Chrysler Plant Workers Arrested For Suspected Drug Use At Work

Chrysler Plant Workers Arrested For Suspected Drug Use At Work
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Mere months after workers at Chrysler’s Jefferson North factory were caught drinking and smoking marijuana on their lunch breaks, three employees were arrested by law enforcement agencies after Chrysler tipped off police regarding workers who continued to abuse substances while on the job. The workers were arrested on January 24th, but have yet to be… Continue Reading...

UAW President Tries To Blackmail Foreign OEMs Into Organizing As UAW Survival Questioned

UAW President Tries To Blackmail Foreign OEMs Into Organizing As UAW Survival Questioned
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The United Auto Workers continued its campaign of irrelevancy as its President, Bob King, launched a series of veiled threats at foreign automakers with American plants (such as the Honda plant seen above), while simultaneously stating that the very survival of the UAW is at stake – and the organization of a foreign automaker’s plant is the… Continue Reading...

General Motors Ready To Repay U.S. Treasury $2.1 Billion

General Motors Ready To Repay U.S. Treasury $2.1 Billion
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General Motors will buy $2.1 billion worth of preferred stock as part of a move to pay off its $49.5 billion in federal bailout loans.  GM will also launch a series of measures to reduce its debt by $11 billion. GM will make contributions to the UAW pension fund, to the tune of $6 billion, and secure… Continue Reading...

Chrysler Fires 13 Workers At Jeep Plant Over Workplace Intoxication

Chrysler Fires 13 Workers At Jeep Plant Over Workplace Intoxication
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It’s a common truism that unionized auto workers have the most secure jobs in the world. But 13 Chrysler line workers caught drinking and smoking marijuana during their lunch break better start looking for new jobs. Chrysler has announced that the dirty dozen (and one other poor shmuck) have been fired for their actions. Their… Continue Reading...

Chrysler Plant Workers Caught Drinking, Getting Stoned (Video Inside)

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Chrysler Plant Workers Caught Drinking, Getting Stoned (Video Inside)
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Stories of domestic auto workers showing up to work inebriated, and displaying reckless disregard for the integrity of their job are legion among a generation of consumers who swore off American cars in favor of imports. But that was the pre-internet era, where evidence was mostly anecdotal. Now, The Truth About Cars, via Fox News, has a… Continue Reading...

Wall Street Journal Columnist: GM Should Watch Out For VW, UAW As Obstacles To Prosperity

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Wall Street Journal Columnist: GM Should Watch Out For VW, UAW As Obstacles To Prosperity
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A column in today’s Wall Street Journal was hidden behind the “subscribers only” section to the detriment of many industry watchers, as the Journal’s Holman Jenkins outlined what he sees as GM’s biggest threats to becoming successful again; a resurgent Volkswagen, and a UAW that Jenkins feels is representing interests that run counter to the workers and… Continue Reading...

“Hiring Former NUMMI Workers Is A Priority For Us”- Tesla CEO Elon Musk

“Hiring Former NUMMI Workers Is A Priority For Us”- Tesla CEO Elon Musk
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After acquiring the former NUMMI plant jointly owned by General Motors and Toyota, Tesla Motors was immediately targeted by the UAW for a guilt-trip campaign by the United Auto Workers to re-hire the 4,700 workers set to lose their jobs as the plant closed. In an interview on a California radio show, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was… Continue Reading...

UAW Putting Pressure On Toyota/Tesla To Hire Union Workers For New Joint Venture

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UAW Putting Pressure On Toyota/Tesla To Hire Union Workers For New Joint Venture
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The United Auto Workers is busy inserting itself into the Toyota/Tesla joint venture barely 24 hours after it was even announced. The two companies announced that they would be collaborating on electric vehicles, and Tesla would be taking over the revolutionary (at the time) NUMMI plant in Fremont, California, to build their new Model S… Continue Reading...

GM Looks to Exit Bankruptcy Court By Thursday as Asset Sale Approved

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GM Looks to Exit Bankruptcy Court By Thursday as Asset Sale Approved
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Late Sunday a judge approved the sale of GM’s assets to a group comprised of the U.S. government, the UAW and the Canadian and Ontario governments under the name NGMCO, Inc. The decision will see GM exit bankruptcy court quickly with the ‘New GM’ assets going to NGMCO, while the ‘Old GM’ assets will be… Continue Reading...

UAW Reaches Agreement With General Motors

UAW Reaches Agreement With General Motors
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As a government imposed June 1st bankruptcy deadline looms on the horizon, the UAW is reporting that it has reached a tentative agreement with General Motors and the U.S. Treasury. The specifics of the agreement will not be made public until the contract is ratified, however, the UAW did say that changes have been made… Continue Reading...

Obama Proposes Significant Rise in Fuel-Efficiency Standards

Obama Proposes Significant Rise in Fuel-Efficiency Standards
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Yesterday President Obama announced a new proposal being put forward to increase fuel-economy standards across the board. If enacted, the legislation would see the fleet average for passenger vehicles rise to 35.5 mpg by 2016. Currently automakers are facing an 8 percent increase in fuel-economy standards that would see fleet averages for light-vehicles (cars and… Continue Reading...

Chrysler Bankruptcy May Take Two Years Says New Report

Chrysler Bankruptcy May Take Two Years Says New Report
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From start to finish, Chrysler’s bankruptcy proceedings could take as long as two years, according to a Bloomberg report. The article cites an administration official, and says that the initial period of 30 to 60 days for the “quick and surgical” process only refers to the period required to sell the major assets to a… Continue Reading...

Chrysler to Idle Plants During Bankruptcy

Chrysler to Idle Plants During Bankruptcy
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Starting Monday, Chrysler will idle most of its plants as the company restructures under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. This will include 8 U.S. assembly plants, as well as facilities in Canada and Mexico. Other pre-assembly facilities will also face temporary closure including five North American engine plants, six stamping plants and seven transmission plants…. Continue Reading...

Chrysler/UAW Agreement Gives Union 55 Percent Share of Automaker

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Chrysler/UAW Agreement Gives Union 55 Percent Share of Automaker
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  Less than a day after the UAW, Chrysler and Fiat agreed upon the terms of a contract that would keep the struggling U.S. automaker afloat, details of the agreement have surfaced in which the union will take a controlling share in Chrysler. At first it seemed almost too good to be true that all… Continue Reading...

General Motors To Idle Plants for Two Months This Summer

General Motors To Idle Plants for Two Months This Summer
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Several major news outlets are reporting that General Motors is planning extended shutdowns of its U.S. plants this summer. The plants would be idled for as much as nine weeks from mid-May through July. While it is common practice for plants to idle for a “summer break” during the sunny season, that period has traditionally… Continue Reading...

Fiat Ready to Walk on Deal With Chrysler After Canadian Union Refuses to Budge

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Fiat Ready to Walk on Deal With Chrysler After Canadian Union Refuses to Budge
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Fiat is about ready to walk away from a potential partnership with Chrysler says CEO Sergio Marchionne unless the U.S. automaker can significantly cut labor costs. While the United Auto Workers union has made it known that it is willing to work with Fiat and Chrysler management, the Canadian Auto Workers union isn’t. “From what… Continue Reading...

Obama Will Set Bankruptcy Deadline for GM and Chrysler on Monday

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Obama Will Set Bankruptcy Deadline for GM and Chrysler on Monday
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According to the reliable folks over at GMInsideNews, on Monday the Obama Administration will announce a bankruptcy deadline for both General Motors and Chrysler.  It has been rumored that the government will release more details about its aid for the U.S. auto industry on Monday, but now it appears the announcement will include this strong-arm… Continue Reading...