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Post by occasional demons » Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:39 pm

It’s also hitting shares of Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor since GM’s labor contract will serve as an outline for negotiations at its cross-town competitors. Fiat Chrysler’s stock also tumbled 10% during that time period, while Ford Motor declined 8%.
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Post by theColonel » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:32 am

GM plants in Mexico, Canada are operating as UAW strike drags on

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/08/gm-plan ... trike.html
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Post by occasional demons » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:47 pm

GM has enough of a worldwide presence, that it can remain in existence. Not as profitably, but it could remain in business, whether or not it made or sold another car in the US. The UAW does not have the leverage of a worldwide presence. GM pulls all of it's operations out, The UAW's paying membership becomes that much smaller.
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Post by theColonel » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:46 am

occasional demons wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:47 pm
GM has enough of a worldwide presence, that it can remain in existence. Not as profitably, but it could remain in business,
whether or not it made or sold another car in the US. The UAW does not have the leverage of a worldwide presence.
GM pulls all of it's operations out, the UAW's paying membership becomes that much smaller.
GM's high labor cost vs. competitors' (non-union) plants in the United States is their incentive to hold out. They can build
pickups and SUV's more profitably in Mexico and Canada for U.S. buyers. :cry:
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Re: Random posting

Post by occasional demons » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:16 pm

theColonel wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:46 am
occasional demons wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:47 pm
GM has enough of a worldwide presence, that it can remain in existence. Not as profitably, but it could remain in business,
whether or not it made or sold another car in the US. The UAW does not have the leverage of a worldwide presence.
GM pulls all of it's operations out, the UAW's paying membership becomes that much smaller.
GM's high labor cost vs. competitors' (non-union) plants in the United States is their incentive to hold out. They can build
pickups and SUV's more profitably in Mexico and Canada for U.S. buyers. :cry:
And American's will buy them.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:16 pm

occasional demons wrote:
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And American's will buy them.
Yup, since most Americans seem to really care only about price and not their country or their neighbors having a job.
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:27 am

Midnight_Rider wrote:
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And American's will buy them.
Yup, since most Americans seem to really care only about price and not their country or their neighbors having a job.
Well that goes both ways, as some people won't buy an "Import" that has more parts and labor made in America than a "Domestic", therefore not supporting their neighbors either.

Being a global economy is tricky business. But it's better than being a hermit kingdom.
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The GM workers' strike probably isn't worth it

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Re: The GM workers' strike probably isn't worth it

Post by occasional demons » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:23 am

Consider that employees had to go without a paycheck for more than four weeks. The differences in pay that they'll receive in the tentative agreement compared to what they would have gotten without a strike may only be enough to backfill what they've already sacrificed.
Exactly my thoughts on all of this. Not getting any further ahead, and in reality further behind adding in the stress and hardship on your family if applicable. If you are single, it is probably a lot simpler to go for over a month without pay, provided you are financially smart enough to have money in the bank for these things. Given a GM worker's wages, if you don't, then that's solely on you.

But if you are the primary wage earner supporting a family, it might not have been worth it.
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Post by INVUJerry » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:41 pm

Been a few interesting months in Johnsonville.

Went to h2oi in ocean city a few weeks ago and then back down to OC for the cruisin weekend. For h2o christy drove the wagon and I took the van. During cruisin weekend she went to New York so just me and the 2 youngest went to OC. Took a few pics but spent more time enjoying myself than snapping pics. Finally got an exhaust put on my 89 caravan with the 3.0 v6, it occasionally spits flames now lol.

Only issue we had is the wagon blew a brake line on the way back from OC. I crimped it with a pair of vice grips and Christy drove it the rest of the way home since I was driving the van.

Got distracted with other projects but Franks car should be back on the road this week.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:22 am

Thanks for sharing the pics!
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Post by occasional demons » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:26 am

Sam will be responsible for helping us continue the cost reduction initiatives we have been working on over the last year as well as evaluating our current supplier base and enhancing supplier development. In this new role, Sam will help Xxxx Xxxxxx establish a truly global footprint for sourcing materials.

From an internal blow smoke up your ass fluff memo of my employer.

They have been complaining that we can't get the domestic market to buy our stuff.

But this company won't buy domestic.

News flash: Neither will our domestic market. Of course only the little guy is expected to "Buy American" but just like taxes, big corporations are exempt. They won't support US businesses, but they sure expect everyone else to.
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Ford and Chevy Are Losing Buyers after Discontinuing Compact Cars

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Post by occasional demons » Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:41 am

There is a Rampage rotting into the ground on an obscure side street in a city near me. It looks like it has been sitting there for years, probably not much left of the underside. :(
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:59 pm

GREAT replacement for a Neon. Will pick one of these up slightly used in the future for sure.
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:00 pm

MyNeonSaysHi wrote:
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GREAT replacement for a Neon. Will pick one of these up slightly used in the future for sure.
https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/c ... -the-year/
Curious how well that 2 liter will hold up and the transmission....

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Post by JeremyJ » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:00 pm

They are super cool little cars. I'd have no issue bombing around in one. I hope the aftermarket jumps on them.
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:54 pm

Yeah for sure. I know the gen that came out a while ago, was not too impressed. Lots of kids with vapes own them. They are usually slammed with some sort horrible exhaust on them.
Would make a fun daily driver

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Post by JeremyJ » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:44 pm

A guy at work asked me about my car today. He didn't know anything about the SRT-4 and was surprised to hear it was turbocharged. It's always fun to educate people about the car. Especially since they're so rare anymore.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:43 am

I had to make a supermarket run on Thanksgiving Day. Since I seldom get to drive the SRT, it was really fun to have it out, especially being out of town where few see my car (it was scheduled to be at the dealership there in town the next day). A couple of teenagers really checked out the car as I drove by them to find a parking spot. After I used the fob to lock the car (horn honk), one of them had to use his remote to honk his horn as I walked by. LOL
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:21 am

I have used the settings to disable the door lock horn on the RKE on all my cars that have it. It's just one of those things that annoy me. I can hear the solenoids just fine.

It only disables the lock chirp, the panic button still works all too well.
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