The US car unions have made it clear they aren't going to make any concessions to their contracts with the car companies. The Japanese are making better, cheaper cars in the non-union south and Mexico. The Chinese are going to be shipping cheap cars soon. The unions are determined to join the ranks of the US consumer electronics industry, shoe and clothing industry, etc.. They'd rather close the industry and put them all on the dole, than concede any reductions in pay & conditions. The world has changed, and they haven't realised it.