General Motors Corp. still doesn't have a new labor deal with the United Auto Workers union, but GM President and Chief Operating Officer G. Richard Wagoner Jr. tells Ward's he likes what he sees in negotiations so far compared to bargaining in 1996. “Up to this point we've moved a little more expeditiously through subcommittees and I think progress was greater. I think the tone is better, and that's due to a lot of things. But I'd have to say that the heavy sledding is still upon us.” • ...

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