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GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

4:07 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal, averting strike

6:30 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors' South Korean unit reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union today, averting a potential strike at one of its key Asian production bases....
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South African union said to reject wage deal to end strike, resume car output

9:49 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
South Africa's biggest union will probably reject the latest pay offer from employers to end a three-week strike that has idled light-vehicle output and other manufacturing because of a clause related to workplace bargaining, a union official said....
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GM may put Brazil workers on paid leave

9:21 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union says, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy....
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EDITORIAL

Good news in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
It has been a tumultuous year at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but VW ultimately decided to expand production there instead of in Mexico to build a crossover starting in late 2016....
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Visteon transferring $350 million in pension assets to Prudential

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Visteon entered into an agreement to transfer a portion of its U.S. pension assets to Prudential Insurance of America as part of its ongoing restructuring....
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Nissan latest automaker to suspend South Africa production amid strike

8:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Nissan joined carmakers including Toyota and Ford in halting production in South Africa as a strike by metalworkers cut auto-component supplies....
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VW targets $6.8 billion in annual cuts to close profit gap with rivals

11:18 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to cut costs and boost productivity at the VW brand by $6.8 billion a year by 2017 to lift sagging profitability. Efficiency gains have failed to keep pace with rising labor costs, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in an internal presentation to company managers....
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Toyota, Ford halt output in South Africa as strike spreads

7:49 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota and Ford are suspending production at South African plants as a two-week strike in the manufacturing industry disrupts the supply of components....
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BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals....
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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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UAW creates union local for VW workers in Tennessee

8:32 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The UAW formed a union local to represent workers at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, where it lost a bitter organizing vote earlier this year. Membership in Local 42 will be voluntary and the unit will not have power to bargain on behalf of all employees at the plant, UAW officials said today....
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GABE NELSON

How UAW can leverage minority support in Chattanooga and elsewhere

2:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Today's surprising news that the UAW will set up a union local for Chattanooga's Volkswagen AG factory -- despite losing the organizing vote there -- signals a new strategy under President Dennis Williams. Start with the devotees. Win over the doubters later....
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Ford says it remains committed to South Africa despite strikes

12:13 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Ford has a long-term commitment to South Africa, its regional head said, playing down any concerns about strikes that an engineering federation said had prompted the carmaker to consider pulling out of the country....
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Penske Logistics to close site servicing Ford

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
Penske Logistics, the lead logistics provider for Ford in North America, plans to shut down a site south of Detroit in September and cut 183 jobs....
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GM Korea workers vote to strike as wage talks continue

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
GM's South Korean workers today voted to go on strike over salaries and production volume, signaling tough annual wage talks for automakers already grappling with falling earnings because of the stronger won....
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VW's struggles in key markets threaten momentum as post-Piech era looms

July 7, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech has succeeded in creating an automotive giant with huge cash reserves. However, problems gaining a foothold in key markets and a delicate power balance could threaten VW after Piech departs....
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GM halts South Africa production after wage talks collapse

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Wage talks to end an indefinite strike by more than 220,000 metalworkers in South Africa failed Thursday as the stoppage forced General Motors to halt output at its vehicle-assembly plant....
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BMW to invest $1 billion in new plant in Mexico, employ 1,500 workers

1:40 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
BMW plans to spend $1 billion to build a plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with capacity of about 150,000 units per year, the company said today. Start of production is planned for 2019, with a work force of about 1,500 employees, said Harald Krueger, BMW board member for production, in a statement. BMW did not disclose what models it will build at the plant....
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GM says one worker killed, four hospitalized in metal plant explosion

4:58 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
General Motors said one person died and four people were hospitalized Tuesday after a chemical explosion at a factory near Fort Wayne, Ind....
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To sell Fiat luxury shift, Marchionne seeks labor peace in Italy

June 30, 2014 10:55 CET
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's visit to Italy last week to solve a labor dispute that threatened Maserati production shows how important the country's plants are becoming to the company's future, a union boss said....
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PSA seeks 500 job cuts at French plant

June 25, 2014 16:27 CET
PSA will offer workers at its plant in Rennes, France, early retirement benefits to reduce headcount at the site by about 10 percent. PSA builds the Peugeot 508 and Citroen C5 in Rennes....
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Ford Fiesta production to stay in Germany after cost-cutting labor deal

9:39 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2014
Ford will make the next generation of the Fiesta small car in Cologne, Germany, targeting $400 million in savings on production costs from 2017 through 2021 because of greater worker flexibility....
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Wage gap rumblings confront UAW

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said he planned to attack the wide compensation disparity between veteran auto workers and new hires during next year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Why next year's GM-UAW handshake promises to be strikingly different

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 2015 labor talks between the Detroit 3 and UAW will be unique. For the first time in history, the hands that reach across the negotiation table for GM and the union will each belong to a woman....
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