Labor Unions

Wage gap rumblings confront UAW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said he planned to attack the wide compensation disparity between veteran auto workers and new hires during next year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Why next year's GM-UAW handshake promises to be strikingly different

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 2015 labor talks between the Detroit 3 and UAW will be unique. For the first time in history, the hands that reach across the negotiation table for GM and the union will each belong to a woman....
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New UAW chief vows to keep pressure on transplants

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said today that the union will intensify efforts to organize transplants, with Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel stationed in Tennessee to coordinate the drives....
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UAW primed for struggles ahead, Williams says

2:13 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams signaled in his inaugural speech that the union's priorities will be the 2015 contract talks with the Detroit 3 and national elections this year and in and 2016....
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Dana to expand Ohio HQ, new UAW contract approved

5:56 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dana plans to expand its headquarters in suburban Toledo, Ohio, and consolidate workers from other offices in the new space....
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Dennis Williams elected UAW president as King retires

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dennis Williams was elected president of the UAW today at its 36th Constitutional Convention. Williams, 61, takes the helm of the United States auto workers union for four years, replacing Bob King, 67, who officially retired at the convention. Williams and his slate of vice presidents were elected overwhelmingly by the 1,100 delegates here....
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Canadian union may strike supplier to GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario

12:41 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers, will strike at Johnson Controls' Whitby, Ontario, plant if the parts maker doesn't reverse its plan to close the facility in a couple of years....
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UAW delegates approve 25% dues hike in contentious vote

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
UAW delegates -- following a contentious debate -- today approved a 25 percent dues rate increase for members that will raise about $50 million annually by taking an extra half-hour of pay a month from rank-and-file workers. The increase takes effect in August....
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VW labor chief promises continued support for UAW union in U.S.

June 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The UAW union will “start anew” at VW Group's Chattanooga assembly plant in the U.S. to represent workers there, Frank Patta, the chief labor representative to VW's works councils worldwide said....
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King makes the case to UAW delegates for dues hike

4:05 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King today appealed to delegates for an increase in member dues without using the word “dues.” During his state-of-the-union address, King asked the 1,100 assembled delegates at the UAW Constitutional Convention to strongly consider “constitutional changes” that clearly alluded to a 25 percent dues increase needed for organizing and rebuilding the union’s declining strike fund....
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VW works councils rep vows continued support for UAW in Chattanooga

1:04 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The UAW must and will “start anew” at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga assembly plant to represent workers there in collective bargaining and on works councils that create labor co-determination with management, the chief labor representative to VW’s works councils worldwide said....
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King seeks unity as UAW tries to organize transplants, preps for Detroit 3 talks

9:40 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King, who retires this week, wants to build unity at the union as it continues efforts to organize transplants in the South and prepares for collective bargaining with the Detroit 3 next year....
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EDITORIAL

2-tier wages served a purpose, but not anymore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
It's unlikely that the UAW and Detroit 3 can eliminate two-tier wages in the next round of contract negotiations. But labor and management should use the opportunity to whittle away at the inequities inherent in the wage system....
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Chrysler, on the rebound, casts wider net for interns, graduates

5:46 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going outside the Midwest to attract young talent and enhance the company's reputation among college students and graduates worried about job security at a domestic automaker....
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GM Korea faces most critical wage negotiations ever, CEO says

8:23 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
GM's South Korea chief said local labor costs may rise 15 percent, fueling profitability concerns in a country where exporters are already struggling with the won's climb to a six-year high....
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Why mess with 2-tier wage success?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Ford's Americas boss Joe Hinrichs says it would be risky to mess with the two-tier wage structure during 2015 UAW contract talks. Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne, meanwhile, says the system isn't sustainable....
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Chrysler posts $690 million Q1 net loss on merger costs

9:05 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Chrysler Group reported a net loss of $690 million as it paid transaction costs associated with its completed merger with Fiat. The net loss was the first for Chrysler since the second quarter of 2011....
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GM reassigns executive who dealt with ignition switch probe

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
General Motors has reassigned an executive who dealt with federal safety regulators probing defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, as part of a restructuring meant to improve vehicle safety, the automaker said today....
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GABE NELSON

VW may be ready to give its SUV a home

4:14 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Volkswagen AG could be a few days away from naming a North American assembly site for a mid-sized crossover based on the CrossBlue concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show....
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Daimler names Brecht as company's top workforce representative

May 2, 2014 09:27 CET
Daimler's supervisory board has chosen Michael Brecht as its deputy chairman replacing Erich Klemm, in a move that may smooth management-labor relations at the automaker....
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UAW can still unionize VW's U.S. plant after failed drive, experts say

May 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The UAW still has several options to unionize VW Group's Tennessee car plant in the U.S., labor law experts said, after the union failed to win enough support in a February ballot....
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UAW can still unionize VW plant after failed drive, experts say

4:07 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
The UAW still has several options to unionize Volkswagen AG's Tennessee car plant, labor law experts said, after it failed to win enough support and last week dropped its challenge to the election results....
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Ford likely to exceed pledge to hire 12,000 workers by 2015

3:49 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
Ford, boosted by record profits in North America, is likely to hire more than the 12,000 new workers that it promised in its 2011 contract with the UAW, according to its top American executive....
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Retreat at VW now may help UAW later

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
It's never easy for a labor union to walk away from a fight, but for the UAW, surrender offered a way to salvage a long-term opportunity from the wreckage of Chattanooga....
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Daimler workers protest over dealership revamp plans in Germany

April 25, 2014 13:05 CET
Daimler workers oppose the automaker's plans to restructure its German network of Mercedes dealerships owned and operated by the company. Mercedes depends on its unprofitable company-owned dealerships for half of its car sales in its home market....
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