Politics

Fresh from win over UAW at VW, Norquist vows anti-union push

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
Fresh from helping to defeat a unionization drive at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee, Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist outlined an anti-union strategy that ties labor to liberals, with the long-term goal of sapping union financial support for Democrats.... Read More »

 

U.S. conservative 'Joe the Plumber' joins UAW at Chrysler

1:20 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
An Ohio man who rose to fame as "Joe the Plumber" by challenging then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on tax policy in 2008 has taken a unionized job at Chrysler Group.... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Why the UAW can only blame itself for losing at VW

11:58 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Cooperative partnership helped the UAW get in the door at Volkswagen Chattanooga. But the strategy, which brought Detroit 3 auto workers a pernicious two-tier wage system in 2007 and other employer-friendly concessions over the past decade, proved the union's undoing in the organizing election last week.... Read More »

 

Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
President Barack Obama today waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than American workers.... Read More »

 

Chattanooga mayor: Don't 'let politics trump jobs'

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Regardless of how Volkswagen workers vote on UAW representation, Chattanooga's mayor has just one thing on his mind: winning a plant expansion to build a new SUV.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Biden says U.S. bet on auto industry paid off

12:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden said the federal government's wager on the nation's automotive industry has paid off. "We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you and we won," he said today during a speech at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Why economic developers love auto events

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2014
Wherever auto executives gather, so do people trying to land the next new plant location or retain the car jobs they’ve already won. The economic development folks hit Detroit in droves this week.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

EPA chief gives automakers 'A' for fuel economy effort

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2014
Car companies are fiercely competing for better fuel economy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is convinced they're trying about as hard as they can.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

In Korea, free trade still not balanced trade

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Import car sales in South Korea rocketed 20 percent higher in 2013 to an all-time high. Proof that the United States free-trade pact is finally paying off for Detroit? Think again.... Read More »

 

U.S. automakers call for currency rule in Pacific trade pact

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
American automakers on Thursday pushed for rules against currency manipulation to be included in an ambitious trade pact being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.... Read More »

 

U.S. study of automotive location data raises privacy concerns

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2014
The government's research arm found that data-hungry in-car location services could use some improvement in the privacy and consumer notification departments. The Government Accountability Office's report prompted Minnesota Senator Al Franken, the longtime comedian and political pundit, to call on Congress to pass a location-privacy bill.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Biden, Obama Cabinet members to attend show, report says

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden and three members of President Obama’s Cabinet are set to attend the Detroit auto show next week.... Read More »

 

Strickland stepping down as head of NHTSA

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2013
David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leaving the agency. Strickland, 45, has been the United States' top auto safety regulator since early 2010. NHTSA's current second-in-command, David Friedman, a fuel economy expert who worked at the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists before joining the agency earlier this year, was named acting administrator.... Read More »

 

GM Holden asks for help as it considers future in Australia

10:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2013
GM's Holden unit has made the case for continued government assistance in Australia as it considers whether to keep making cars in the nation.... Read More »

 

U.S. sells last of GM shares, ending 'Government Motors' era

Dec. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
The U.S. Treasury sold its last shares of General Motors stock, ending more than four years of government ownership in the nation's largest automaker at a loss of about $10.5 billion to U.S. taxpayers.... Read More »

 

Study: GM, Chrysler bailouts generated 8-to-1 savings

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Taxpayers are likely to lose nearly $14 billion on the bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, but an analysis released today by the Center for Automotive Research says the intervention should still be seen as a success.... Read More »

 

U.S. sells last of GM shares, ending 'Government Motors' era

4:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
The Treasury on Monday sold its last shares of General Motors stock, ending more than four years of government ownership in the nation's largest automaker at a loss of about $10.5 billion to U.S. taxpayers. The government said in a statement that it recouped $39 billion of its original $49.5 billion investment into GM. Company executives and dealers say that the stigma of federal ownership, which earned GM the derisive nickname “Government Motors,” has hurt sales.... Read More »

 

Renewable fuel backers try to change EPA's mind at hearing

2:12 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2013
Supporters of the renewable fuels industry turned out en masse on Thursday, desperate for the federal government to change course after last month announcing a plan to lower the amount of biofuels that must be added to the fuel supply in 2014.... Read More »

 

U.S. senator asks automakers how they will thwart hackers

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2013
A United States senator has asked 20 of the world's biggest automakers for information on how they secure their vehicles from cyber attacks, in light of reports by security experts who say they have identified ways to hack into cars.... Read More »

 

Tesla woos car-guy lawmakers with rides to counter dealers' cash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2013
At both the state and federal level, Tesla Motors is running a risk Microsoft faced in the 1990s, when it found itself in the midst of a government antitrust action without an experienced advocacy team to shepherd it through the system and build allies for the future. As a result, CEO Elon Musk is putting his star power against one of the best connected and most experienced lobbies, which has outspent Tesla by multitudes in state capitols and often has some of their own serving as legislators.... Read More »

 

Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

Nov. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Organizers say an Iranian auto industry conference scheduled for next weekend is attracting a lot of attention after last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran.... Read More »

 

Iran accord sparks race to Tehran as automakers target deals

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2013
Sasan Ghorbani says the Iranian auto industry conference he's organizing in Tehran next weekend is suddenly a hotter ticket than he'd expected. Visas will be made available upon arrival to meet a surge in demand after the last weekend's Geneva agreement to ease trade restrictions on Iran, said Ghorbani, head of the Islamic Republic's auto-parts manufacturers association.... Read More »

 

VW wants German-style labor model at U.S. plant, but workers must vote

Nov. 20, 2013 21:03 CET
Volkswagen wants the workers at its U.S. plant represented by a German-style works council, but the final form of representation and whether that includes the UAW must be decided by the employees in a formal vote.... Read More »

 

VW wants German-style labor model at U.S. plant, but workers must vote

3:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
Volkswagen AG wants the workers at its Tennessee plant represented by a German-style works council, but the final form of representation and whether that includes the UAW must be decided by the employees in a formal vote, the automaker's top executive in the United States said today.... Read More »

 

Berlin prosecutors target Daimler in Merkel aide probe

Nov. 9, 2013 10:36 CET
Daimler executives are under investigation for suspicion of granting undue advantage to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's former aide, Eckart von Klaeden, who joined the carmaker as a lobbyist.... Read More »

 

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