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Unions force VW to ax consultants in clash over cost cuts, report says

Aug. 8, 2014 09:32 CET
VW's 5 billion euro ($6.68 billion) cost-savings plan was hit by a major setback after labor leaders forced management to ax McKinsey, the consultants working out the cuts, three sources with knowledge of the matter said....
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JAMIE LaREAU

McDonald's and the dealer franchise system

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward. Or not....
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China plant in fatal blast was dusty deathtrap, ex-workers say; Beijing to overhaul safety practices

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The weekend blast at a Kunshan auto parts plant, described by former workers as a dusty deathtrap, prompted China to overhaul workplace safety practices, and reignited concern about occupational hazards in the world's second-largest economy. State media say the blast at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products was triggered by tiny aluminum and magnesium flakes that caught fire....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

U.S. launches safety inspections of Southern auto suppliers

8:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Alarmed by what it calls higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The federal safety agency plans to send field agents to inspect some 2,900 factories -- literally every auto parts plant in those three states....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Why auto workers will be wearing their jobs

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
New factory technology is in the pipeline that will turn workers' clothing into data-emitting devices for plant management....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

GM tries new tools to lure young talent

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
General Motors needs new workers, but young people have the impression that factory work is dull, dingy and monotonous. That partly explains why GM is experimenting with a stream of new tools and innovative factory ideas....
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MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European....
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Daimler reaches labor deal on overhauling Mercedes' German sales network

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has reached a labor agreement that will allow it to sell some Mercedes dealerships in Germany as part of a wider plan to overhaul its sales network in the market....
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Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours....
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GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

4:07 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal, averting strike

6:30 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors' South Korean unit reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union today, averting a potential strike at one of its key Asian production bases....
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South African union said to reject wage deal to end strike, resume car output

9:49 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
South Africa's biggest union will probably reject the latest pay offer from employers to end a three-week strike that has idled light-vehicle output and other manufacturing because of a clause related to workplace bargaining, a union official said....
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GM may put Brazil workers on paid leave

9:21 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union says, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy....
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EDITORIAL

Good news in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
It has been a tumultuous year at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but VW ultimately decided to expand production there instead of in Mexico to build a crossover starting in late 2016....
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Visteon transferring $350 million in pension assets to Prudential

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Visteon entered into an agreement to transfer a portion of its U.S. pension assets to Prudential Insurance of America as part of its ongoing restructuring....
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Nissan latest automaker to suspend South Africa production amid strike

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Nissan joined carmakers including Toyota and Ford in halting production in South Africa as a strike by metalworkers cut auto-component supplies....
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VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers....
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Toyota, Ford halt output in South Africa as strike spreads

7:49 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota and Ford are suspending production at South African plants as a two-week strike in the manufacturing industry disrupts the supply of components....
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BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals....
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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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UAW creates union local for VW workers in Tennessee

8:32 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The UAW formed a union local to represent workers at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, where it lost a bitter organizing vote earlier this year. Membership in Local 42 will be voluntary and the unit will not have power to bargain on behalf of all employees at the plant, UAW officials said today....
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GABE NELSON

How UAW can leverage minority support in Chattanooga and elsewhere

2:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Today's surprising news that the UAW will set up a union local for Chattanooga's Volkswagen AG factory -- despite losing the organizing vote there -- signals a new strategy under President Dennis Williams. Start with the devotees. Win over the doubters later....
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Ford says it remains committed to South Africa despite strikes

12:13 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Ford has a long-term commitment to South Africa, its regional head said, playing down any concerns about strikes that an engineering federation said had prompted the carmaker to consider pulling out of the country....
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Penske Logistics to close site servicing Ford

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Penske Logistics, the lead logistics provider for Ford in North America, plans to shut down a site south of Detroit in September and cut 183 jobs....
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GM Korea workers vote to strike as wage talks continue

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
GM's South Korean workers today voted to go on strike over salaries and production volume, signaling tough annual wage talks for automakers already grappling with falling earnings because of the stronger won....
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