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Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartland

Feb. 24, 2015 10:47 CET

Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. Deals agreed in the region traditionally serve as a template for agreements across Germany.... Read More »

1 VW plant, 2 unions: UAW foes get a voice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Workers who fought the UAW's organizing drive in Chattanooga now have a union of their own. One year after the UAW's failed bid to organize Volkswagen's sole U.S. plant, a group called the American Council of Employees last week won recognition to represent some of the plant's hourly and salaried workers, many of whom opposed the UAW's organizing drive.... Read More »

GM caught off-guard by strike at Brazil plant

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

General Motors was caught by surprise today by a strike at its Brazilian car factory as workers protested a planned furlough and layoff of hundreds of staff, in the latest labor disruption in the nation's slumping auto industry.... Read More »

UAW chief wants a raise for workers, but not too much

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an "injustice" if workers at the Detroit Three automakers don't get a raise in contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the companies remain competitive.... Read More »

Japanese auto workers demand raises as profits approach $34 billion

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015

Japan's auto workers are asking their employers for a bigger share of their projected 4 trillion yen ($33.6 billion) in annual profit in the form of a raise for the next fiscal year.... Read More »

VW recognizes anti-UAW worker group ACE at Tenn. plant

5:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Volkswagen says it has recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto plant in Chattanooga, in addition to the UAW.... Read More »

Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. Ford, after cutting its hourly work force by more than half from 2005 through 2011, has been on a hiring binge. It has added an average of 10 union jobs a day since 2011, company figures show, easily beating a target of 12,000 new jobs in that period.... Read More »

GM union in Canada may seek early bargaining

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

The union that represents GM's Canadian workers may seek early negotiations to secure jobs at the company's Oshawa, Ontario, operations, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.... Read More »

VW angers German union with 2% pay raise offer

Feb. 12, 2015 18:28 CET

Volkswagen offered to raise wages for workers at its German factories by 2.2 percent, drawing harsh criticism from the IG Metall union, which is pushing a 5.5 percent demand.... Read More »

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BLOG: Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state.... Read More »

Cooper-Standard plans to close factories in Europe in cost-cutting move

Feb. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

U.S. supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive plans to shutter factories and cut jobs in Germany and France as it restructures its European operations.The company, which has 12 factories in western Europe, declined to name which factories will be closed or downsized.... Read More »

Japanese carmakers airlift parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Japanese carmakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries, are shipping some auto parts to the United States by air to bypass a labor dispute at West Coast ports that is delaying deliveries.... Read More »

UAW will create $354.5 million VEBA for staff retirees to settle suit

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

The UAW agreed to pay $354.5 million to create an independent retiree health care trust that will be similar to those established for retired auto workers at the Detroit 3. The formation of the Voluntary Employee Benefits Association is part of a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit filed in December by retired union staff members who opposed 2013 changes to the UAW's retiree health care plan.... Read More »

GM recalls said to trim executive bonuses while sparing UAW

9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

The cost of General Motors' massive ignition-switch recall will cut into executives’ bonuses for last year, even as UAW members’ profit-sharing payments exclude those billions, said two people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

Ford's Europe unit hit by pension cost hike, Fields says

Feb. 5, 2015 12:51 CET

Ford CEO Mark Fields said rising pension costs and Russia's sales slump led the automaker to scrap its profit target for Europe. Ford says it expects to narrow its 2015 pretax loss in Europe, but the figure will exceed the $250 million loss it previously projected.... Read More »

Ford's new 1,550 workers for F-150 output pushes 300-500 to top-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

Ford is adding 1,550 hourly employees in the first quarter to increase output of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. The hires will cause between 300 and 500 UAW members earning Tier 2 hourly wages of $19.28 today to rise to top-tier status with hourly wages of $28.50.... Read More »

Nissan rejects U.S. government offer to mediate UAW dispute

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Nissan has rejected a US State Department offer to mediate a dispute between the company and the UAW as the UAW tries to organize workers at Nissan's plant in Mississippi.... Read More »

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 »

 
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