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2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

EU aims to have 20 percent of GDP come from manufacturing, official says

June 4, 2014 11:50 CET
The European Union wants to boost the bloc's share of economic output coming from manufacturing by a quarter by 2020, its official in charge of automotive regulation told the Automotive News Europe Congress....
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VW labor chief promises continued support for UAW union in U.S.

June 3, 2014 06:01 CET
The UAW union will “start anew” at VW Group's Chattanooga assembly plant in the U.S. to represent workers there, Frank Patta, the chief labor representative to VW's works councils worldwide said....
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BMW plans to cut 100 million euros of German labor costs per year, report says

June 2, 2014 22:11 CET
BMW intends to cut 100 million euros ($136 million) of German labor costs annually from 2015 onwards, a German newspaper reported, citing workers' representatives....
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King makes the case to UAW delegates for dues hike

4:05 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King today appealed to delegates for an increase in member dues without using the word “dues.” During his state-of-the-union address, King asked the 1,100 assembled delegates at the UAW Constitutional Convention to strongly consider “constitutional changes” that clearly alluded to a 25 percent dues increase needed for organizing and rebuilding the union’s declining strike fund....
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VW works councils rep vows continued support for UAW in Chattanooga

1:04 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The UAW must and will “start anew” at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga assembly plant to represent workers there in collective bargaining and on works councils that create labor co-determination with management, the chief labor representative to VW’s works councils worldwide said....
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King seeks unity as UAW tries to organize transplants, preps for Detroit 3 talks

9:40 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King, who retires this week, wants to build unity at the union as it continues efforts to organize transplants in the South and prepares for collective bargaining with the Detroit 3 next year....
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EDITORIAL

2-tier wages served a purpose, but not anymore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
It's unlikely that the UAW and Detroit 3 can eliminate two-tier wages in the next round of contract negotiations. But labor and management should use the opportunity to whittle away at the inequities inherent in the wage system....
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Study shows federal regulations cost dealers billions, jobs

6:00 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Franchised new-car dealers in the United States spent a combined $3.2 billion in 2012 to meet federal regulations, a new report found. The report made no attempt to determine whether dealerships, the economy, or consumers benefited in any way from any of those regulations, however....
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Why mess with 2-tier wage success?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Ford's Americas boss Joe Hinrichs says it would be risky to mess with the two-tier wage structure during 2015 UAW contract talks. Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne, meanwhile, says the system isn't sustainable....
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Bentley boosts work force ahead of SUV output

May 20, 2014 12:01 CET
Bentley will create 140 new jobs at its UK headquarters ahead of the production start for its first SUV in 2016. The majority of the new hires will be engineers....
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Auto supplier wins U.S. court appeal over health insurer for hidden fees

3:06 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2014
A Michigan auto supplier won a federal court appeal over a health insurer in a $6 million dispute over hidden fees charged to self-insured clients....
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UAW can still unionize VW plant after failed drive, experts say

4:07 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
The UAW still has several options to unionize Volkswagen AG's Tennessee car plant, labor law experts said, after it failed to win enough support and last week dropped its challenge to the election results....
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Ford likely to exceed pledge to hire 12,000 workers by 2015

3:49 pm U.S. ET | April 30, 2014
Ford, boosted by record profits in North America, is likely to hire more than the 12,000 new workers that it promised in its 2011 contract with the UAW, according to its top American executive....
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Daimler workers protest over dealership revamp plans in Germany

April 25, 2014 13:05 CET
Daimler workers oppose the automaker's plans to restructure its German network of Mercedes dealerships owned and operated by the company. Mercedes depends on its unprofitable company-owned dealerships for half of its car sales in its home market....
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Marchionne's Fiat-Chrysler seen as success story by Italy's economy minister

April 25, 2014 15:13 CET
The restructuring of the Fiat-Chrysler group by Sergio Marchionne should be seen as a success story rather than a case of offshoring operations, Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan told an Italian newspaper....
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UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

8:29 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee....
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Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout

2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

Why the UAW appeal at VW is a slippery slope

3:23 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
The UAW better be careful what it wishes for. If the union convinces President Barack Obama's National Labor Relations Board that it's an unfair labor practice for political leaders to be publicly involved in an organizing effort, then organized labor risks diluting the power of its best weapon: public pressure....
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AutoNation wants more service lane hospitality

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
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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Renault cuts 2,500 jobs in 1st year of French union deal

April 4, 2014 09:00 CET
Renault has cut about 2,500 jobs in the first year of a productivity deal with French unions and says the pact is on course to deliver 500 million euros ($690 million) in savings....
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Unifor delays union vote at Toyota's Canada plants

6:37 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
The union pushing to organize workers at Toyota's Canadian plants said on Thursday it would delay a union vote after Toyota said some 7,500 employees would be eligible to join the unit, nearly 1,000 more than the union had believed. The news is a setback for Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, which filed for certification with the Ontario labor board on Monday and said voting would start next week....
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UAW, citing anti-union collusion, seeks delay in hearing on VW vote

10:01 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
The UAW asked a federal agency to stay an April 21 hearing related to a mid-February union vote it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, citing what it called new evidence of collusion between Republican lawmakers and anti-union groups....
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Toyota factory workers in Canada to vote on joining Unifor union

2:58 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Workers at Toyota's Canadian manufacturing plants are set to vote next week on whether to unionize. Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, said on Monday it has filed with the Ontario labor board to hold a union certification vote at three Toyota assembly plants in Canada....
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As labor veteran retires, Daimler eyes smoother cost cuts

March 31, 2014 08:03 CET
The retirement from Daimler's supervisory board of combative trade union veteran Erich Klemm may smooth management-labor relations at the company and boost the career of Wolfgang Bernhard, who is seen as a candidate to succeed CEO Dieter Zetsche....
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EDITORIAL

Polarized politics and the changing auto landscape

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As government assistance appears to lose appeal in attracting new auto manufacturing investments, the industry and politicians in North America must rethink how they cooperate....
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Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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