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Introducing the Chevrolet SSN and Chrysler IRS

Posted by Bill Griffith  April 30, 2009 02:09 PM

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chevy-ssn-parody.jpgThe upcoming Camaro Social Security Number, rendered in the logo style of the departed SSR. ( Photo Illustration/GM)

It’s hard to grasp the complexities of the GM and Chrysler corporate reorganizations, but here’s hoping the government comes up with an exit strategy for selling its predicted 50 percent share of GM and 10 percent share of Chrysler.  More important, let’s hope  there’s something left to sell off.   I’d much rather see a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette or Volt than a US-version of the former Soviet Union’s government-produced Ladas and Volgas.

If the United Auto Workers indeed wind up with 55 percent of Chrysler and 39 percent of GM, the workers will be in a bizarre position.  Instead of trying to cut a better deal with management, they’ll be management, with the tough task of trying to make enough to fund their pension and medical costs.

Here’s hoping a leadership group emerges to get the companies moving forward.  Somehow, it’s hard to imagine this scenario being part of MBA classes in the past.

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10 comments so far...
  1. I don't understnd the point of the headline and then the story. Is this supposed to be some 'funny' right wing slap at the unions? strange how right wing funny is always about how the middleclass people ar egetting to 'uppity'... may if had more regular folks running things over the last several decades, rather than the brilliant MBA's, the mess GM and chrysler are in wouldnt have materialized.

    Posted by PeteM May 1, 09 02:50 PM
  1. Only The Globe would allow such nonsense to be posted on a "news" site. Let the paper and disappear. The attraction to read either now is only for the same reasons people watch poorly done disaster movies or NASCAR.

    Posted by Robert II May 1, 09 06:51 PM
  1. The UAW and the US Government now own GM and Chrysler. The UAW and the US Government broke GM & Chrsler. Now, they own them.

    Posted by M C May 2, 09 10:17 AM
  1. The government did not break GM AND CHRYSLER . They broke themselves by not adjusting to the changing times and ignoring warnings. Many years ago the swiss watchmakers controlled 90% of all watch sales in the world. When an upstart american presented them an opportunity to make LED watches they laughed at him and told him to go away. LED watches now represent 70% off all watch sales and the Swiss are reeling. Lesson learned. GM and CHRYSLER are outdated dinousaurs and they need to either go out of business or be taken over by someone that will change the companies into a profit making business again.

    Posted by Paul May 3, 09 09:47 PM
  1. PeteM, brilliant observations about the pinhead MBA's Go back to the day the MBA was created and map the downfall of America as a leader of the industrialized world.

    Posted by itzmikey May 4, 09 01:58 PM
  1. Story should have been in the "opinion/editorial" section. Not Autos.
    You have to read the caption under the photo to understand the pun headline.

    Posted by Golus May 4, 09 02:17 PM
  1. Pete, you clearly do not understand the issues. Maybe these companies would not have been run into the ground if the UAW didn't have the "brilliant MBA's" by the balls. Take economics 101 and realize that unions are the biggest drain on the economy, they had their time now they are redundant.

    Posted by P D May 5, 09 07:50 AM
  1. yes! spot on about those dubious MBA's who sought higher learning while pinheads like you were stocking shelves at Costco and drinking your paychecks 40 oz. at a time!

    Posted by Andy R May 5, 09 09:14 AM
  1. Robert II , why you hatin' on the Globe so much? You having a bad year? Need a whipping boy? You have added no value to this topic.

    Posted by Too Many Bills May 5, 09 01:26 PM
  1. Amazing how non-union companies like Toyota & Nissan don't need government saving them.

    Any industry expert will tell you that the higher costs (salaries, pensions, healthcare, retirement) due to the unions, combined with lack of competitive vehicles is what drove GM and Chrysler to the brink.

    Posted by Common Sense May 5, 09 03:43 PM

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