Labor

Today's FCA-UAW handshake to set stage for hotly contested talks

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

With negotiations kicking off this month between U.S. automakers and their main domestic labor union, talks involving Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are poised to be the most contentious.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA, UAW headed for showdown?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

FCA, UAW headed for showdown?; GM won't follow Ford's small-car move; Toyota Mirai orders; Volvo buys tuner unit; Stamping out stench in used cars.... Read More »

GM will stick with U.S. production of small cars as UAW talks commence

12:36 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says GM has no plans to follow Ford's move to relocate its small-car production in the face of slowing demand.... Read More »

Renault says strike at Spanish supplier has ended

July 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Renault said a 10-day strike at Spanish aluminum casting supplier Alumalsa had ended and had not significantly hit production.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Time to rethink Detroit 3-UAW ties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Automakers have spent eight decades primarily treating the UAW first as a nuisance, then as an adversary, and only recently, as an occasional partner.... Read More »

Detroit 3, UAW set to square off over wages, U.S. jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

The Detroit 3 and UAW will kick off bargaining Monday for new contracts that will set how much more robust, post-recession profits the industry shares with workers, and determine union costs to win more U.S. jobs.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The seriousness of this year’s UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so.... Read More »

UAW wages may be flat, but workers' pay is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In contract talks with the Detroit 3, the UAW will be looking to boost the pay of veteran Tier 1 workers, who haven't had a wage increase in a decade. But that doesn't mean their pay hasn't gone up.... Read More »

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The end of the Jobs Bank, a symbol of excess

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2015

Perhaps nothing did more to damage the reputation of the UAW -- and the U.S. automakers that employed its members -- than the Jobs Bank, a program that paid excess workers to do nothing all day.... Read More »

Porsche labor chief joins VW board

8:41 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues.... Read More »

GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise.... Read More »

How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW chief's credibility, legacy on the line with Tier 2

12:25 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams flashed an unmistakable determination to solve the union's Tier 2 dilemma during this year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

UAW leaders intent on bridging the gap in auto workers' pay, Williams vows

12:50 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams, using his final press conference before the start of contract negotiations with the Detroit 3, today vowed to address the pay disparity between entry-level workers and longtime auto workers meaningfully in this year's round of bargaining.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

4:38 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers.... Read More »

UAW begins talks with U.S. automakers in July

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The UAW, seeking to close the pay gap between veteran and newer workers, will begin formal negotiations with the biggest U.S. automakers next month, union Vice President Jimmy Settles told reporters today.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Big shoes to fill at FCA ahead of UAW talks

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

With Al Iacobelli's surprising departure on the eve of this year's UAW negotiations, his replacement, Glenn Shagena, will have to get up to speed quickly.... Read More »

GM labor veteran Clegg to head talks with UAW

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

When UAW bargainers sit down this summer to hammer out a new labor agreement with General Motors, they'll be looking across the table at a familiar chief negotiator for the automaker.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

FCA scrambling as UAW targets Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's bargaining shake-up reflects worries over UAW vows to roll back Tier 2 hiring. Glenn Shagena, Fiat Chrysler's new lead labor negotiator, is a man on the hot seat.... Read More »

GM labor negotiator retires; Barra signals more involvement in UAW talks

10:14 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors' lead labor negotiator has retired, marking the departure of two of the Detroit 3's top labor officials just weeks ahead of contract negotiations with the UAW. Meanwhile, GM CEO Mary Barra also appears set to take part in the formal talks.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: A prescient meeting with Al Iacobelli

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

In 10 years of covering UAW negotiations for Automotive News, a face-to-face conversation I had with Al Iacobelli in 2011 stands above the rest.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler labor chief Iacobelli retires as UAW talks loom

12:04 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

On the verge of UAW negotiations, Fiat Chrysler said Al Iacobelli -- its head of North American employee relations -- is retiring and is being replaced with the HR head in Mexico. Iacobelli, 55, who has been a key driver of Chrysler's labor relations for more than a decade, “has announced his plans to retire from the company” effective immediately, FCA US said in a statement today.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3.... Read More »

2015 CROSSROADS

UAW's rich health care wears a bull's-eye

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

The UAW may be forced to compromise on the rich health care benefits paid its members to secure other gains in the upcoming Detroit 3 contract talks.... Read More »

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