Labor

Porsche labor chief joins VW board

8:41 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues....
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GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise....
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How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW chief's credibility, legacy on the line with Tier 2

12:25 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams flashed an unmistakable determination to solve the union's Tier 2 dilemma during this year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3....
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UAW leaders intent on bridging the gap in auto workers' pay, Williams vows

12:50 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams, using his final press conference before the start of contract negotiations with the Detroit 3, today vowed to address the pay disparity between entry-level workers and longtime auto workers meaningfully in this year's round of bargaining....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

4:38 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers....
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UAW begins talks with U.S. automakers in July

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The UAW, seeking to close the pay gap between veteran and newer workers, will begin formal negotiations with the biggest U.S. automakers next month, union Vice President Jimmy Settles told reporters today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

FCA scrambling as UAW targets Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's bargaining shake-up reflects worries over UAW vows to roll back Tier 2 hiring. Glenn Shagena, Fiat Chrysler's new lead labor negotiator, is a man on the hot seat....
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GM labor negotiator retires; Barra signals more involvement in UAW talks

10:14 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors' lead labor negotiator has retired, marking the departure of two of the Detroit 3's top labor officials just weeks ahead of contract negotiations with the UAW. Meanwhile, GM CEO Mary Barra also appears set to take part in the formal talks....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: A prescient meeting with Al Iacobelli

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

In 10 years of covering UAW negotiations for Automotive News, a face-to-face conversation I had with Al Iacobelli in 2011 stands above the rest....
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Fiat Chrysler labor chief Iacobelli retires as UAW talks loom

12:04 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

On the verge of UAW negotiations, Fiat Chrysler said Al Iacobelli -- its head of North American employee relations -- is retiring and is being replaced with the HR head in Mexico. Iacobelli, 55, who has been a key driver of Chrysler's labor relations for more than a decade, “has announced his plans to retire from the company” effective immediately, FCA US said in a statement today....
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EDITORIAL

Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

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

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3....
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2015 CROSSROADS

UAW's rich health care wears a bull's-eye

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

The UAW may be forced to compromise on the rich health care benefits paid its members to secure other gains in the upcoming Detroit 3 contract talks....
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Ford's Turkish unit halts output

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET

The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue....
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VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board

May 21, 2015 15:40 CET

The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

A tried-and-true method of getting union-sympathizing mechanics to quit is assign them electrical fixes and other tough jobs that end up taking longer than their allotted time....
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Ford's Turkish plant cancels shift as labor unrest hits suppliers

May 20, 2015 08:27 CET

Ford Otosan, the Turkish arm of Ford, cancelled an extra working shift, citing supply chain problems amid widening labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector....
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Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened....
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Fiat, Renault production in Turkey halted by protests

May 16, 2015 10:26 CET

Production at the Turkish factories of Renault and Fiat stopped as workers protested wages and other employment conditions....
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How Ernie Boch Jr. closed the book on labor fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Dealership rock star Ernie Boch Jr., known for his zany commercials and big-volume sales, lost an NLRB case in April at Boch Honda but won the war against organized labor at the store....
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GM wins dismissal of UAW retiree appeal

11:42 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

A federal appeals court today upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the UAW claiming that General Motors was required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for an affiliate's retirees....
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UAW protests at Lear annual meeting

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

The UAW protested outside Lear's annual shareholder meeting today near Detroit, calling attention to safety issues at the company's seat plants in the South....
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UAW pushes to form works council at VW Chattanooga plant

2:46 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said today that the union is advancing its plan to become not only the works council partner at Volkswagen of America's Chattanooga assembly plant but the plant's collective-bargaining agent as well....
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