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Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. What Subaru does not tout is that its boom is made possible in part by asylum seekers and other cheap foreign laborers from Asia and Africa....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal with union

9:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

General Motors' South Korean unit tentatively reached an annual wage deal with its labor union today, averting a major strike at one of its key Asian production bases, a union spokesman told Reuters....
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U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations....
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Car haulers fight driver shortage

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

Long wait times to pick up cars and paperwork contributes big-time to car-hauler driver job dissatisfaction. It is among the reasons the car hauling industry has a shortage of about 3,000 drivers....
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Ford seeks to shake stigma of Detroit's most generous automaker

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Ford, beset by the highest U.S. labor costs in the industry, is seeking to use contract talks this summer with the UAW to ease the burden....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

2:52 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

UAW, Detroit 3 will talk about wages, not jobs, this time

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2015

Job and product promises sold the last two Detroit 3 contracts to the UAW. This year, the talks are about wages....
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Ford confirms it will build Lincoln Continental in Michigan plant

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor is bringing back to life next year to replace the MKS sedan, will be assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The factory, where the Mustang sports car and Fusion sedan are also assembled, will build the Continental for export to China and other markets, in addition to the U.S., Ford said today....
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Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros to upgrade plants

July 15, 2015 12:22 CET

Porsche will spend 1.1 billion euros ($1.21 billion) through 2020 to upgrade its main production and research sites in Germany....
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Marchionne wants UAW to embrace flexible pay as talks begin

4:20 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, speaking at the ceremonial opening of UAW negotiations, said pay increases for workers should be in the form of profit-sharing and other flexible compensation to avoid locking in higher costs during an industry downturn....
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Today's FCA-UAW handshake to set stage for hotly contested talks

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

With negotiations kicking off this month between U.S. automakers and their main domestic labor union, talks involving Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are poised to be the most contentious....
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GM will stick with U.S. production of small cars as UAW talks commence

12:36 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says GM has no plans to follow Ford's move to relocate its small-car production in the face of slowing demand....
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Detroit 3, UAW set to square off over wages, U.S. jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

The Detroit 3 and UAW will kick off bargaining Monday for new contracts that will set how much more robust, post-recession profits the industry shares with workers, and determine union costs to win more U.S. jobs....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The seriousness of this year’s UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so....
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Porsche labor chief joins VW board

8:41 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues....
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GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise....
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How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW chief's credibility, legacy on the line with Tier 2

12:25 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams flashed an unmistakable determination to solve the union's Tier 2 dilemma during this year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3....
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UAW leaders intent on bridging the gap in auto workers' pay, Williams vows

12:50 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams, using his final press conference before the start of contract negotiations with the Detroit 3, today vowed to address the pay disparity between entry-level workers and longtime auto workers meaningfully in this year's round of bargaining....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested....
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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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NEWS ANALYSIS

FCA scrambling as UAW targets Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's bargaining shake-up reflects worries over UAW vows to roll back Tier 2 hiring. Glenn Shagena, Fiat Chrysler's new lead labor negotiator, is a man on the hot seat....
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GM labor negotiator retires; Barra signals more involvement in UAW talks

10:14 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

General Motors' lead labor negotiator has retired, marking the departure of two of the Detroit 3's top labor officials just weeks ahead of contract negotiations with the UAW. Meanwhile, GM CEO Mary Barra also appears set to take part in the formal talks....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: A prescient meeting with Al Iacobelli

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2015

In 10 years of covering UAW negotiations for Automotive News, a face-to-face conversation I had with Al Iacobelli in 2011 stands above the rest....
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