After quick rounds with Ford and the Chrysler group, the Canadian Auto Workers union and General Motors needed almost every minute before a strike deadline last week to cut a deal.
In the end, GM followed the pattern set by its rivals, after complaining at first about an increase in pension costs for the three-year deal.
The CAW gave up about 1,000 jobs and got no guarantee that a transmission plant in Windsor, Ontario, with 1,500 workers will stay open.
Pension costs and an excess of plants will be the key issues when the Big 3 sit down with the UAW to hash out new contracts in 2007. There's no guarantee the ending will be as peaceful.