Detroit 3

NEWS ANALYSIS

The UAW benefits failure that wasn't

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Despite predictions of failure, the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is thriving today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said....
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GM, Ford use 'veiled threat' of imports to gain leverage with UAW

7:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

GM and Ford are contemplating building cars with lower-paid workers in Mexico and China, a strategy that would improve their hand in contract talks as the UAW seeks higher pay. The automakers and union are in their final weeks of talks to replace four-year contracts that end Sept. 14....
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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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

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

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed....
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UAW says it gained more than 12,000 members in 2014

4:20 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Membership in the UAW rose by more than 12,000 people to 403,466 in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of small gains for the American union, according to an annual filing with the U.S. Department of Labor....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention....
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UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright....
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UAW chief wants a raise for workers, but not too much

11:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an "injustice" if workers at the Detroit Three automakers don't get a raise in contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the companies remain competitive....
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Massive snowstorm hampers auto production, cancels shifts

11:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

More than 16 inches of snow pummeled parts of southeast Michigan overnight, causing some Ford, Chrysler and GM assembly plants to cancel shifts for at least part of today....
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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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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Who says the Detroit 3 can't sell luxury?

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014

We hear an awful lot about the sorry state of Detroit's luxury brands, but if you look at it objectively, Detroit actually isn't bad at selling luxury vehicles. It's just that the luxury vehicles are pickup trucks and SUVs....
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Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014

Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters....
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KEITH CRAIN

Goodbye, Big 3! Does anyone care?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Once again, we would appear to be down to two domestic car companies. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made it official over the weekend that the newly formed company is not American. So we can, as we did before to DaimlerChrysler, say goodbye to an American Chrysler as part of the Big 3....
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Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014

Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was once Asia’s premier auto exhibition....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The Big (Detroit) 3 are back on top, with nudge from Fiat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014

The Big 3 are back. Though maybe not for long. The top of September’s U.S. sales chart would look fairly routine to anyone who was asleep for the past decade and plans to spend this weekend browsing dealer ads in the Sunday newspaper for a good deal on a new PT Cruiser....
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KC CRAIN

BLOG: Wrong move for Cadillac -- the creative vibe is in Detroit, not New York

11:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

It seems like GM is missing a big opportunity in moving Cadillac's headquarters to trendy SoHo in New York. I know I'm biased, but I can't think of many cooler places to have a marketing office than Detroit....
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Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014

German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers....
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Tier 2 wage fight at Lear moves to Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

A new UAW contract that eliminates lower pay for new hires at a Lear Corp. seat plant in Indiana is the opening salvo in a fight over so-called Tier 2 wages that will play out next year in contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit 3....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why the UAW will strike in 2015 -- no matter what's offered

10:22 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014

Here is something that will happen in 2015 upon which you can bet serious money: The UAW will strike one -- and likely all three -- Detroit automakers before reaching a deal on a new labor agreement....
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