Labor Unions

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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Workers halt production at Renault's Turkish plant

May 15, 2015 12:29 CET

Production at Renault's plant in Turkey has been halted due to a protest by workers, a company spokesman said. The factory builds the Clio and Symbol subcompact cars and Megane and Fluence compact models....
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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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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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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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Why so many more VW workers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined....
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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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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN

VW board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

April 27, 2015 08:38 CET

Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of VW Group over the weekend, caused 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....
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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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EDITORIAL

There's no need to come to blows over 2-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Detroit 3 and the UAW are headed for conflict this fall over the controversial two-tier wage system that was put in place in 2007 and helped those companies return to profitability....
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Canadians show one way out of Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

As UAW contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 begin, the Canadian model for dealing with entry-level workers could provide a guide to solving the Tier 2 probelm in the United States....
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Skoda unions issue strike threat over pay demands

April 9, 2015 12:53 CET

Unions at Skoda, Volkswagen's Czech unit, warned that they may strike after rejecting the company's offer for a 3 percent pay rise....
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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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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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VIDEO: UAW delegates voice frustrations

10:34 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Reporter Dave Barkholz spoke with delegates at the 2015 UAW bargaining convention about the issues they are most passionate about....
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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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