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I like the little note that Uaw workers get paid even when the plant is shut down. No wonder they don't give a shit if the place is going to close. Fucking scum bags.
Is it the hourly workers fault that there is an inventory control issue?

THAT is the reason that particular bit has been in contracts for years.

Now, as an example, all of your workers show up for work Monday morning. But you fail to bring materials for them to do their job. That means you have to send them home until you get the materials together and on site. Do you pay them during that time period?

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1. A decision by German automaker Daimler AG to suspend vehicle production at 14 automotive plants due to poor economic conditions will not affect the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance.

Daimler AG officials said the shutdown, which will last from Dec. 12 to Jan. 12, will be confined to plants within Germany and will have no bearing on the company's North American operations.

2. Porsche has stopped production for one month

3. Fiat to shut most Italy plants for a month
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Published: December 16, 2008

ROME: Fiat Group said Tuesday that it would for the first time shut down most of its Italian plants for a month, laying off nearly 50,000 workers for an extended holiday as it copes with the precipitous drop in demand for new autos.

The shutdowns through mid January affect 14 of Fiat's 20 Italian plants, and 48,000 blue collar workers out of its nearly 80,000-strong Italian work force.

4. Renault has halted production at the Le Mans plant for several weeks.

More automakers are likely to follow.
But...But...But...I thought it was all the UAW's fault? I didn't know the UAW was in Germany, France, Italy.

And what are these confusing "demand" and "inventory" terms. They have NOTHING to do with legacy pensions. How can they have impact on the auto industry. I think they are hiding something.

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Hah, they will be so anxious to get rid of those things, they will have used car crushers installed at each dealership (the ones left standing)........
I had a conversation on this very subject at lunch today. I would not be surprised if someone thought of a "buyback" for older vehicles that took all the cheap "buy here-pay here" type cars, offered either a tax credit or a tradein credit and crushed hundreds of thousands of them to pull them off the market and start moving the 3-8 year old lease returns through the system and opening up the market again.

That would help the dealer networks, instantly raise the general CAFE averages and take a bunch of "less safe" cars off the road. While I don't endorse the concept, I can see it happening.

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I had a conversation on this very subject at lunch today. I would not be surprised if someone thought of a "buyback" for older vehicles that took all the cheap "buy here-pay here" type cars, offered either a tax credit or a tradein credit and crushed hundreds of thousands of them to pull them off the market and start moving the 3-8 year old lease returns through the system and opening up the market again.

That would help the dealer networks, instantly raise the general CAFE averages and take a bunch of "less safe" cars off the road. While I don't endorse the concept, I can see it happening.
It is a wonder of theses modern times that you manage to ingest enough food to sustain yourself what with all of your lunchtime conversations! Who does all of the talking?

If they do decide to hunt the dinosaurs down, I suggest they use Google 'street view' to see who's got what cars parked outside. Technical time saver, yanno?

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It is a wonder of theses modern times that you manage to ingest enough food to sustain yourself what with all of your lunchtime conversations! Who does all of the talking?
It depends on the conversation. Since there are usually six or eight at the table, and we talk/eat for an 90 minutes, we cover much ground.

It is quite often like BWOT in that there are several conversations going on at the same time and sometimes food gets thrown.

And at least one guy has to get driven home about once every two weeks [the local DA most likely would not like him coming back to work in his enhanced state]

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