Dave Barkholz [email protected] See All Staff Page Recent Stories Why the FCA-UAW scandal looks like a rogue action If the FCA-UAW corruption charges are proven, it has to be seen as a rogue action taken by officials intent on enriching themselves. UAW risks moral stance with VW election gambit After losing a general union election last year at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, the UAW has returned with a new election petition to represent just 160 skilled-trades workers there. Ending Tier 2 will put UAW-GM deal over the top 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 sees earnings boost from cost-cutting, improved efficiency 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 Janesville, Wis., plant slated to close for good, UAW memo shows 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. GM commits to spend $8.3 billion, upgrade 12 U.S. plants under UAW pact 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. GM workers can credit FCA rank and file for UAW's 'transformative' deal UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada will reveal details Wednesday of a tentative four-year deal with General Motors that she is describing as “transformative.” A strike at GM would potentially cost $1.1 billion a week A UAW strike of General Motors, perhaps as early as midnight tonight, could potentially cost the automaker at least $1.1 billion a week in lost revenue and exacerbate shortages of some hot-selling models. Detroit 3, UAW will ditch hiring caps, sources say The UAW's new contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will set the pattern for how first General Motors and then Ford fix the divisive two-tier wage system at their factories, said sources familiar with the negotiations. Big shoes to fill at FCA ahead of UAW talks With Al Iacobelli's surprising departure on the eve of this year's UAW negotiations, his replacement, Glenn Shagena, will have to get up to speed quickly. Tech-savvy buyers driving new breed of young managers 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.