Labor

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 »

Explosions at auto-parts plant in China kills 17

1:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

An explosion at an auto-parts factory in southern China's Guangdong province killed 17 people and injured 20 others, the official Xinhua News Agency said.... Read More »

2014 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

A look at the people, products and technology that made us take notice in 2014.... Read More »

The UAW's big pay challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade.... Read More »

TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities.... Read More »

UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers.... Read More »

UAW makes strides in South, but it's not done

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Persistence has paid off for the UAW in Chattanooga, less than a year after the union lost an organizing election at Volkswagen's plant there.... Read More »

PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET

PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said.... Read More »

UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers.... Read More »

 
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