury

(Newser) - Auto workers cut a new agreement with Chrysler today that brought the automaker closer to a partnership deal with Fiat, the Wall Street Journal reports. Agreeing to lower health care benefits for retirees, United Auto Workers called the "concessionary agreement" painful but said it met President Obama's rigorous... More »

Chrysler May File for Bankruptcy Next Week

(Newser) - Chrysler is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week, the New York Times reports. The best-case scenario for survival: Chrysler will strike a deal with its lenders, file for bankruptcy protection to shed liabilities, then merge its strongest assets with Fiat. If those deals fall through, the... More »

GM Aims for Fastest Possible Bankruptcy

Treasury directed GM to prep for Chapter 11 as options dwindle

(Newser) - General Motors is in high gear, the New York Times reports, prepping for a possible bankruptcy that would allow the company to reorganize and emerge from protection in as little as 2 weeks. Since the Treasury Department instructed the automaker to prepare for a bankruptcy filing by June 1, in... More »

GM to Miss Restructuring Deadline, Win Extension

Seeks one month extension to allow negotiations with UAW, bondholders

(Newser) - General Motors, about to miss its March 31 deadline for completing the cost-cutting restructuring plan it submitted to the government, is expected to get a 30-day extension, reports the Wall Street Journal. Though the UAW has agreed to shed 7,600 jobs at GM next week, and another 10,000... More »

In Bankruptcy Maneuver, GM May Split in 2

If GM faces Chapter 11, a splitting of the company could avert disaster

(Newser) - General Motors executives and Treasury officials alike seem adamant that the company should avoid Chapter 11 bankruptcy at all costs, but bankruptcy scenarios are already crystallizing behind the scenes, BusinessWeek reports. One option calls for splitting the company into a “good GM,” which would emerge from bankruptcy with... More »

Bankruptcy Not the Way to Go: GM Boss

Wagoner maintains 99% of problems can be solved without filing

(Newser) - GM can still avoid bankruptcy, CEO Rick Wagoner said today, telling reporters in Washington that "99%" of the company’s problems could be fixed and that he was working with the UAW and bondholders to reduce debt and costs. Bankruptcy “could work,” he said, “but it... More »

Ford-UAW Deal Shows Detroit the Way Forward

Compromise reveals Detroit's 'dinosaurs' can adapt to survive

(Newser) - The deal hammered out between Ford and the UAW offers Detroit a rare glimpse of hope for the future, Jim Jelter writes in MarketWatch. The deal, ratified by workers yesterday, lets Ford pay half its health-care costs for workers in shares instead of cash, binding workers fortunes' closer to the... More »

Obama Auto Team in Detroit Considering $22B More in Aid

GM and Chrysler, both facing collapse, woo more taxpayer dollars

(Newser) - With the specter of bankruptcy looming over General Motors and Chrysler, President Obama’s auto team is in Detroit today as it considers whether to give the companies $22 billion more in bailout cash, the Wall Street Journal reports. The field trip will include visits to production and engineering facilities... More »

Detroit Bailout Proposals: Disappointing, Incomplete

Chrysler, GM offer no plans to get people to buy their cars

(Newser) - GM and Chrysler now want another $22 billion from Washington—and propose to use dramatic job cuts to help right their respective ships. What both companies avoid, writes economist Susan Helper for the New Republic, is an appraisal of the real problem: Nobody wants to buy their cars. Rather than... More »

GM: Give Us More Money or We'll Go Bankrupt

GM, Chrysler working to prepare turnaround plans before Tuesday deadline

(Newser) - General Motors will put Congress between a rock and a hard place when it presents its turnaround plan next week, reports the Wall Street Journal. Insiders say the automaker will ask for at least another $5 billion in loans on top of the $13.4 billion already received to keep... More »

Ford Reports Record $14.6B Loss for 2008

The nation's No. 2 automaker says it has enough cash and credit available for 2009

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. today reported its worst year in its 105-year history, driving through more than $5.9 billion in cash in the fourth quarter on its way to a $14.6 billion loss for the year, reports Bloomberg. The company said it had enough cash reserves and credit available... More »

Bush Loan Could Crush Once-Powerful UAW

Union takes benefits "equal" to nonunion workers

(Newser) - Washington's $17.4 billion loan to Detroit automakers may inflict a death blow to one of America's most powerful unions, the Washington Post reports. The loan requires UAW workers to accept pay and benefits “equal” to those of nonunion workers, a stipulation that undermines the union's purpose, analysts say.... More »

Bailout First Skirmish in GOP, UAW Battle

(Newser) - The defeat of the Detroit bailout bill by Senate Republicans is seen by some in Washington as a preemptive strike against organized labor, the Los Angeles Times reports. The GOP framed their opposition partly as a message to the United Auto Workers, claiming high wages were the cause of Detroit’... More »

UAW, Republicans Blame Each Other on Bailout

Gettelfinger says he felt he was being 'set up'

(Newser) - The UAW and opponents of the failed Detroit bailout blamed each other today for the impasse, the New York Times reports. GOP Sen. Bob Corker says the rescue plan could have been salvaged if the UAW had listened to him. "I offered him a solution," he said of... More »

Dark Day for Detroit

Bailout collapse leaves state fretting over future

(Newser) - Detroit's bailout has crashed and burned, casting a pall on Michigan's future, the Detroit Free Press writes. The state knows the pain that comes with tough times in the auto industry all too well, and it's "incredible" that any American lawmaker "could want to watch these hard times... More »

Chrysler Hires Bankruptcy Firm

Privately owned automaker preparing for Chapter 11 should feds not help out

(Newser) - Chrysler has contracted a law firm to help it prepare for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports. The hiring of Jones Day suggests the automaker faces immediate failure if Congress decides to deny financial assistance to Detroit automakers. Jones Day has experience in automotive matters and has represented the United... More »

UAW Bends to Boost Bailout

Concessions meant to help Big Three win financial help from feds

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers agreed today to concessions that may help Detroit get $34 billion in federal assistance, the Detroit News reports. The union’s job bank—which pays eliminated employees 95% of their base salaries—will be suspended, and the UAW will delay billions in payments to its health... More »

Put the Brakes on Car Chiefs' Pay: UAW Boss

Loans necessary to escape temporary bind, he adds

(Newser) - The nation's Big Three automakers should pledge to limit executive pay—including bonuses and severance packages—in exchange for federal money, insists the president of the United Auto Workers. Ron Gettelfinger warned that everyone is going to have to tighten his belt, including the rank-and-file, in order to save jobs.... More »

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