Labor Unions

Canadian union may strike supplier to GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario

12:41 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers, will strike at Johnson Controls' Whitby, Ontario, plant if the parts maker doesn't reverse its plan to close the facility in a couple of years....
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UAW delegates approve 25% dues hike in contentious vote

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
UAW delegates -- following a contentious debate -- today approved a 25 percent dues rate increase for members that will raise about $50 million annually by taking an extra half-hour of pay a month from rank-and-file workers. The increase takes effect in August....
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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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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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Chrysler, on the rebound, casts wider net for interns, graduates

5:46 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going outside the Midwest to attract young talent and enhance the company's reputation among college students and graduates worried about job security at a domestic automaker....
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GM Korea faces most critical wage negotiations ever, CEO says

8:23 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
GM's South Korea chief said local labor costs may rise 15 percent, fueling profitability concerns in a country where exporters are already struggling with the won's climb to a six-year high....
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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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Chrysler posts $690 million Q1 net loss on merger costs

9:05 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
Chrysler Group reported a net loss of $690 million as it paid transaction costs associated with its completed merger with Fiat. The net loss was the first for Chrysler since the second quarter of 2011....
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GM reassigns executive who dealt with ignition switch probe

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
General Motors has reassigned an executive who dealt with federal safety regulators probing defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, as part of a restructuring meant to improve vehicle safety, the automaker said today....
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GABE NELSON

VW may be ready to give its SUV a home

4:14 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Volkswagen AG could be a few days away from naming a North American assembly site for a mid-sized crossover based on the CrossBlue concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show....
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Daimler names Brecht as company's top workforce representative

May 2, 2014 09:27 CET
Daimler's supervisory board has chosen Michael Brecht as its deputy chairman replacing Erich Klemm, in a move that may smooth management-labor relations at the automaker....
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UAW can still unionize VW's U.S. plant after failed drive, experts say

May 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The UAW still has several options to unionize VW Group's Tennessee car plant in the U.S., labor law experts said, after the union failed to win enough support in a February ballot....
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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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Retreat at VW now may help UAW later

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
It's never easy for a labor union to walk away from a fight, but for the UAW, surrender offered a way to salvage a long-term opportunity from the wreckage of Chattanooga....
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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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UAW's Ashton nominated for GM board

12:06 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2014
UAW Vice President Joe Ashton has been nominated to become the first representative from the union to join General Motors' board of directors, the company said in its proxy statement filed today....
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VW to lay off 900 workers in Brazil

April 25, 2014 07:33 CET
VW will lay off about 900 workers at two Brazilian plants in response to sluggish demand for cars in Latin America's largest economy....
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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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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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