With the auto union's contract set to expire at midnight, some members see cooperation with the automakers as essential to the union's survival given the industry's recent challenges.
According to the US Census, Michigan is the one state in the nation to see its population drop over the past decade. The steep decline in the auto industry is mostly to blame for driving people out.
The GM IPO raised $20 billion of the $49 billion that the federal government spent to bailout GM. But the finish line is still years away.
GM stock is trading again, after automaker's emergence from bankruptcy and a partial government takeover. But the debate goes on over the wisdom of the US bailout.