The United Auto Workers and General Motors were partners in the planning and creation of Saturn when the new division began. In this 31-minute video, the two chief negotiators, Don Ephlin from the UAW and Reid Rundell from GM, tell how America’s most famous partnership developed. The give and take at a weekly team meeting and interviews with assembly-line workers, union officers, and line managers show how the partnership functioned in its golden age. Critics like Victor Reuther tell why they opposed the partnership.
- "A dynamic video for discussion in management classes. It raises a host of significant and lively issues for discussion, and the video does this in a most equitable way."
- - Stephen Fuller, Professor of Management, University of Ohio
- "This documentary presents in a most competent and worthwhile way a very significant step ... taken by the world's largest manufacturing corporation."
- - Jaroslav Vanek, Professor of Economics, Cornell University
- "A most interesting summary of one of the most important new labor- relationship management models of the past 20-30 years in the auto industry."
- - David Cole, Director, Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation, University of Michigan
- "An excellent video ... It shows how the most advanced methods of labor- management cooperation and quality improvement can create a world-class result."
- - John Simmons, Labor Consultant, Participation Associates, Chicago
- Rating -- "No punches are pulled in explaining that historically GM had a reputation for being a very hard-nosed employer that treated its employees like robots, disciplined them harshly, and was willing to endure a very costly strike in lieu of compromising over a difference of a single penny per hour in wages."
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