Labor

BMW to invest $1 billion in new plant in Mexico, employ 1,500 workers

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
BMW plans to spend $1 billion to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with capacity of about 150,000 units per year, the company said today. Start of production is planned for 2019, with a work force of about 1,500 employees, said Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, in a statement. BMW did not disclose what models it will build at the plant.... Read More »

 

Porsche will increase work force 24% in global expansion

July 1, 2014 15:43 CET
Porsche will increase its headcount by about 5,000 to underpin its global growth ambitions. The new jobs will be created in model development, production, sales and servicing, Porsche said.... Read More »

 

GM says one worker killed, four hospitalized in metal plant explosion

4:58 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
General Motors said one person died and four people were hospitalized Tuesday after a chemical explosion at a factory near Fort Wayne, Ind.... Read More »

 

To sell Fiat luxury shift, Marchionne seeks labor peace in Italy

June 30, 2014 10:55 CET
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's visit to Italy last week to solve a labor dispute that threatened Maserati production shows how important the country's plants are becoming to the company's future, a union boss said.... Read More »

 

Bosch will cut 400 jobs at Belgian windshield wiper plant

June 26, 2014 17:28 CET
Bosch will cut up to 400 jobs, or about a third of the work force at a windshield wiper factory in Tienen, Belgium.... Read More »

 

PSA seeks 500 job cuts at French plant

June 25, 2014 16:27 CET
PSA will offer workers at its plant in Rennes, France, early retirement benefits to reduce headcount at the site by about 10 percent. PSA builds the Peugeot 508 and Citroen C5 in Rennes.... Read More »

 

Ford Fiesta production to stay in Germany after cost-cutting labor deal

9:39 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Ford will make the next generation of the Fiesta small car in Cologne, Germany, targeting $400 million in savings on production costs from 2017 through 2021 because of greater worker flexibility.... Read More »

 

Wage gap rumblings confront UAW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said he planned to attack the wide compensation disparity between veteran auto workers and new hires during next year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Why next year's GM-UAW handshake promises to be strikingly different

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 2015 labor talks between the Detroit 3 and UAW will be unique. For the first time in history, the hands that reach across the negotiation table for GM and the union will each belong to a woman.... Read More »

 

New UAW chief vows to keep pressure on transplants

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said today that the union will intensify efforts to organize transplants, with Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel stationed in Tennessee to coordinate the drives.... Read More »

 

UAW primed for struggles ahead, Williams says

2:13 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams signaled in his inaugural speech that the union's priorities will be the 2015 contract talks with the Detroit 3 and national elections this year and in and 2016.... Read More »

 

Dana to expand Ohio HQ, new UAW contract approved

5:56 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dana plans to expand its headquarters in suburban Toledo, Ohio, and consolidate workers from other offices in the new space.... Read More »

 

Dennis Williams elected UAW president as King retires

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dennis Williams was elected president of the UAW today at its 36th Constitutional Convention. Williams, 61, takes the helm of the United States auto workers union for four years, replacing Bob King, 67, who officially retired at the convention. Williams and his slate of vice presidents were elected overwhelmingly by the 1,100 delegates here.... Read More »

 

Canadian union may strike supplier to GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario

12:41 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers, will strike at Johnson Controls' Whitby, Ontario, plant if the parts maker doesn't reverse its plan to close the facility in a couple of years.... Read More »

 

2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

EU aims to have 20 percent of GDP come from manufacturing, official says

June 4, 2014 11:50 CET
The European Union wants to boost the bloc's share of economic output coming from manufacturing by a quarter by 2020, its official in charge of automotive regulation told the Automotive News Europe Congress.... Read More »

 

UAW delegates approve 25% dues hike in contentious vote

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
UAW delegates -- following a contentious debate -- today approved a 25 percent dues rate increase for members that will raise about $50 million annually by taking an extra half-hour of pay a month from rank-and-file workers. The increase takes effect in August.... Read More »

 

VW labor chief promises continued support for UAW union in U.S.

June 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The UAW union will “start anew” at VW Group's Chattanooga assembly plant in the U.S. to represent workers there, Frank Patta, the chief labor representative to VW's works councils worldwide said.... Read More »

 

BMW plans to cut 100 million euros of German labor costs per year, report says

June 2, 2014 22:11 CET
BMW intends to cut 100 million euros ($136 million) of German labor costs annually from 2015 onwards, a German newspaper reported, citing workers' representatives.... Read More »

 

King makes the case to UAW delegates for dues hike

4:05 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King today appealed to delegates for an increase in member dues without using the word “dues.” During his state-of-the-union address, King asked the 1,100 assembled delegates at the UAW Constitutional Convention to strongly consider “constitutional changes” that clearly alluded to a 25 percent dues increase needed for organizing and rebuilding the union’s declining strike fund.... Read More »

 

VW works councils rep vows continued support for UAW in Chattanooga

1:04 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The UAW must and will “start anew” at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga assembly plant to represent workers there in collective bargaining and on works councils that create labor co-determination with management, the chief labor representative to VW’s works councils worldwide said.... Read More »

 

King seeks unity as UAW tries to organize transplants, preps for Detroit 3 talks

9:40 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King, who retires this week, wants to build unity at the union as it continues efforts to organize transplants in the South and prepares for collective bargaining with the Detroit 3 next year.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages served a purpose, but not anymore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
It's unlikely that the UAW and Detroit 3 can eliminate two-tier wages in the next round of contract negotiations. But labor and management should use the opportunity to whittle away at the inequities inherent in the wage system.... Read More »

 

Study shows federal regulations cost dealers billions, jobs

6:00 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Franchised new-car dealers in the United States spent a combined $3.2 billion in 2012 to meet federal regulations, a new report found. The report made no attempt to determine whether dealerships, the economy, or consumers benefited in any way from any of those regulations, however.... Read More »

 

Chrysler, on the rebound, casts wider net for interns, graduates

5:46 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going outside the Midwest to attract young talent and enhance the company's reputation among college students and graduates worried about job security at a domestic automaker.... Read More »

 

GM Korea faces most critical wage negotiations ever, CEO says

8:23 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
GM's South Korea chief said local labor costs may rise 15 percent, fueling profitability concerns in a country where exporters are already struggling with the won's climb to a six-year high.... Read More »

 

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