The auto companies, by virtue of huge public investment and worker ownership, are being transformed into a new form of social enterprise.
It's auto showdown time. I'm hoping both union leaders and CAW members will be employing some new thinking as they truck on through the political and economic minefield ahead.
In demanding wage concessions of up to $19 an hour, auto company executives and the Harper government are hoping to deflect public anger for the economic meltdown onto those who assemble cars.
For half a century, the risk of catastrophe has loomed over the auto industry in Canada, those who work in the plants, their families and the communities where they live.
The auto industry is in crisis around the world, due to an unprecedented collapse in sales. Only in Canada and the United States have governments made auto assistance contingent on union concessions.
Canada faces its most severe economic crisis since the 1930s, and the Liberal Party -- the official opposition -- says nothing about what needs to be done to improve the economy.
In wildly swinging the axe as a solution to corporate woe, the downsizers are felling many trees -- but missing the forest.
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