Labor Unions

GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: A new Normal? Don't bet on it

12:54 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

Given Mitsubishi’s low U.S. output, it was not totally surprising to hear the Japanese automaker will end U.S. production. More surprising was hearing company officials say that they have several prospects to buy the plant in Normal, Ill....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal with union

9:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

General Motors' South Korean unit tentatively reached an annual wage deal with its labor union today, averting a major strike at one of its key Asian production bases, a union spokesman told Reuters....
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U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations....
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Ford seeks to shake stigma of Detroit's most generous automaker

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Ford, beset by the highest U.S. labor costs in the industry, is seeking to use contract talks this summer with the UAW to ease the burden....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

2:52 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally....
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Ford moves put UAW on roller coaster

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

Ford Motor Co. has given the UAW some good news and some bad news as it prepares for a contentious round of contract talks. The company last week confirmed plans to build the 2017 Lincoln Continental in Flat Rock, Mich., a week after revealing plans to move production of the Focus and C-Max out of a nearby plant....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

UAW, Detroit 3 will talk about wages, not jobs, this time

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2015

Job and product promises sold the last two Detroit 3 contracts to the UAW. This year, the talks are about wages....
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Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit....
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Ford confirms it will build Lincoln Continental in Michigan plant

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor is bringing back to life next year to replace the MKS sedan, will be assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The factory, where the Mustang sports car and Fusion sedan are also assembled, will build the Continental for export to China and other markets, in addition to the U.S., Ford said today....
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Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros to upgrade plants

July 15, 2015 12:22 CET

Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros ($1.21 billion) through 2020 to upgrade its main production and research sites in Germany....
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Marchionne wants UAW to embrace flexible pay as talks begin

4:20 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, speaking at the ceremonial opening of UAW negotiations, said pay increases for workers should be in the form of profit-sharing and other flexible compensation to avoid locking in higher costs during an industry downturn....
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Today's FCA-UAW handshake to set stage for hotly contested talks

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

With negotiations kicking off this month between U.S. automakers and their main domestic labor union, talks involving Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are poised to be the most contentious....
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VIDEO: First Shift: FCA, UAW headed for showdown?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

FCA, UAW headed for showdown?; GM won't follow Ford's small-car move; Toyota Mirai orders; Volvo buys tuner unit; Stamping out stench in used cars....
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GM will stick with U.S. production of small cars as UAW talks commence

12:36 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says GM has no plans to follow Ford's move to relocate its small-car production in the face of slowing demand....
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Renault says strike at Spanish supplier has ended

July 13, 2015 16:22 CET

Renault said a 10-day strike at Spanish aluminum casting supplier Alumalsa had ended and had not significantly hit production....
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JASON STEIN

Time to rethink Detroit 3-UAW ties

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

Automakers have spent eight decades primarily treating the UAW first as a nuisance, then as an adversary, and only recently, as an occasional partner....
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Detroit 3, UAW set to square off over wages, U.S. jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

The Detroit 3 and UAW will kick off bargaining Monday for new contracts that will set how much more robust, post-recession profits the industry shares with workers, and determine union costs to win more U.S. jobs....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The seriousness of this year’s UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so....
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UAW wages may be flat, but workers' pay is up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In contract talks with the Detroit 3, the UAW will be looking to boost the pay of veteran Tier 1 workers, who haven't had a wage increase in a decade. But that doesn't mean their pay hasn't gone up....
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FROM THE ARCHIVES

The end of the Jobs Bank, a symbol of excess

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2015

Perhaps nothing did more to damage the reputation of the UAW -- and the U.S. automakers that employed its members -- than the Jobs Bank, a program that paid excess workers to do nothing all day....
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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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