Labour costs were not the key problem in the Detroit Three's crisis. And cuts in labour costs have not been the key reason, or even a major reason, for the subsequent improvement in their performance.
Is it possible that the GM bail-out is a case of real-life experience that has gone so far off the rails that it's actually nudging us toward an entirely new paradigm?
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This week's Audit looks at economic accountability from Goldman Sachs to contractors involved in the economic stimulus package.
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.
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.
The old-style auto industry is on a highway to hell, and it's taking us down with it, one way or another.