Labor Unions

GM plans to move some Chevy Equinox assembly to Mexico, report says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
General Motors and the UAW on Wednesday trumpeted the news that production of the Cadillac SRX would be shifted from Mexico to Tennessee, but Reuters has learned that GM also plans to move some other assembly work in the opposite direction....
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GM details plans for SRX, engine production in Tenn.

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
General Motors said today it will invest $185 million to make small engines at its Tennessee assembly plant, while relocating production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX to that factory from a facility in Mexico....
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Daimler settles dispute with UAW over retiree medical benefits for $480 million

6:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Daimler will pay $480 million to settle a dispute with the UAW over medical benefits for retired employees of its North American trucks business, U.S. court records show....
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Anti-UAW workers begin effort to create union at VW Tenn. plant

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
Employees at the Volkswagen AG auto plant in Tennessee are forming a union that is to include hourly and salaried workers, as a counter to the UAW Local 42 that was established last month, a leading anti-UAW worker said today....
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JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex....
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UAW says union membership near majority at VW Tennessee plant

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
The UAW, which lost a controversial organizing vote in February at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, has nearly enough members in its newly formed local for the automaker to recognize it as exclusive bargaining agent for the plant, a top union official said....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Court ruling on telecommuting could affect dealerships

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
What does a former Ford employee with irritable bowel syndrome have to do with car dealerships? Potentially, a lot, says a dealership lawyer....
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Unions force VW to ax consultants in clash over cost cuts, report says

Aug. 8, 2014 09:32 CET
VW's 5 billion euro ($6.68 billion) cost-savings plan was hit by a major setback after labor leaders forced management to ax McKinsey, the consultants working out the cuts, three sources with knowledge of the matter said....
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JAMIE LaREAU

McDonald's and the dealer franchise system

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward. Or not....
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China plant in fatal blast was dusty deathtrap, ex-workers say; Beijing to overhaul safety practices

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The weekend blast at a Kunshan auto parts plant, described by former workers as a dusty deathtrap, prompted China to overhaul workplace safety practices, and reignited concern about occupational hazards in the world's second-largest economy. State media say the blast at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products was triggered by tiny aluminum and magnesium flakes that caught fire....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

U.S. launches safety inspections of Southern auto suppliers

8:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Alarmed by what it calls higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The federal safety agency plans to send field agents to inspect some 2,900 factories -- literally every auto parts plant in those three states....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Why auto workers will be wearing their jobs

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
New factory technology is in the pipeline that will turn workers' clothing into data-emitting devices for plant management....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

GM tries new tools to lure young talent

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
General Motors needs new workers, but young people have the impression that factory work is dull, dingy and monotonous. That partly explains why GM is experimenting with a stream of new tools and innovative factory ideas....
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MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European....
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Daimler reaches labor deal on overhauling Mercedes' German sales network

July 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler has reached a labor agreement that will allow it to sell some Mercedes dealerships in Germany as part of a wider plan to overhaul its sales network in the market....
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Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

4:52 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours....
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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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