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Fiat Chrysler targeted with UAW strike deadline

11:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The UAW notified Fiat Chrysler that it will cancel contract extensions under which 40,000 unionized workers have been working since Sept. 14 and could go on strike. The union set a “strike deadline” of 11:59 p.m. ET Wednesday, though it's unclear if a walkout would be nationwide or target select plants.... Read More »

UAW's Williams calls out outside agitators, says more info coming on FCA talks

10:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams issued a statement to his members regarding contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, taking to task outside groups seeking to “stir people up.”... Read More »

UAW-FCA agreement fails with 65% rank-and-file rejection

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

The UAW will return to the bargaining table with Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a proposed agreement by 65 percent, according to a statement released today by the union.... Read More »

GM and Navistar to develop and make commercial trucks

10:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

General Motors said it will jointly develop and assemble medium-duty commercial vehicles with truck and engine maker Navistar International. GM said today the agreement will help boost its Chevrolet commercial truck business.... Read More »

Honda plans $210 million paint line in Ohio

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Honda of America's manufacturing unit said today it plans to invest $210 million in a new paint line at its Marysville, Ohio, plant that will cut water use, energy consumption, and emissions.... Read More »

UAW workers vote on FCA agreement without Tier 2 cap or product plan

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

The UAW leadership is seeking ratification this week for a tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler that is missing two key provisions from previous contracts -- a written product plan and a cap on the maximum percentage of Tier 2 workers.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to pay UAW members $3,000 ratification bonus, report says

6:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay UAW members $3,000 bonuses if they ratify a new contract in the coming days, people briefed on the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

The UAW-FCA tentative agreement: 'Expectations are very high'

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The tentative contract agreement between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler stirred quite a reaction out of those who follow the auto industry, despite the disclosure of virtually none of its details.... Read More »


BLOG: In this round of UAW talks, a high number of anxious new hires

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

The last time that such a large proportion of the UAW membership was new to the contract negotiation process was probably when the UAW was created eight decades ago.... Read More »

Ford, Alcoa plan to replace more steel with aluminum in F-150

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Ford said it would begin using a new type of aluminum from supplier Alcoa to make some parts for the F-150 pickup later this year, in a step toward eventually replacing more steel components with aluminum.... Read More »

UAW, FCA labor talks continue as contract is extended

10:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Negotiators for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the UAW continued bargaining after their current contract was extended on an hour-by-hour basis past a 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday deadline.... Read More »


BLOG: Why did the UAW pick Fiat Chrysler?

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Though the UAW hasn’t revealed its thinking behind its choice of FCA as its negotiating target, its reasoning likely flows from the fact that FCA’s leadership has continuously spoken against the two-tiered wage system that has so benefited the three automakers since 2007.... Read More »

Ford workers strike at Brazil factory to protest job cuts

7:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Workers at a Ford plant in Brazil began an open-ended strike on Thursday to protest job cuts, adding to labor tensions that have rattled the country's auto industry in the midst of its worst crisis in nearly two decades.... Read More »

Stant to close plant, open tech center in suburban Detroit

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Indiana auto supplier Stant Corp. will shutter a plant in Romeo, Mich., and lay off 167 people by mid-November, but is moving some corporate and engineering positions into a new technical center in suburban Detroit.... Read More »


BLOG: UAW talks will turn on Tier 2 resolution

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

The main issue at the UAW-Detroit 3 bargaining table is wages. Specifically, whether the UAW can deliver a path out of Tier 2 to full wages for all workers and whether veteran or Tier 1 workers can expect their first wage increase in 10 years. Repeat, 10 years.... Read More »

Ford UAW workers authorize strike

10:21 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

UAW-represented workers at Ford overwhelmingly authorized union leadership to strike the automaker should they not reach a new contract agreement, according to a statement today.... Read More »


BLOG: Nissan plays yo-yo purchasing amid yen’s wild ride

10:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

For years, Japan's carmakers scrambled to buy more parts overseas where their currency had better purchasing power. But now that the yen has done an about-face and is weak again, carmakers are switching to buy more at home -- at lightning speed.... Read More »

UAW negotiators pledge they’ll prevail in Ford contract talks

6:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

UAW negotiators said they will prevail in their contract talks with Ford as a deadline to strike a deal approaches. "We believe now is our time," Mark Payne, president of UAW Local 1250, which represents workers at a Ford engine plant near Cleveland, said in a YouTube video.... Read More »

Alcoa plans new r&d center for advanced 3D printing processes

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its r&d center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors.... Read More »

Bill Ford says health care co-op possible in UAW talks

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the company is considering a health-care co-op, an issue the UAW has raised in negotiations on a new contract.... Read More »


The UAW benefits failure that wasn't

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Despite predictions of failure, the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is thriving today.... Read More »

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement.... Read More »


Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said.... Read More »

GM suspends 800 job cuts in Brazil, ending strike

9:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions.... Read More »

Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions.... Read More »

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