I don't know many people who would line up to take over Rick Wagoner's job as CEO of General Motors these days.
I don't know anyone who would like to change places with Delphi CEO Steve Miller, who is trying to make Delphi and the entire auto industry come to terms with reality.
But the guy with the toughest job of all is Ron Gettelfinger, president of the UAW. He's in a no-win war.
Everybody knows the broad brushstrokes. The popular word is "rightsizing." And it will be painful for the auto industry and the nation.
Governments, local and federal, will need to start living within their means. Governments won't be able to pile on debt after debt. It will be painful for their employees and citizens.
But the UAW is something special. It has been around for more than half a century, and most of the time its members improved their lot with each contract.
Doug Fraser was head of the UAW when the union agreed to a wage rollback to help save Chrysler Corp. It was painful for Chrysler workers, but it saved the company, and before long those workers were back at parity with workers at GM and Ford.
But it is a different world, and Gettelfinger knows that.
So does everyone else in the top ranks of the UAW. But their constituents don't know it.
The challenge is to educate the workers about the dramatic change in the global automobile industry that is hitting everywhere, including Detroit and the rest of the nation.
The UAW has more retirees than active members by a wide margin, but retirees don't get to vote on contracts or changes in benefits because technically the UAW doesn't represent them.
But UAW retirees as well as active members will need to adjust to a new lifestyle, so the heads of the union will want to share that new reality with all interested parties.
White-collar workers will continue to share the pain of "rightsizing" along with the rest of their companies. Management ought to forget about big paychecks for the foreseeable future, not to mention bonuses.
Shareholders will pay part of the price, too, with minimal returns and little or no appreciation in stock price.
When the interested parties understand that they all must share the pain, Gettelfinger will have it a little easier. But not much. Not many would want his job.