If you've been reading the headlines this week, you've probably seen stories about the big 3 planning to push for pay and benefit cuts totaling 30%. Often the headline is accompanied by a sub-headline saying the United Auto Workers and the Big 3 are headed for a collision course. Folks, get ready for a long hot summer of posturing, trial contract offers being floated, and the yes, the very real possibility that we could see a work stoppage.
What many of you don't know is that many of the parties involved have been telling their side of the story to reporters in off-the-record briefings designed to give reporters facts, figures, and scenarios to support the case for how the next contract should be structured. on top of that, there are people talking to reporters off the record to "spin" their particular approach. From all of these discussions, I've reached some early conclusions.