BLOG: David Barkholz

Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 10
blogs David Barkholz covers labor for Automotive News.
 
The seriousness of this year’s UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne plans to attend the ceremonial handshake with UAW President Dennis Williams and their entourages when they formally open bargaining Tuesday in Detroit. The current four-year contracts between the Detroit 3 and UAW expire Sept. 14. FCA has the mos ...
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UAW chief's credibility, legacy on the line with Tier 2

Posted 12:25 pm U.S. ET, June 19
UAW President Dennis Williams flashed an unmistakable determination to solve the union’s Tier 2 dilemma during this year’s contract negotiations with the Detroit 3. In a final press conference on Thursday before entering radio silence, Williams said his members expect him to close the wage disparity between entry-level and more-senior workers. He said he inten ...
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How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

Posted 4:38 pm U.S. ET, June 16
The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers. Neither of the two obvious ways to “bridge the gap” between the $16 an hour starting wage for entry-level Tier 2 workers and the $28 an hour earned by long ...
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A prescient meeting with Al Iacobelli

Posted 4:17 pm U.S. ET, June 9
In 10 years of covering UAW negotiations for Automotive News, a face-to-face conversation I had with Al Iacobelli in 2011 stands above the rest. Iacobelli, who retired suddenly today as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s head of North American employee relations, had taken me through all the facts and figures on why a still-mending FCA couldn’t afford to give its UAW- ...
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How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

Posted 4:12 pm U.S. ET, May 20
While researching a recent story on how Ernie Boch Jr. beat a union drive at his Boch Honda store, I learned that organizing a dealership is at least as difficult as organizing an auto plant in the South. The odds are stacked astronomically against a successful campaign. Let me state upfront that my father was a UAW-represented electrician at a General Motors plant in De ...
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GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

Posted 4:00 pm U.S. ET, May 5
How do you know UAW negotiations with the Detroit 3 have started in earnest? If you’d asked me a week ago, I’d have said when the UAW completes its special bargaining convention held every four years so the rank and file can talk tactics and make desires known for the upcoming negotiations. General Motors, though, has prompted me to add a corollary. Now I&rs ...
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Why this Tampa dealer reset Latino marketing efforts

Posted 9:53 pm U.S. ET, April 20
TAMPA -- Latinos account for about one third of the car buyers at Kuhn Honda in Tampa. But Internet sales director Joshua Smith still feels as though the store should be doing better. Sporadic efforts to reach Latinos on Spanish-language television and radio in Tampa have yielded almost no sales, he said. So as the Kuhn Honda launches a new media campaign to promote the ...
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No collective bargaining, but UAW prepares to talk pay at VW Chattanooga plant

Posted 4:15 am U.S. ET, Dec. 2
We’re about to find out how much power a UAW local in Chattanooga can wield at the Volkswagen of America assembly plant there. In a phone interview Monday evening, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said an independent accounting firm as early as this week is expected to verify that a majority of the nearly 1,500 workers at the plant have joined UAW Local 42. Onc ...
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Why Dale Pollak recommends a call center that employs blind workers

Posted 6:42 am U.S. ET, Oct. 14
CHICAGO -- Near the end of vAuto’s Access: Velocity three-day conference here, vAuto founder Dale Pollak made a very personal appeal to the 170 hand-picked dealers present. Please consider, Pollak said, signing up for call center services from a nonprofit in Orlando that employs blind and visually impaired people to handle calls for private companies. Pollak, who l ...
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In Chicago, Cox execs hear dealers' concerns -- and praise

Posted 10:26 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 9
CHICAGO -- vAuto’s Access: Velocity conference here has been an eye-opening experience for the senior management of Cox Automotive -- formerly the AutoTrader Group -- as well as the 160 dealers who are attending by invitation only. Executives from AutoNation, Mullinax Group and scores of other dealerships have both lauded Cox Automotive for the things it does right ...
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Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

Posted 3:30 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 16
Well, well. The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in Hammond, Ind., that makes seats for Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago Assembly Plant. By Monday, the 760 Lear workers of UAW Local 2335 were back on the job. In hand was a tentative contract that met their primary demand: an end to a two-tier wage ...
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