Labor

Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time

6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. It would be the first time since the UAW agreed to two-tier wages in 2007 that any of the union's members have been moved up to the higher pay scale.... Read More »

 

VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says

Jan. 29, 2015 16:09 CET
VW Group ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said.... Read More »

 

Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET
The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal.... Read More »

 

Zetsche, other top auto chiefs to lobby for EU-U.S. trade deal

Jan. 27, 2015 21:06 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and other captains of Germany's automotive industry have gathered in Berlin today to try to rally support for a transatlantic free trade deal that faces potential collapse.... Read More »

 

Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday.... Read More »

 

AutoNation wants more service lane hospitality

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
AutoNation Inc., the country's biggest dealership group, is recruiting service advisers among restaurant waiters and other service-industry workers, part of a new plan to reduce turnover in a key position.... Read More »

 

Strike ends at VW Brazil factory as 800 workers get jobs back

Jan. 16, 2015 15:08 CET
Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Brazil voted to end a 10-day strike after the carmaker agreed to reverse the layoff of 800 employees and presented a new labor deal through 2019.... Read More »

 

Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET
Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work.... Read More »

 

Explosions at auto-parts plant in China kills 17

1:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014
An explosion at an auto-parts factory in southern China's Guangdong province killed 17 people and injured 20 others, the official Xinhua News Agency said.... Read More »

 

2014 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
A look at the people, products and technology that made us take notice in 2014.... Read More »

 

The UAW's big pay challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade.... Read More »

 

TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities.... Read More »

 

UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers.... Read More »

 

UAW makes strides in South, but it's not done

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Persistence has paid off for the UAW in Chattanooga, less than a year after the union lost an organizing election at Volkswagen's plant there.... Read More »

 

PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET
PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said.... Read More »

 

UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

UAW gains partial recognition at VW plant in Tenn.

7:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee, the union and a company spokesman said Monday.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Honda counts on new models to help end Europe woes

Dec. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Honda says new models and a leaner organization will help it rebound in Europe in 2015 after seven years of falling sales.... Read More »

 

DAVE BARKHOLZ

Little by little, UAW taking hold at VW Chattanooga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW is well on its way to representing the majority of the 1,500 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga despite the best efforts of right-to-work advocates and Tennessee politicians to keep the union out.... Read More »

 

Skills gap imperils small-town auto suppliers

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Auto suppliers such as Continental Structural Plastics have gravitated to small towns. But as labor needs transition from low-cost, low-skilled workers to an educated, highly skilled labor force, auto companies are struggling to persuade this new type of employee to live and work in towns devoid of big-city amenities.... Read More »

 

Stagnant wages are a drag on new-car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
One reason auto sales in the United States still aren't quite back to the 17 million-a-year pace seen during the boom years before the recession: Many consumers haven't gotten much of a raise since then.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover and UK union reach pay deal

Dec. 2, 2014 14:30 CET
Jaguar Land Rover said it has reached a deal over pay and pensions with union representatives after revising its offer, which will now be recommended to staff. The union had threatened industrial action if a deal could not be reached.... Read More »

 

DAVE BARKHOLZ

No collective bargaining, but UAW prepares to talk pay at VW Chattanooga plant

4:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
We're about to find out how much power a UAW local in Chattanooga can wield at the Volkswagen of America assembly plant there.... Read More »

 

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