Labor

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why VW tops rivals Toyota and GM in workforce size

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

VW Group has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined. The surplus of workers is unlikely to change anytime soon because of the powerful role unions play at the automaker....
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De Tomaso brand sale leaves Italian factory's future uncertain

May 7, 2015 15:24 CET

The sale of iconic Italian sports car brand De Tomaso to Hong Kong investment fund Ideal Team Ventures has created a headache for Turin's local authorities, who now own a dormant factory and are responsible for 800 jobless workers....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years....
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Ford removes Chicago managers amid probe

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ford has replaced the plant manager, human resources officials and labor relations officials at its Chicago Assembly Plant after a federal investigator found evidence to support allegations of rampant sexual harassment and racial discrimination against dozens of female employees there....
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FCA worker dies accidentally at Detroit plant

8:33 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

An employee at Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant died accidentally this morning after being crushed doing maintenance work. The UAW identified the victim as Donald Megge, 53, of Sterling Heights, Mich....
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Supplier Sakthi bets on hiring ex-felons

9:17 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Sakthi Automotive Group USA, in the nascent stages of a massive expansion project on the Detroit waterfront, is betting big on a nontraditional sort of workforce: convicted felons....
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VW power struggle is over, Lower Saxony premier says

May 3, 2015 11:41 CET

The head of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen, said a power struggle at the automaker that led to the resignation of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech is over. Decisions regarding the replacement of Piech and his wife, Ursula, on VW's supervisory board had been taken, the prime minister told German newspaper Bild....
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VW workers back new board members after Piech exit

May 1, 2015 20:10 CET

Volkswagen's works council has backed the automaker's choice of two new supervisory board members, appointments reportedly opposed by newly departed Chairman Ferdinand Piech....
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GM Canada to cut about 1,000 jobs at Oshawa plant

1:50 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

GM will eliminate one shift at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant in November, the company said today, cutting about 1,000 jobs as it makes production changes that were announced in 2012....
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GM to invest billions of dollars in U.S. plants, report says

4:16 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

General Motors on Thursday will unveil multibillion-dollar, multiyear investments in several US manufacturing plants in a move to boost production and vehicle quality, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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VW board demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

8:44 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. His ouster also leaves a void at the top of Europe's largest carmaker and a host of questions about the future shape of the company. Most urgent among them is who will replace Piech in the crucial role of chairman....
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Skoda, unions agree on 3.5% wage hike

April 24, 2015 13:10 CET

Skoda has reached an agreement with workers on a 3.5 percent wage hike, the carmaker's main union group said. Unions threatened to strike last week after seeking a higher deal than the 3 percent offered by the automaker....
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Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. The plant builds the Focus and C-Max, whose sales are down a combined 22 percent this year after falling 15 percent last year....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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