How GM can survive

To be a little fair, these guys are stuck with the UAW contracts that they inherited along with the tradition of rolling over and playing dead every
time contract time came up. If you are going to criticize GM management for not playing hard-ball with the UAW over ridiculous salary/benefit demands and putting up with poor work practices for way too long, you will get no argument here. Granted it was a long time ago, but go read the book called RivitHead by Ben Hamper who worked for GM (UAW) in Flint in the early 80's if you want to learn a bit more about the seeds of the GM situation today.
Not one good word can be said about Smith, on the other hand. Total ass-hole. Total.
That GM's system allowed someone like him to be put in charge is an obscenity.

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General Motors Corp. reported a first-quarter loss of $323 million Thursday, the sixth straight quarterly loss for the world's largest automaker which is in the midst of an overhaul that includes hefty job cuts
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However the stockholder report say the NA vehicles sales showed a profit for the quarter of 4.5 million.
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You can believe whatever you choose
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DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. reported a first-quarter loss of $323 million Thursday, the sixth straight quarterly loss for the world's largest automaker which is in the midst of an overhaul that includes hefty job cuts within its critical North American operations.
But the loss for the January-March period was smaller than its $1.3 billion loss in the first quarter of 2005. Revenue rose 14 percent and the loss in North America narrowed. GM's shares rose more than 9 percent in midday trading.
The automaker, which lost $10.6 billion in 2005, is in the midst of a major restructuring that calls for cutting 30,000 jobs by 2008.
The first quarter loss amounts to 57 cents per share versus a loss of $2.22 per share a year earlier.
Included in the first-quarter results was a one-time pretax charge of $1 billion for expenses related to a recent settlement that requires hourly retirees to pay more for their health care. GM must contribute $3 billion to a fund for retiree health care by 2011.
GM said its global market share was flat compared with the first quarter of 2005, at 13 percent. GM's U.S. sales were down 5 percent in the January-March period.
GM said its adjusted loss, excluding special items such as the Suzuki sale but including the health care charge, was $529 million, or 94 cents per share.
GM's struggling North American division reported a loss of $946 million, compared with a loss of $1.5 billion a year ago.
GM's financial arm, General Motors Acceptance Corp., earned $605 million for the quarter, down from $728 million a year ago as mortgage earnings took a hit due to higher interest rates. Mortgage earnings slipped by more than half to $206 million. GM recently completed an agreement to sell 51 percent of GMAC to an investor group for $14 billion, but doesn't expect to record revenues from the sale until the fourth quarter.
GM hasn't provided earnings guidance since last April, and Henderson said the company has no plans to provide guidance for the rest of this year. Henderson said it would be inappropriate for GM to issue guidance until it comes to a resolution with auto supplier Delphi Corp. over wages and other issues.
Delphi, GM's former parts division and largest supplier, wants to lower hourly workers' wages and has asked a federal bankruptcy court to throw out its union contracts. Delphi, GM and the United Auto Workers union are in talks about a wage deal that could include payments from GM to supplement wages.
Henderson said the three parties are continuing to talk and he is confident they will reach a resolution without a strike, which could be devastating for GM.
"A Bankruptcy might be an option, we just have to see what happens in the coming weeks"
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