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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

 

Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant.... Read More »

 

PSA plans to cut 3,450 French jobs in 2015, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 17:27 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is preparing to cut another 3,450 French jobs next year, sources said, as the troubled carmaker pursues a recovery plan under new CEO Carlos Tavares.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover's UK staff rejects pay deal

Nov. 13, 2014 15:46 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the Unite union says the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action.... Read More »

 

VW details new labor policy for Tenn. plant

9:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
A new policy at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga would let organized labor groups hold regular meetings at the plant and engage with plant executives but stops short of extending collective bargaining rights to any particular labor union.... Read More »

 

UAW expects union recognition soon at VW Tennessee plant

3:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The UAW said it expects Volkswagen AG to announce soon a policy change that would allow for union representation at the company's plant in Tennessee, where the union has faced challenges organizing workers.... Read More »

 

New UAW president vows to be more open to members, public

7:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
As the UAW faces what many observers say will be the most difficult contract talks with the Detroit automakers in decades in 2015, its new president said more open communication with union members and the public will help at the bargaining table.... Read More »

 

Ford lays off 90 workers at Chicago plant

11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Ford laid off about 90 workers at its Chicago Assembly Plant last week, the automaker said, describing the move as a temporary staff adjustment.... Read More »

 

Getting suppliers 'to believe in GM'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra has made “building relationships” a key focus of her first nine months, from dealers to politicians to the media. But repairing frayed ties with suppliers might top the list.... Read More »

 

Kia Motors says president resigned over prolonged wage disputes

7:11 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Kia Motors said its president, Lee Sam-ung, has resigned to take responsibility for "enormous" production losses caused by recent strikes by its South Korean union during wage talks.... Read More »

 

Ford snubs bid to divert Mexico investment to Canada, union says

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
Ford has rejected a proposal to invest in engine plants in Windsor, Ontario, and decided to put the money in Mexico as the automaker originally planned, the head of Canada's autoworkers' union said.... Read More »

 

Hyundai's third-quarter profit falls 29% on firmer currency, sluggish sales

Oct. 23, 2014 11:15 CET
Hyundai posted a 29 percent decline in third-quarter net profit, the steepest drop in at least six quarters. The automaker was hit by slowing sales growth and a stronger local currency but expects earnings to bounce back in the fourth quarter.... Read More »

 

UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW's Tenn. plant within a year

8:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The UAW hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga within a year, union President Dennis Williams said Wednesday.... Read More »

 

UAW, politicians will fight to keep Wrangler output in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
UAW and political leaders plan to gather Monday in a community-wide effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in its original home of Toledo, Ohio. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne this month said the next Wrangler may have be built off a unibody platform, changes that could mean the SUV would have to find a production site outside Toledo.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts.... Read More »

 

Volvo will add jobs, boost production in Sweden

Oct. 16, 2014 11:45 CET
Volvo will add 1,300 jobs and a third shift at its plant in Sweden next year to meet rising demand for its cars, including the new flagship XC90.... Read More »

 

Ford hiring 850 workers to help build aluminum F-150 pickup

11:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Ford, on a hiring spree in advance of next year's labor contract negotiations, said it's adding 850 workers at its manufacturing site near Detroit to help make the new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup.... Read More »

 

VW may use fewer temporary staff as part of cost cuts

Oct. 12, 2014 22:30 CET
Volkswagen may use fewer temporary staff as part of efforts to reduce costs by 5 billion euros ($6.3 billion), CEO Martin Winterkorn told a German magazine.... Read More »

 

British automakers, in foreign hands, overtake France

11:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
Britain last year produced more cars than France for the first time in decades. And in a dramatic turnabout, the value of British car exports has doubled in the past 10 year.... Read More »

 

Michigan truck driver files coercion claim against UAW

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A truck driver in Michigan filed a charge of coercion against the UAW for keeping her from exercising her right to quit the union and stop paying dues, according to the National Right to Work Foundation.... Read More »

 

Wrangler shock wave hits Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, dropped a bomb at the Paris auto show last week, and it landed 4,000 miles west on Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »

 

UAW forms new local to recruit Mercedes workers in Alabama

5:44 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
The UAW formed a new local for hourly workers at Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama and confirmed it will work with two German labor groups to organize the plant.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Motor workers approve 2014 wage pact, end strikes

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Hyundai Motor's union workers in South Korea agreed to end strikes that may have cost the company more than 900 billion won ($847 million) in lost output after they accepted the carmaker’s proposal to increase wages.... Read More »

 

UAW, German labor groups to announce Daimler drive in Alabama, reports say

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The UAW and two German labor groups will announce on Friday that they intend to work together to organize Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant workers in Alabama, sources close to one of the German labor groups said today.... Read More »

 

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