Labor

Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

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

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Unifor is hoping to drum up support for a vote by the end of the year to determine if factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, will become Toyota's first unionized plants in North America.... Read More »

Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET

Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market.... Read More »

Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strike

May 21, 2015 15:02 CET

Renault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week.... Read More »

VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board

May 21, 2015 15:40 CET

The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

A tried-and-true method of getting union-sympathizing mechanics to quit is assign them electrical fixes and other tough jobs that end up taking longer than their allotted time.... Read More »

Ford's Turkish plant cancels shift as labor unrest hits suppliers

May 20, 2015 08:27 CET

Ford Otosan, the Turkish arm of Ford, cancelled an extra working shift, citing supply chain problems amid widening labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector.... Read More »

Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened.... Read More »

Fiat, Renault production in Turkey halted by protests

May 16, 2015 10:26 CET

Production at the Turkish factories of Renault and Fiat stopped as workers protested wages and other employment conditions.... Read More »

How Ernie Boch Jr. closed the book on labor fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Dealership rock star Ernie Boch Jr., known for his zany commercials and big-volume sales, lost an NLRB case in April at Boch Honda but won the war against organized labor at the store.... Read More »

Workers halt production at Renault's Turkish plant

May 15, 2015 12:29 CET

Production at Renault's plant in Turkey has been halted due to a protest by workers, a company spokesman said. The factory builds the Clio and Symbol subcompact cars and Megane and Fluence compact models.... Read More »

GM wins dismissal of UAW retiree appeal

11:42 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

A federal appeals court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the UAW claiming that General Motors was required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for an affiliate's retirees.... Read More »

UAW protests at Lear annual meeting

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

The UAW protested outside Lear's annual shareholder meeting today near Detroit, calling attention to safety issues at the company's seat plants in the South.... Read More »

UAW pushes to form works council at VW Chattanooga plant

2:46 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said today that the union is advancing its plan to become not only the works council partner at Volkswagen of America's Chattanooga assembly plant but the plant's collective-bargaining agent as well.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why VW tops rivals Toyota and GM in workforce size

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

VW Group has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined. The surplus of workers is unlikely to change anytime soon because of the powerful role unions play at the automaker.... Read More »

De Tomaso brand sale leaves Italian factory's future uncertain

May 7, 2015 15:24 CET

The sale of iconic Italian sports car brand De Tomaso to Hong Kong investment fund Ideal Team Ventures has created a headache for Turin's local authorities, who now own a dormant factory and are responsible for 800 jobless workers.... Read More »

Ford removes Chicago managers amid probe

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ford has replaced the plant manager, human resources officials and labor relations officials at its Chicago Assembly Plant after a federal investigator found evidence to support allegations of rampant sexual harassment and racial discrimination against dozens of female employees there.... Read More »

FCA worker dies accidentally at Detroit plant

8:33 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

An employee at Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant died accidentally this morning after being crushed doing maintenance work. The UAW identified the victim as Donald Megge, 53, of Sterling Heights, Mich.... Read More »

DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years.... Read More »

Why so many more VW workers?

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

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined.... Read More »

Supplier Sakthi bets on hiring ex-felons

9:17 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Sakthi Automotive Group USA, in the nascent stages of a massive expansion project on the Detroit waterfront, is betting big on a nontraditional sort of workforce: convicted felons.... Read More »

VW power struggle is over, Lower Saxony premier says

May 3, 2015 11:41 CET

The head of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen, said a power struggle at the automaker that led to the resignation of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech is over. Decisions regarding the replacement of Piech and his wife, Ursula, on VW's supervisory board had been taken, the prime minister told German newspaper Bild.... Read More »

VW workers back new board members after Piech exit

May 1, 2015 20:10 CET

Volkswagen's works council has backed the automaker's choice of two new supervisory board members, appointments reportedly opposed by newly departed Chairman Ferdinand Piech.... Read More »

GM Canada to cut about 1,000 jobs at Oshawa plant

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will eliminate one shift at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant in November, the company said today, cutting about 1,000 jobs as it makes production changes that were announced in 2012.... Read More »

GM to invest billions of dollars in U.S. plants, report says

4:16 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

General Motors on Thursday will unveil multibillion-dollar, multiyear investments in several US manufacturing plants in a move to boost production and vehicle quality, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN

VW board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

April 27, 2015 08:38 CET

Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of VW Group over the weekend, caused his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board.... Read More »

 
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