Vanderbilt Law Review

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In July 1985 General Motors entered into an agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) setting forth the terms and conditions of a future automobile facility, known as the Saturn Corporation, in Spring Hill, Tennessee. General Motors and the UAW view this project as an unprecedented achievement in "union-management partnership." The goal of the Saturn project is to maintain General Motors'viability as a domestic enterprise through an agreement to build a new subcompact car in the United States. This partnership between the corporation and the UAW will include employee participation and enhanced job security. Faced with mounting competition from overseas and with uncertain prospects in the United States, General Motors agreed to restructure the workplace in exchange for economic concessions from its employees.' In accordance with a long and productive collective bargaining relationship, General Motors purposefully re-quested the UAW's input and suggestions in the corporation's economic decision to relocate its subcompact facility in Tennessee.