At this time yesterday morning,I boldly and unequivocally blogged about my belief that GM and the UAW would avoid a strike and agree on a new contract. If you read that and then, just a few hours later, saw me interview striking workers in Warren, Michigan, you probably said to yourself, "boy did he get that wrong!"
So what happened?
The biggest reason is the stand the UAW has taken over job security. Having lost 38,000 jobs at GM in its last contract, the union wants guarantees the automaker will keep open U.S. plants and guarantee UAW jobs. GM will give a bit on this, but not to the degree the UAW is seeking.