Labor Unions

UAW will create $354.5 million VEBA for staff retirees to settle suit

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015

The UAW agreed to pay $354.5 million to create an independent retiree health care trust that will be similar to those established for retired auto workers at the Detroit 3. The formation of the Voluntary Employee Benefits Association is part of a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit filed in December by retired union staff members who opposed 2013 changes to the UAW's retiree health care plan....
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GM recalls said to trim executive bonuses while sparing UAW

9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

The cost of General Motors' massive ignition-switch recall will cut into executives’ bonuses for last year, even as UAW members’ profit-sharing payments exclude those billions, said two people familiar with the matter....
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Ford's Europe unit hit by pension cost hike, Fields says

Feb. 5, 2015 12:51 CET

Ford CEO Mark Fields said rising pension costs and Russia's sales slump led the automaker to scrap its profit target for Europe. Ford says it expects to narrow its 2015 pretax loss in Europe, but the figure will exceed the $250 million loss it previously projected....
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Ford's new 1,550 workers for F-150 output pushes 300-500 to top-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

Ford is adding 1,550 hourly employees in the first quarter to increase output of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. The hires will cause between 300 and 500 UAW members earning Tier 2 hourly wages of $19.28 today to rise to top-tier status with hourly wages of $28.50....
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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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Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET

The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal....
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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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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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Explosions at auto-parts plant in China kills 17

1:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

An explosion at an auto-parts factory in southern China's Guangdong province killed 17 people and injured 20 others, the official Xinhua News Agency said....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

A look at the people, products and technology that made us take notice in 2014....
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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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TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014

TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities....
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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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UAW makes strides in South, but it's not done

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Persistence has paid off for the UAW in Chattanooga, less than a year after the union lost an organizing election at Volkswagen's plant there....
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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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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss....
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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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DAVE BARKHOLZ

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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Stagnant wages are a drag on new-car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

One reason auto sales in the United States still aren't quite back to the 17 million-a-year pace seen during the boom years before the recession: Many consumers haven't gotten much of a raise since then....
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Jaguar Land Rover and UK union reach pay deal

Dec. 2, 2014 14:30 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said it has reached a deal over pay and pensions with union representatives after revising its offer, which will now be recommended to staff. The union had threatened industrial action if a deal could not be reached....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

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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