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Skoda unions issue strike threat over pay demands

April 9, 2015 12:53 CET

Unions at Skoda, Volkswagen's Czech unit, warned that they may strike after rejecting the company's offer for a 3 percent pay rise.... Read More »

Ford's Hinrichs wants level playing field on labor costs

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ford's Americas chief indicated today that the automaker will be looking to bring its labor costs in line with those of its smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when it opens talks this summer with the union representing its hourly workers.... Read More »

UAW says it gained more than 12,000 members in 2014

4:20 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Membership in the UAW rose by more than 12,000 people to 403,466 in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of small gains for the American union, according to an annual filing with the U.S. Department of Labor.... Read More »

Nooses found at FCA minivan plant subject of investigation

1:01 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A pair of nooses were found late last week on the truck and near the workstation of a black laborer working on the retooling of Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, the Windsor Star reported today.... Read More »

VIDEO: UAW delegates voice frustrations

10:34 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Reporter Dave Barkholz spoke with delegates at the 2015 UAW bargaining convention about the issues they are most passionate about.... Read More »

VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

March 30, 2015 19:14 CET

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. VW is one of many automakers working to cut costs in the country, where sales and output are down more than 20 percent in the first two months.... Read More »

UAW delegates demand higher pay

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

To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. Delegates at last week's UAW bargaining convention, the unofficial opening of negotiations with the Detroit 3, demanded that the car companies return to workers what they sacrificed before and during the recession.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

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

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved.... Read More »

DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention.... Read More »

UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says

5:51 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because each automaker has different labor costs largely as a result of a lower-cost, entry-level pay scale.... Read More »

'We've got too many damn tiers,' UAW head tells cheering delegates

10:50 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

In a fiery address to hundreds of UAW delegates, union President Dennis Williams said auto workers sacrificed during the recession and now must get that compensation back.... Read More »

UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright.... Read More »

UAW president anticipates united front against pay 'inequality'

8:49 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams said today he expects members to emerge from this week's bargaining convention with a unified voice after a full airing of worker concerns about “inequity” in pay and benefits that are a product of a two-tier system.... Read More »

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 »

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