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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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Honda counts on new models to help end Europe woes

Dec. 8, 2014 06:01 CET

Honda says new models and a leaner organization will help it rebound in Europe in 2015 after seven years of falling sales....
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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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Skills gap imperils small-town auto suppliers

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Auto suppliers such as Continental Structural Plastics have gravitated to small towns. But as labor needs transition from low-cost, low-skilled workers to an educated, highly skilled labor force, auto companies are struggling to persuade this new type of employee to live and work in towns devoid of big-city amenities....
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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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Backed by ruling, UAW says Mercedes must let Ala. workers discuss organizing

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

The UAW, backed by an NLRB ruling, pressed managers at the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor....
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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET

Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany....
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Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET

Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant....
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PSA plans to cut 3,450 French jobs in 2015, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 17:27 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is preparing to cut another 3,450 French jobs next year, sources said, as the troubled carmaker pursues a recovery plan under new CEO Carlos Tavares....
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Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET

Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan....
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VW details new labor policy for Tenn. plant

9:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014

A new policy at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga would let organized labor groups hold regular meetings at the plant and engage with plant executives but stops short of extending collective bargaining rights to any particular labor union....
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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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