Detroit 3

Can Nissan breach Fortress Detroit?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Nissan wants to be king of the imports in Detroit, where it barely has a presence and imports barely matter....
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Obama takes one more Detroit victory lap

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

President Barack Obama, facing Republican criticism over the state of the economy, did another Detroit victory lap Wednesday to showcase the auto companies his administration helped save, but the industry has not turned out the way he hoped in 2009....
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2016 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Auto show's elaborate display builders have more in mind than entertainment

7:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

George P. Johnson, one of several display designers, was tasked with making the Fiat Chrysler show floor memorable -- not only to entertain attendees for public and media show days, but to make the direct pitch that those attendees' next car purchase should be an FCA brand....
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Japan automakers hitch pickups to U.S. growth as gas prices slide

6:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Japanese automakers are taking on the Detroit 3 and scrambling to expand their share of pickup truck sales in the United States, as record low gasoline prices curb demand for their once best-selling small and medium-sized sedans....
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Lear, other suppliers target Detroit industrial park for new operations

11:03 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Lear plans to double down on its investment in Detroit by establishing a new manufacturing plant in the next two years, joining a city-led effort to create a hub with at least four other automotive suppliers....
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ROLE REVERSAL

GM, Ford cut back on rental sales; Asians pick up the slack

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

Over the past few years, General Motors and Ford Motor Co. have become less reliant on the profit-eroding habit of dumping cars onto the rental-car market, according to a review of industrywide rental sales data by Automotive News. Picking up the slack has been a mix of Asian automakers -- most notably Hyundai-Kia....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: UAW members send another loud message to their leadership

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2015

At a time when Americans seem more divided than ever, more than 3,000 union members at Nexteer Automotive in mid-Michigan made a stunning show of solidarity this week. Solidarity against the people running their union, that is....
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U.S. automakers cautious on Pacific trade pact benefits

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2015

U.S. automakers are unlikely to win a much bigger share of the Japanese vehicle market under special provisions of a new Pacific trade deal, an industry advisory committee report found, although the pact will open new markets in Malaysia and Vietnam....
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Ford says UAW contract boosts U.S. labor costs less than 1.5%

9:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Ford's labor costs will rise by less than the projected rate of inflation in each of the next four years, largely because its new contract with the UAW allows the use of more temporary workers and greater flexibility to move production to lower-cost countries if necessary, executives said today....
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Higher UAW wages will push Detroit 3 to find cost solutions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2015

New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years and will likely force the Detroit 3 to search for ways to trim costs to avoid hurting their bottom lines....
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Detroit shifts car output to Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford and Fiat Chrysler are essentially giving up on trying to build mass-market cars profitably in the United States, instead shifting most production of those nameplates to Mexico so they can dedicate U.S. plants to higher-margin pickups and SUVs....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Detroit 3 see no relief on UAW health care costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2015

The Detroit 3 entered labor negotiations with the UAW this year determined to rein in soaring health care tabs. The union seemed to oblige early on, proposing an innovative health care cooperative. But any promise of meaningful reform has been thrown out the window....
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GM, Ford profits have UAW eyeing richer deals after Fiat Chrysler approval

6:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

When UAW members last month turned down the first labor contract negotiated between their union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, it looked like it might go badly for the union. It didn't....
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Shortfall rises by $16 billion at UAW retiree health care fund

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

The estimate of the unfunded future expenses of a trust that pays the health care costs of more than 700,000 UAW retirees from the Detroit 3 automakers widened by $16 billion last year as it changed accounting assumptions and adjusted for new projections of how long members will live....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Union speak: UAW's FCA deal sets floor for GM, Ford bargaining

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams was asked last night whether the union’s tentative contract with Fiat Chrysler would serve as the pattern for deals with Ford and GM. Williams tortured the answer during the Q&A portion of a press briefing announcing the agreement....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: In this round of UAW talks, a high number of anxious new hires

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

The last time that such a large proportion of the UAW membership was new to the contract negotiation process was probably when the UAW was created eight decades ago....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

The UAW benefits failure that wasn't

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Despite predictions of failure, the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is thriving today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said....
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GM, Ford use 'veiled threat' of imports to gain leverage with UAW

7:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

GM and Ford are contemplating building cars with lower-paid workers in Mexico and China, a strategy that would improve their hand in contract talks as the UAW seeks higher pay. The automakers and union are in their final weeks of talks to replace four-year contracts that end Sept. 14....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

4:38 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers....
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UAW begins talks with U.S. automakers in July

2:03 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

The UAW, seeking to close the pay gap between veteran and newer workers, will begin formal negotiations with the biggest U.S. automakers next month, union Vice President Jimmy Settles told reporters today....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed....
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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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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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UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright....
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