Labor

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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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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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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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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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartland

Feb. 24, 2015 10:47 CET

Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. Deals agreed in the region traditionally serve as a template for agreements across Germany....
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GM caught off-guard by strike at Brazil plant

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

General Motors was caught by surprise today by a strike at its Brazilian car factory as workers protested a planned furlough and layoff of hundreds of staff, in the latest labor disruption in the nation's slumping auto industry....
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UAW chief wants a raise for workers, but not too much

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an "injustice" if workers at the Detroit Three automakers don't get a raise in contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the companies remain competitive....
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Japanese auto workers demand raises as profits approach $34 billion

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015

Japan's auto workers are asking their employers for a bigger share of their projected 4 trillion yen ($33.6 billion) in annual profit in the form of a raise for the next fiscal year....
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VW recognizes anti-UAW worker group ACE at Tenn. plant

5:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Volkswagen says it has recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto plant in Chattanooga, in addition to the UAW....
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