DETROIT — General Motors did almost everything wrong last fall when it announced a plan to close five North American plants. The automaker came across as callous and greedy, and it inexplicably looked unprepared for the widespread backlash that followed.
GM’s strategy throughout the UAW’s strike, in contrast, has seemed much more thoughtfully planned. More than three weeks in, GM has lost plenty of money, but it hasn’t let that short-term concern change its approach.
The result is that most of the pressure to make a deal falls on the union’s side of the bargaining table.
The two sides went back and forth in public statements Thursday and Friday that blamed each other for the lack of a resolution.
GM said it’s still waiting for a response to the comprehensive offer it made four days earlier. Yet the UAW accused GM of “releasing half-truths” and “purposely stalling the process to starve UAW-GM workers off the picket lines to protect millions of dollars of corporate bonuses.”