After Delphi Corp.'s bankruptcy filing, two rash notions surfaced: that the UAW is doomed and that U.S. supplier plants are likewise doomed. Not necessarily.
Look at Dundee, Mich., where DaimlerChrysler AG, Hyundai Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. just opened an engine plant. Their partnership, the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, will open another plant there next year.
The UAW's flexibility about work scheduling and job classifications made the Dundee project work. That may not save Big 3 pay rates and benefits for Delphi workers. But it shows that the UAW understands today's competitive realities and can respond to them effectively.