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Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least

March 24, 2015 10:42 CET

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a study shows.... Read More »

Volkswagen will cut production, jobs at Russian plant

March 23, 2015 11:55 CET

Volkswagen said it will reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its car plant in Kaluga, Russia, as demand shrinks. The company builds Audi, VW and Skoda cars in Kaluga.... Read More »

Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. They'll be calling for hard limits on -- or even eradication of -- the so-called Tier 2 wages that entry-level workers have been paid since 2007.... Read More »

Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers.... Read More »

Toyota counters union wage request with smaller offer

6:25 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota, which makes more profit than all other Japanese carmakers combined, will offer to raise wages by one-third less than what its labor union requested.... Read More »

GM faces union demands following stock buyback plan

6:00 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra started off her second year in the job with an activist investor at her door after her first year was largely consumed by a safety investigation over fatally defective ignition switches. Now she'll need to contend with the UAW, another constituency looking for a slice of GM's cash pile.... Read More »

Former UAW VP General Holiefield dies at 61

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, who led the union's Chrysler unit during the automaker's bankruptcy restructuring, died in Detroit on Monday. He was 61. Holiefield was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Can UAW fix Tier 2 disparity?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler enjoys a labor-cost advantage over Ford after breaking a tradition of pattern deals with the UAW during its 2009 bankruptcy. Now, as the UAW prepares to negotiate new contracts with the Detroit 3, restoring pattern bargaining is going to be difficult.... Read More »

VW's German workers get 3% wage increase

March 5, 2015 12:56 CET

Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs.... Read More »

Strike ends at Brazil GM plant after union flexes muscle

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Workers at a General Motors factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike today after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry.... Read More »

Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump

6:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million.... Read More »

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 »

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