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VW's German workers get 3% wage increase

March 5, 2015 12:56 CET

Volkswagen will give workers at German plants a 3.4 percent wage increase even as the automaker looks to boost profitability by cutting costs....
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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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Toyota says union pay demand 'impossible' because costs would jump

6:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

Toyota rebuffed the largest wage increase proposal from its union since 1998, saying the raise would lift costs by about $168 million....
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Union OKs 3% wage rise in Daimler, Porsche's heartland

Feb. 24, 2015 10:47 CET

Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, accepted a 3 percent wage increase for the country's southwest region, home to carmakers Daimler and Porsche. The union had called for a 5.5 percent increase. Deals agreed in the region traditionally serve as a template for agreements across Germany....
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GM caught off-guard by strike at Brazil plant

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

General Motors was caught by surprise today by a strike at its Brazilian car factory as workers protested a planned furlough and layoff of hundreds of staff, in the latest labor disruption in the nation's slumping auto industry....
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UAW chief wants a raise for workers, but not too much

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an "injustice" if workers at the Detroit Three automakers don't get a raise in contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the companies remain competitive....
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Japanese auto workers demand raises as profits approach $34 billion

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015

Japan's auto workers are asking their employers for a bigger share of their projected 4 trillion yen ($33.6 billion) in annual profit in the form of a raise for the next fiscal year....
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VW recognizes anti-UAW worker group ACE at Tenn. plant

5:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Volkswagen says it has recognized a new group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto plant in Chattanooga, in addition to the UAW....
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Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. Ford, after cutting its hourly work force by more than half from 2005 through 2011, has been on a hiring binge. It has added an average of 10 union jobs a day since 2011, company figures show, easily beating a target of 12,000 new jobs in that period....
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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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Cooper-Standard plans to close factories in Europe in cost-cutting move

Feb. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

U.S. supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive plans to shutter factories and cut jobs in Germany and France as it restructures its European operations.The company, which has 12 factories in western Europe, declined to name which factories will be closed or downsized....
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Nissan rejects U.S. government offer to mediate UAW dispute

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

Nissan has rejected a US State Department offer to mediate a dispute between the company and the UAW as the UAW tries to organize workers at Nissan's plant in Mississippi....
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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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VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says

Jan. 29, 2015 16:09 CET

VW Group ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said....
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Zetsche, other top auto chiefs to lobby for EU-U.S. trade deal

Jan. 27, 2015 21:06 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and other captains of Germany's automotive industry have gathered in Berlin today to try to rally support for a transatlantic free trade deal that faces potential collapse....
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Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday....
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AutoNation wants more service lane hospitality

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

AutoNation Inc., the country's biggest dealership group, is recruiting service advisers among restaurant waiters and other service-industry workers, part of a new plan to reduce turnover in a key position....
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Strike ends at VW Brazil factory as 800 workers get jobs back

Jan. 16, 2015 15:08 CET

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Brazil voted to end a 10-day strike after the carmaker agreed to reverse the layoff of 800 employees and presented a new labor deal through 2019....
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Fiat-Chrysler sees 1,500 new jobs at Italian plant

Jan. 12, 2015 15:19 CET

Fiat-Chrysler expects to add 1,500 new jobs at its Melfi plant in Italy in response to the success of its new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. A temporary layoff scheme will also end, allowing 5,418 employees to return to work....
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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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PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET

PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said....
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UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers....
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UAW gains partial recognition at VW plant in Tenn.

7:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

The UAW gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee, the union and a company spokesman said Monday....
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