The Gm Uaw Rift Threatens Productivity

For more than six months, relations between General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers have been deteriorating. Harsh words are understandable at a company that's in the midst of closing 21 plants and cutting 74,000 jobs. But in the past month or so, relations between management and the uaw have sunk to levels not seen since the recession of the early 1980s. The resulting acrimony could place GM's long-term competitiveness at risk: To match the quality and productivity of its Japanese rivals, the company needs active cooperation on the shop floor.

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