Delphi neighbors rooting for its workers' success
The 2,000 employees at Delphi Steering Systems across the river in Limestone County have been living under a cloud for years, but it's never been darker than it is now.
Delphi's chief executive officer is pleading for help from General Motors and the United Auto Workers. Help us, he said, or we declare bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy would be bad news for GM and UAW leaders. It would be tragic for our neighbors who work at Delphi. The plant has been a money loser for years. It is hard to imagine a scenario in which a bankruptcy did not result in the plant's closure or sale.
The workers' frustration must be immense. They have worked hard both before the storm clouds rolled in and after. Their productivity is not the problem. Unrealistic management decisions are.
Workers, we need you for economic reasons. More importantly, however, we need you because you are our neighbors.