Labor

UAW members resume work at auto supplier Nexteer's U.S. operations

9:16 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

Union workers at Nexteer Automotive's plant in Saginaw, Mich., returned to work today after reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract late Tuesday following a 20-hour strike, officials from the UAW said.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: UAW members send another loud message to their leadership

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

At a time when Americans seem more divided than ever, more than 3,000 union members at Nexteer Automotive in mid-Michigan made a stunning show of solidarity this week. Solidarity against the people running their union, that is.... Read More »

North American auto production put at risk by UAW's strike at Nexteer

9:28 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

A strike by UAW members at Nexteer Automotive's steering components plant north of Detroit could force major North American production shutdowns if it lasts more than a day or two.... Read More »

UAW members trash Nexteer contract with 97% opposed

1:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

More than 97 percent of Nexteer Automotive workers represented by the UAW rejected a proposed labor deal on Sunday. UAW Local 699 said 3,103 of the 3,183 workers who voted rejected the deal.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Labor pacts give the auto industry what it needs

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

The just-completed four-year U.S. labor agreements between the UAW and Detroit 3 automakers generated little enthusiasm. Neither management nor labor got all they wanted. But the overall U.S. auto industry got what it most needed.... Read More »

UAW wins organizing drive among skilled workers at VW's Tenn. plant

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

The UAW, after decades of failed attempts, won its first organizing drive at a foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the South when skilled trades workers at VW's Chattanooga, Tenn., factory voted, 108-44, to join the union.... Read More »

U.S. automakers cautious on Pacific trade pact benefits

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

U.S. automakers are unlikely to win a much bigger share of the Japanese vehicle market under special provisions of a new Pacific trade deal, an industry advisory committee report found, although the pact will open new markets in Malaysia and Vietnam.... Read More »

UAW reaches tentative contract deal with supplier Nexteer

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2015

The UAW, fresh off its newly ratified labor contracts with the Detroit 3 automakers, said it reached a tentative deal with steering parts supplier Nexteer Automotive.... Read More »

Nissan in new bid to end Renault control, curb French clout, report says

Dec. 2, 2015 12:07 CET

Nissan has set out new proposals to end parent Renault's control and block French government interference in their alliance, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW's billionaire owners pledge to protect jobs amid crisis

Dec. 2, 2015 12:23 CET

Volkswagen Group's billionaire owners, the Porsche-Piech clan, today underscored their commitment to the automaker, pledging to protect jobs as the company battles with its emissions crisis.... Read More »

VW to appeal organizing vote for Tenn. skilled-trades workers

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Volkswagen plans to appeal a decision to let a small group of skilled-trades workers hold a union vote at its plant in Chattanooga.... Read More »

Ford labor chief Fleming to retire, other execs shift

11:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

John Fleming, Ford's global manufacturing head and labor chief, will retire at the end of the year, the automaker said today in a statement detailing a series of leadership changes.... Read More »

Ford plans $1.3 billion upgrade of Kentucky truck plant

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

Ford will invest $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup. Ford said the plans, including a new body shop, will create 2,000 jobs, most of them new hires.... Read More »

Ford says UAW contract boosts U.S. labor costs less than 1.5%

9:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Ford's labor costs will rise by less than the projected rate of inflation in each of the next four years, largely because its new contract with the UAW allows the use of more temporary workers and greater flexibility to move production to lower-cost countries if necessary, executives said today.... Read More »

Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks

10:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks.... Read More »

Dearborn's a game changer in Ford-UAW pact

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

Call it the Dearborn Contract. Ford Motor's UAW workers narrowly approved a new labor contract with a 51.4 percent “yes” vote - or a margin of about 1,100 votes out of more than 40,000 cast - after a last-ditch effort to get out the vote produced an overwhelming wave of support from the automaker's Dearborn, Mich., complex.... Read More »

Higher UAW wages will push Detroit 3 to find cost solutions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015

New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years and will likely force the Detroit 3 to search for ways to trim costs to avoid hurting their bottom lines.... Read More »

VW labor boss says CO2 scandal has hit car orders

Nov. 27, 2015 15:21 CET

VW Group is dealing with a slowdown in new-car orders in the wake of admitting this month that it understated CO2 emissions in about 800,000 vehicles, the automaker's top labor representative said.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW will save 1.9 billion euros by reducing variants

Nov. 27, 2015 16:08 CET

VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions.... Read More »

UAW, IG Metall push for U.S. 'works councils'

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

A new partnership between the UAW and Germany's giant IG Metall autoworker union plans to advocate for German-style works councils or similar arrangements in the United States.... Read More »

UAW ratifies national labor pact with GM

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The UAW ratified a new four-year labor agreement with GM, ending two weeks of deliberations amid opposition to the deal from skilled-trades workers. The union's 14-member International Executive Board decided to approve the contract after a meeting Friday with officials from local UAW chapters across the country.... Read More »

Ford workers approve UAW contract after late push by union leaders

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

A last-ditch push by UAW leaders to rally support for a proposed contract with Ford Motor Co. mustered just enough votes to overcome widespread opposition and bitterness among workers as the company generates record profits. The union now has new four-year contracts in place with each of the Detroit 3.... Read More »

GM contract may yield flat per-vehicle labor costs even with hourly raises, study says

10:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

General Motors' labor costs per vehicle may decline slightly under the proposed four-year contract with its U.S. union that calls for across-the-board raises, according to the Center for Automotive Research.... Read More »

UAW partners with Germany's IG Metall to push for better U.S. wages, union representation

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The UAW and Germany's largest autoworker union, IG Metall, have joined forces to push for improved wages and working conditions at the U.S. plants of German auto and parts manufacturers.... Read More »

Ford's Michigan F-150 plant holds key to passage of UAW deal

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The UAW's proposed labor contract with Ford will fail unless workers at an F-150 assembly plant in Michigan approve it by a wide margin. About 18,000 Ford workers have now voted against the deal, roughly 1,800 more than had voted in favor, according to tallies by Automotive News and UAW Local 551 in Chicago.... Read More »

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