Employees at Volkswagen Chattanooga have voted against United Auto Workers (UAW) representation in a secret ballot election. Continue Reading...
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Chrysler Group has closed a deal which will see the brand pay $5 billion to a United Auto Workers (UAW) trust in order to complete its plan to buyout the union. Continue Reading...
Fiat has finally reached an agreement with the UAW’s VEBA Trust to purchase the remaining 41.46 percent stake that it does not own. Continue Reading...
The UAW Healthcare Trust that owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler will have almost another year to argue with Fiat over what its share of the company is worth. Continue Reading...
Chrysler workers that were fired two years ago for drinking on the job have been reinstated at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant against the companies wishes following a union-backed arbitration process. Continue Reading...
Mixing business and emotion is dangerous, as some 2,000 workers in Oshawa, Canada are learning today. The GM plant they work at, which manufactures the Chevrolet Impala and runs a flex line for the Equinox, will axe 2,000 jobs. Continue Reading...
Former US House Speaker and REpublican party nominee Newt Gingrich recently touched on the auto industry at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa. At his first real test as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Gingrich responded to a question about jobs leaving the United States and targeted the United Auto Workers (UAW)…. Continue Reading...
Despite the United Auto Workers (UAW) claiming that they’re backing off trying to organize a foreign auto plant in America by year’s end, the mission to do so isn’t off the table entirely. UAW has continued to plot a plan to unionize factories owned by Daimler and Volkswagen, it just won’t happen before 2012 comes…. Continue Reading...
UAW’s focus on unionizing a foreign auto plant in America by year’s end has been dropped, showing a major shift in their strategy in the union’s recruiting efforts. We’re shifting our strategy a little bit,” UAW President Bob King said. “We are not going to announce a target at all. We are not going to… Continue Reading...
UAW members are scheduled to picket outside General Motors’ Orion Township Plant today, where the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano are built. Negotiations have stalled between the union and an in-house supplier owned by the Ambassador Bridge’s Moroun family. According to Pat Sweeney, president of Orion’s UAW Local 5960, current LINC Logistics employees make… Continue Reading...
Local 551 of Chicago’s Ford Plant gave a resounding “no” to the new four-year labor contract. Local 551 represents about 6 percent of Ford’s United Auto Workers (UAW) employees and according to secretary-treasurer Scott Houldieson of Local 551, the two-tier pay scale was one of the biggest reasons the plant’s workers voted against it. The… Continue Reading...
Ford is opening the floor to 2011’s contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers—which always ends in suspense. Will the UAW walk away in anger? Will they threaten a strike? Will Ford shut down a couple more plants and idle production for months on end? Or will the ghost of Henry Ford send in the… Continue Reading...
The long-anticipated replacement for the Aveo, the Chevrolet Sonic, is set to drop in August. But a strike at the Sonic’s plant could delay this—thanks to a pay discrepancy among assembly workers. The Sonic is being built by workers at the Orion assembly plant in Michigan, under the supervision of supplier LINC Logistics Co. Workers here… Continue Reading...
UAW President Bob King is angling for seats on the Big Three’s respective Boards Of Directors, and will likely use this as a negotiating point when contracts are discussed with automakers this summer. “I believe there should be workers’ representation on all boards,” King told The Detroit Bureau, arguing that German car companies employ the… Continue Reading...
General Motors will invest $2 billion across 17 plants, as the company retools existing plants to build new products and hire more workers. GM confirmed that their Toledo, Ohio plant would receive $250 million in improvements and create 250 new jobs. CEO Dan Akerson didn’t announced which plants would be infused with new capital, but the Detroit-Hamtramck… Continue Reading...
A group of 28 workers at General Motors’ Lordstown, Ohio plant are suing both GM and the UAW, claiming that they were wrongly classified as temporary workers, resulting in a 40 percent pay cut. The workers were hired in 2006, fired in 2007 and then re-hired 6 months later. The workers say they were classified… Continue Reading...
General Motors is investing $131 million into their Bowling Green, Kentucky factory to help improve the legendary plant that produces the Chevrolet Corvette, but a new car won’t show up for another two model years. Having made upgrades to the 2012 model, General Motors will focus on re-tooling the plant, while also adding 250 workers… Continue Reading...
UAW President Bob King said that the union may abandon their tactic of targeting one automaker during contract negotiations and negotiate with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors at the same time. The UAW previously targeted one automaker during negotiations and used that to set an example for the others. However, King says that the relationship… Continue Reading...
The Big Three U.S. automakers are poised to add 36,000 new manufacturing jobs by 2015 according to economist Sean McAlinden of the Center for Automotive Research. Speaking after a lecture at Wayne State University, McAlinden told reports that the current workforce employed by the GM, Ford and Chrysler is currently working at near maximum capacity… Continue Reading...
General Motors will recall 2,000 laid off workers by September according to a Detroit News report, allowing the company to start hiring new workers for its American plants. While G.M. representatives would not confirm any timeline, Joe Ashton, UAW VP in charge of GM, confirmed that the workers would be back, stating “We will have… Continue Reading...
UAW chief Bob King slammed Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s $56.5 million stock package, claiming that “I don’t think any human being in the world deserves that much money.” While certain to raise the ire of Ayn Rand fanatics everywhere, King is amping up the rhetoric ahead of the United Auto Workers “bargaining conference” where strategies… Continue Reading...
With Ford awarding more than $130 million in stock to its top executives, the UAW official in charge of Ford is optimistic that the company will also compensate union members who build the vehicles that Ford sells. “I am going to look at that on the up side and say that I know that they… Continue Reading...
A Chrysler worker, claiming to have been fired after ending a relationship with the son of a United Auto Workers official, is now suing the UAW for sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Janet Burney began dating Pat Byers, son of John Byers, who was… Continue Reading...
Even though Toyota saw its dealerships and other facilities picketed by UAW members in 2010, Honda is taking a tough stance on any interference by the United Auto Workers, with John Mendel, Honda‘s executive vice-president, dismissing them in a speech made on Tuesday. “The union announced that they’re going to target the operations of international… Continue Reading...