Labor

Lear workers in Ontario reject tentative deal by wide margin

6:38 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2018
Lear workers in Ajax, Ontario, widely rejected a tentative labor deal, prolonging a strike at a facility that supplies seats to a nearby Fiat Chrysler plant.

Opel union blocks voluntary buyouts, stifling deeper PSA cuts, report says

April 27, 2018 15:17 CET
Opel's works council has halted a voluntary buyout plan, crimping parent company PSA's ability to pursue deeper staff cuts, internal memos seen by Reuters showed.

UK production falls 13% in March on Brexit, diesel slump

April 26, 2018 11:03 CET
UK production fell 13 percent in March as bad weather disrupted supply chains and worries over export prospects after Brexit and the future of diesel vehicles dampened demand.

Opel workers protest cuts as PSA's Tavares digs in

April 25, 2018 11:14 CET
Hundreds of Opel workers gathered outside the automaker's plant in Eisenach, Germany, to protest PSA's plans to rein in wages in return for production investments.

PSA's conflict over Opel factory is 'short-term' pain, Tavares says

April 24, 2018 16:11 CET
Talks between PSA and the German union IG Metall over the future of Opel's Eisenach factory are a necessary short-term pain, CEO Carlos Tavares told PSA shareholders.

GM Korea, union reach tentative wage deal to avert bankruptcy

6:56 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2018
GM's South Korean unit said that it has reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union, meeting a key condition laid down by the automaker to prevent it filing for bankruptcy.

Solidarity among Opel/Vauxhall unions frays after German workers resist cuts

April 21, 2018 09:07 CET
German Opel workers' resistance to pay curbs and other concessions demanded by new parent PSA has angered unions in other European markets including France and the UK.

PSA wants 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

April 20, 2018 16:02 CET
PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.

PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union

April 20, 2018 09:16 CET
PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.

Nissan will cut jobs at UK plant as diesel demand slides, report says

April 20, 2018 15:43 CET
Nissan will cut hundreds of jobs at its factory in Sunderland, England, as it tackles declining demand for diesel models across Europe, Reuters reported.

PSA's fight to cut Opel's production costs intensifies

April 19, 2018 13:27 CET
PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.

GM Korea, union fall short of deal before deadline

11:31 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2018
Wage talks between GM's South Korean unit and its labor union ended without an agreement on Thursday, a day before the deadline the company has set for filing for bankruptcy.

German government must help in Opel dispute, Merkel says

April 18, 2018 18:52 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected PSA to stick to the commitments it made during its takeover of Opel last year after a magazine reported that PSA plans to cut 800 jobs at Opel's Eisenach plant.

Gary Casteel, the UAW's No. 2 leader, to retire

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2018
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel, 60, will not seek re-election and plans to retire when his current term ends in June.

PSA, union in standoff over Opel's Eisenach plant

April 16, 2018 19:42 CET
PSA has postponed a decision on whether to build a new electrified vehicle at Opel's Eisenach factory in Germany after workers rejected wage concessions.

Jaguar Land Rover confirms 1,000 jobs to go as diesel sales slump

April 16, 2018 12:36 CET
Jaguar Land Rover said it will cut 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two UK factories as demand for diesel cars slumps because of higher taxes and a regulatory crackdown.

Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs, reduce output amid Brexit, diesel concerns

April 13, 2018 15:27 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will cut about 1,000 jobs and reduce production at two of its UK factories due to uncertainty around Brexit and confusion over diesel policy leading to a fall in sales, a source told Reuters.

VW's top labor representative backs Diess as new CEO

April 13, 2018 10:03 CET
VW Group's top labor representative, Bernd Osterloh, has backed the choice of Herbert Diess as the automaker's new CEO. In the past, Osterloh has accused Diess of betraying workers and trying to use the diesel scandal as a pretext for pushing through job cuts.

VW's warring stakeholders to hash out a new strategy

April 12, 2018 13:29 CET
VW Group's directors will meet on Thursday to discuss a far-reaching shake-up of its structure and leadership, in a test of unity for the automaker's often divided management, labor chiefs and other stakeholders.

GM Korea future hangs by a thread as 16-year foray risks folding

11:33 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2018
After 16 years and billions of dollars in investments, GM faces a decision in South Korea: stay or leave. GM international chief Barry Engle plans to meet South Korean officials this week.

Tesla racial bias suit tests the rights of contract workers

7:16 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2018
Whether the contractor litigation gets to trial or not, the legal process threatens to bring unwanted scrutiny and unwelcome disclosures about Tesla's culture.

VW board to decide on new personnel chief, report says

April 11, 2018 11:14 CET
VW Group's supervisory board will decide on a replacement for personnel chief Karlheinz Blessing as part of a broader management overhaul when it meets on Friday, two sources said.

Skoda union accepts 12% wage hike, averting strike

April 6, 2018 18:42 CET
Union representatives at Skoda accepted management's offer to raise wages by 12 percent, averting a strike at the VW Group brand.

JAMES B. TREECE

GM Korea returns to its chair-throwing roots

2:55 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2018
When angry union protesters attacked the CEO's office at GM Korea, it was reminiscent of the company's start, back when General Motors bought Daewoo Motor.

Another charge, plea deal in UAW-FCA scandal

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 5, 2018
A former UAW official pleaded guilty for his role in the widening, multimillion-dollar corruption scandal involving a joint training center between the union and Fiat Chrysler.

 
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9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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