After a decade of concessions and a declining standard of living, UAW-represented workers at GM generally are not happy with their tentative four-year labor deal. But I believe they will ratify the contract this week -- probably with a 55 percent margin.
CDK Global CEO Steve Anenen said today that the dealership software company should see $10 million in savings over the next nine months from consolidation of its customer support staff and better software implementation processes.
GM's mothballed assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., is slated to be closed permanently, the UAW disclosed in documents related to its tentative labor deal with the automaker. Output at the 96-year-old plant was shuttered in December 2008, six months ahead of GM's bankruptcy.
The UAW's tentative contract with GM includes a commitment to spend $1.9 billion more than what's already been pledged on upgrades to 12 U.S. plants, along with the union's first significant wage increases in a decade and an $8,000 signing bonus to persuade workers to support the package.
Whether shooting video, changing sales and marketing strategies or finding new ways to use social media, young managers such as this year's other 40 under 40 honorees are leading cultural change in dealerships driven, they say, by tech-savvy consumers who want a fast, transparent buying experience.