BLOG: David Barkholz

Why the UAW can only blame itself for losing at VW

Posted 11:58 am U.S. ET, Feb. 17
blogs David Barkholz is a reporter for Automotive News.
 
Cooperative partnership helped the UAW get in the door at Volkswagen Chattanooga.But the strategy, which brought Detroit 3 auto workers a pernicious two-tier wage system in 2007 and other employer-friendly concessions over the past decade, proved the union's undoing in the organizing election last week.Bottom line: a majority of the 1,550 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga j ...
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Bob Dylan hit with a fist, not flower

Posted 3:14 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 3
For many baby boomers, it's tough to be disciplined by your hero.But there was singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, credited with being the anti-establishment voice of the Vietnam War generation, defiantly celebrating American cars and American workers in the controversial Chrysler Super Bowl commercial that debuted last night."Detroit made cars. And cars made America," Dylan remi ...
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Dealers radiate resolve, not complacency, at NADA

Posted 11:34 am U.S. ET, Jan. 31
If strong U.S. vehicle sales have caused dealers to become complacent, it failed to show at the NADA convention.Dealers flocked to New Orleans for ideas.It's not sexy, but fixed ops software, especially for the service drive, was a hot item.Dealers such as Jeff Kahlig, CFO of Kahlig Auto Group in San Antonio, spent time at the ADP Dealer Services booth learning how ADP's n ...
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Goose meets gander in UAW's proposed dues boost

Posted 7:43 am U.S. ET, Dec. 4
So the UAW wants to raise dues?The union gets the equivalent of 2 hours of pay per month from members with the hope of raising the rate to 2.5 hours, according to Reuters.Forget for a second whether leadership has done anything to merit an increase other than spend tens of millions of dollars to try to organize transplant auto factories in the south and proclaim a voice fo ...
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Why a digital media expert still believes in TV advertising

Posted 11:04 am U.S. ET, Oct. 17
LAS VEGAS -- It was a little odd listening to digital marketing consultant Larry Bruce tell assembled dealers here to resist chopping their television advertising budgets.But data from a study that his company, OnlineDrive, recently conducted showed that television not only builds dealership brand awareness, it amplifies other marketing channels dealerships use to reach cu ...
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Who needs business development centers?

Posted 11:03 am U.S. ET, Oct. 16
LAS VEGAS -- Chris Hill is on a mission to wipe business development centers from the face of auto retailing.Speaking at an overflow session of the Digital Dealer 15 conference here, the e-commerce director at Bill Jacobs Auto Group in Joliet, Ill., said business development centers exist because sales managers have failed to train and motivate their salespeople properly t ...
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Buy American – but bank German?

Posted 2:53 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 26
As the son of a Detroit autoworker (electrical trades), I knew what awaited me if I dared to drive up to my dad's house in a vehicle not built by the UAW.That was fine with me. The Detroit 3 have always built great trucks.And the one car my family bought, a Mazda6 sedan, was built by UAW workers in 2009, before Mazda and Ford Motor Co. ended a production joint venture at F ...
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