Labor Negotiations

UAW president anticipates united front against pay 'inequality'

8:49 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams said today he expects members to emerge from this week's bargaining convention with a unified voice after a full airing of worker concerns about “inequity” in pay and benefits that are a product of a two-tier system....
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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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Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least

March 24, 2015 10:42 CET

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a study shows....
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Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. They'll be calling for hard limits on -- or even eradication of -- the so-called Tier 2 wages that entry-level workers have been paid since 2007....
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Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3....
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Toyota counters union wage request with smaller offer

6:25 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota, which makes more profit than all other Japanese carmakers combined, will offer to raise wages by one-third less than what its labor union requested....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can UAW fix Tier 2 disparity?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler enjoys a labor-cost advantage over Ford after breaking a tradition of pattern deals with the UAW during its 2009 bankruptcy. Now, as the UAW prepares to negotiate new contracts with the Detroit 3, restoring pattern bargaining is going to be difficult....
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Strike ends at Brazil GM plant after union flexes muscle

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Workers at a General Motors factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike today after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry....
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GM union in Canada may seek early bargaining

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

The union that represents GM's Canadian workers may seek early negotiations to secure jobs at the company's Oshawa, Ontario, operations, Unifor National President Jerry Dias said....
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VW angers German union with 2% pay raise offer

Feb. 12, 2015 18:28 CET

Volkswagen offered to raise wages for workers at its German factories by 2.2 percent, drawing harsh criticism from the IG Metall union, which is pushing a 5.5 percent demand....
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Ford's new 1,550 workers for F-150 output pushes 300-500 to top-tier wages

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

Ford is adding 1,550 hourly employees in the first quarter to increase output of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. The hires will cause between 300 and 500 UAW members earning Tier 2 hourly wages of $19.28 today to rise to top-tier status with hourly wages of $28.50....
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Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time

6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. It would be the first time since the UAW agreed to two-tier wages in 2007 that any of the union's members have been moved up to the higher pay scale....
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The UAW's big pay challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade....
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UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

Little by little, UAW taking hold at VW Chattanooga

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

The UAW is well on its way to representing the majority of the 1,500 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga despite the best efforts of right-to-work advocates and Tennessee politicians to keep the union out....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: No collective bargaining, but UAW prepares to talk pay at VW Chattanooga plant

4:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

We're about to find out how much power a UAW local in Chattanooga can wield at the Volkswagen of America assembly plant there....
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Jaguar Land Rover's UK staff rejects pay deal

Nov. 13, 2014 15:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the Unite union says the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action....
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UAW expects union recognition soon at VW Tennessee plant

3:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014

The UAW said it expects Volkswagen AG to announce soon a policy change that would allow for union representation at the company's plant in Tennessee, where the union has faced challenges organizing workers....
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New UAW president vows to be more open to members, public

7:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014

As the UAW faces what many observers say will be the most difficult contract talks with the Detroit automakers in decades in 2015, its new president said more open communication with union members and the public will help at the bargaining table....
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UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW's Tenn. plant within a year

8:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014

The UAW hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga within a year, union President Dennis Williams said Wednesday....
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Hyundai reaches wage deal with union after work stoppages

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage deal today with its South Korean labor union, a union spokesman said, potentially resolving disputes that had dragged on longer than expected and led to partial strikes....
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ANALYSIS

UAW-Lear fight shows 2-tier's grip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

The UAW this summer vowed again to end the practice of paying workers in the same plant different wages for the same work....
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Ford to add 1,200 jobs at Kansas City plant to ramp up Transit production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014

Ford is adding 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to support additional production of the Ford Transit van. The move surpasses the automaker's pledge to the UAW in 2011 to create 12,000 new hourly U.S. jobs by 2015, the company said in a statement today....
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Hyundai, Kia unions plan partial strikes after $10 billion land deal

7:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014

Labor unions at Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are planning partial strikes after a record $10 billion bid to buy property in Seoul's Gangnam district....
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Pay gap remains under Lear UAW contract after demise of two-tier wages

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

The UAW has ended two-tier wages for the majority of workers at a Lear seating plant in Indiana, but certainly not all. A new four-year UAW contract ratified Sunday promises wage parity for about 450 of the 760 workers at Lear's Hammond, Ind., plant, said Tom DiDonato, Lear senior vice president of human resources....
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