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How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

Posted 4:12 pm U.S. ET, May 20
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David Barkholz is a reporter for Automotive News.
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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