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Global Auto Supply Base Revs Up

May 21, 2020 at 7:37 PM

Parts suppliers are cranking up production worldwide, but “normal” is months away

EU Readies $22 Billion to Stimulate Auto Market

May 20, 2020 at 6:13 PM

The biggest question is which models will qualify?

What Suppliers Need to Know Right Now

May 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM

This is a time of reckoning for the auto industry, says Paul Eichenberg. He has some recommendations as to how companies can make their way through it.

Ex-UAW Chief Arraigned on Embezzlement Charges

May 14, 2020 at 4:33 PM

Guilty plea expected next month as federal probe targets second ex-UAW president

Restart Checklist for Suppliers Developed and Available

May 06, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Getting your operations back up and running in light of COVID-19 is daunting. This can help

Tracking the Experience of Returning to Work

May 05, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Helping companies track employee concerns about returning to work

Mark Fields on the State of the U.S. Auto Industry

April 30, 2020 at 1:43 PM

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields talks about what is happening now and where it will be going forward

Why Reshoring Matters Now More Than Ever

April 27, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Supply chains can be tricky things—especially when you need quick responses for market changes

UAW Pushes Back on Production Plans

April 23, 2020 at 9:19 PM

United Auto Workers says May 4 is too soon to resume auto production. The Union wants more testing to ensure safe workplaces. 

New Pandemic Tool: Buzz-Off Alarm

April 16, 2020 at 8:51 PM

Will this become a training aid for all of us?

Honda to Make Ventilator Compressors in Ohio

April 15, 2020 at 3:37 PM

More good works in the fight against the coronavirus

A Skeptical View of Tesla

April 06, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Montana Skeptic appears on this edition of “Autoline After Hours” to throw cold water on Tesla, but unlike the Wicked Witch of the West, it doesn’t melt

Ford to Resume Production at 13 Plants in N. America

March 26, 2020 at 3:02 PM

Ford, and maybe other carmakers, plan April restarts

Ford’s Project Apollo: Working With 3M and GE Healthcare for COVID-19 Response

March 24, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Putting manufacturing engineering knowhow and clever design and product development in the battle against COVID-19

Big Three Idle N. American Plants through March

March 18, 2020 at 5:14 PM

A timeout to clean facilities and rethink production methods

Building Hondas and Acuras Is a Family Affair

March 16, 2020 at 7:00 AM

First-hand insights into building NSXes, Accords and much more

Ex-UAW President Indicted in Corruption Scandal

March 05, 2020 at 1:04 PM

Probe has netted 14 people to date

Ex-UAW Official Gets 28-Month Prison Term for Supplier Shakedown

February 19, 2020 at 5:50 PM

Federal investigators creep closer to indicting former union presidents.

Ford Techs Get Virtual Reality Training on Mustang Mach-E

February 14, 2020 at 10:17 AM

Using high-tech gaming systems to speed maintenance and repair training

Still Another Ex-UAW Official Cops a Plea in Corruption Probe

February 07, 2020 at 3:31 PM

Prosecutors circle closer to two ex-UAW presidents.

Ford Makes Major Changes at the Top

February 07, 2020 at 10:04 AM

Farley and Thai-Tang rise. Hinrichs departs.

More U.S. Cutbacks at Nissan

January 29, 2020 at 1:03 PM

Nissan is trimming white-collar staffers in the U.S. again after its sales in the region plunged 10% last year.

FCA Files to Dismiss GM Racketeering Claim

January 27, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles wants a federal court to toss out claims by General Motors that it enjoyed special labor concessions by bribing United Auto Workers union executives.

Early Access for Jeep PHEVs in Europe

January 22, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Given the CO2 regulations that the European Union has brought into effect for this year and next (95 g/km), it isn’t entirely surprising that Jeep has announced that it has established websites in various European markets (today sites in Italy and Spain went live; Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria are to follow) for people to learn about—and preorder—the “First Edition” models of the Jeep Renegade 4xe and the Jeep Compass 4xe models, both of which are plug-in hybrids.

China and U.S. Manufacturing Job Losses

January 16, 2020 at 6:00 AM

The EPI finds there have been millions of people put out of work in the U.S. due to competition with China—most in manufacturing

The Auto Industry in 2019—and Beyond

December 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM

What do events in 2019 portend for the industry’s future?

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

December 20, 2019 at 1:44 AM

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.

UAW Ratifies 4-Year Labor Deal with FCA

December 12, 2019 at 1:25 AM

This year’s contentious round of U.S. auto industry labor talks is over. Not so clear is whether it’s also the last hurrah for the United Auto Workers union.

UAW to Disband Corrupt Region 5 Office

December 06, 2019 at 3:41 PM

The United Auto Workers union says it will break up its largest regional office in an effort to stamp out corruption there.

UAW Names Gamble as Permanent President

December 05, 2019 at 11:52 AM

Acting United Auto Workers union President Rory Gamble will fill that role on a permanent basis until a new leader is elected in June.

Ex-GM Board Member Ashton Pleads Guilty in UAW Corruption Probe

December 04, 2019 at 5:27 PM

Joseph Ashton, a former vice president of the United Auto Workers union and labor representative on the General Motors Co. board, pleaded guilty today of money laundering and wire fraud.

FCA Labor Deal Goes to UAW Workers for Vote

December 04, 2019 at 4:37 PM

United Auto Workers members are expected to begin a ratification vote on Friday for a four-year labor deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

U.S. Overseers Could Take Control of UAW

December 04, 2019 at 12:07 AM

The United Auto Workers union could face federal oversight, depending upon the depth of corruption uncovered by a continuing federal investigation.

UAW Vows “Top-to-Bottom” Financial Review

December 03, 2019 at 12:03 AM

The United Auto Workers union promises a sweeping review of its financial and accounting procedures amid a federal corruption probe that has netted 10 guilty pleas to date.

FCA, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

December 02, 2019 at 12:21 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative labor contract covering more than 47,00 workers in the U.S.

Daimler Will Cut at Least 10,000 Jobs in 3 Years

November 29, 2019 at 9:49 AM

Daimler AG says it will reduce its global workforce 3% or at least 10,000 jobs by the end of 2022.

BMW Reaches Labor Deal to Cut Bonuses

November 27, 2019 at 11:09 AM

BMW AG and its unions have agreed to a plan that will reduce bonuses paid to hourly workers in Germany, beginning next year.

Audi Will Cut 9,500 Jobs in Electrification Push

November 26, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Audi AG says it will shed about 15% of its current workforce in Germany by 2025, eliminating as many as 9,500 positions in an effort to help pay for its shift to electrified powertrains.

Unions Balk at Audi’s Job Cuts Plan

November 25, 2019 at 4:17 PM

Audi AG’s goal of trimming its workforce in Germany by 4,000-5,000 people is running into expected resistance from the company’s works council.

Another Top UAW Official Resigns

November 25, 2019 at 12:19 AM

Vance Pearson, who headed the United Auto Workers union’s Region 5 covering most states west of the Mississippi River, resigned yesterday.

UAW to Convene Board and Pick New President

November 21, 2019 at 6:10 PM

The United Auto Workers union says its international executive board will name a new president to replace Gary Jones, who resigned on Nov. 20 amid a federal corruption probe.

UAW Pres. Jones Resigns in Corruption Scandal

November 20, 2019 at 5:26 PM

United Auto Workers Union President Gary Jones resigned today as a federal probe into union corruption tightens around him.

BMW Moves Forward with Cost-Cutting Plans

November 20, 2019 at 2:44 PM

BMW AG has inked efficiency deals with 18 suppliers and is in talks with union officials in Germany to help slash at least $13.3 billion in costs by 2022.

GM Files Racketeering Lawsuit Against FCA

November 20, 2019 at 2:27 PM

General Motors Co. has filed a federal racketeering lawsuit claiming that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV inflicted “substantial damages” on GM through years of corrupt labor relations.

Continental to Cut 5,000 Jobs by 2028

November 20, 2019 at 10:19 AM

Continental AG says it will cut 5,000 jobs by 2028 in areas related to the production of engine components and analog electronics.

French Unions Voice Support for PSA-FCA Merger

November 19, 2019 at 11:19 AM

PSA Group’s labor unions back the proposed merger of the company with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, pending details.

FCA Faces Tricky Talks on UAW Contract

November 18, 2019 at 6:11 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is plunging into delicate final contract talks this week with the United Auto Workers union this week that could spark a strike at its U.S. facilities, analysts say.

UAW Ratifies Ford Labor Contract

November 15, 2019 at 10:55 PM

Hourly United Auto Workers union members ratified a four-year labor agreement with Ford Motor Co. tonight by a 56% margin.

GM Strike Cut Auto Industry Production by 7%

November 15, 2019 at 3:21 PM

The 40-day strike by the United Auto Workers union against General Motors Co. lowered the U.S. auto industry’s output 7% in October.

UAW Plans Basic Reforms in Corruption Scandal

November 14, 2019 at 11:59 AM

The United Auto Workers union promises tighter financial controls and other reforms as its criminal corruption scandal grows.

Fed Predicts Continued Growth for U.S. Economy

November 13, 2019 at 5:34 PM

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell predicts “sustained” economic expansion and a strong labor market for the U.S.

Ex-VW Board Members Charged with Overpaying Labor Reps

November 12, 2019 at 2:46 PM

Two former Volkswagen Group board members have been charged by German prosecutors of overpaying several members of the carmaker’s powerful works council.

Magna Posts Profit Losses, Lowers Outlook

November 08, 2019 at 4:32 PM

Magna International Inc. swung to a third-quarter loss as revenue shrank, largely because of the protracted strike at General Motors Co. plants in North America.

Former UAW Exec Ashton Charged in Fraud Probe

November 06, 2019 at 3:15 PM

Joe Ashton, a retired United Auto Workers union vice president and former member of General Motors Co.’s board of directors, has been charged by federal prosecutors with fraud and money laundering.

A Scary Look at the Auto Industry

November 04, 2019 at 6:00 AM

A witch, a clown, a masked vigilante, and a doctor go into a studio. . . .

UAW Chief Takes Leave as Corruption Probe Circles

November 04, 2019 at 12:21 AM

United Auto Workers union President Gary Jones has taken an indefinite leave of absence as a federal investigation into corruption tightens around him.

UAW to Begin Ratification Vote on Ford Contract

November 01, 2019 at 4:51 PM

The United Auto Workers’ Ford Council has voted to send the union’s tentative four-year labor contract with Ford Motor Co. to hourly workers for ratification.

VW’s Labor Boss Vows to Block Turkey Plant

November 01, 2019 at 9:36 AM

Volkswagen AG’s unions say they won’t vote to approve a big auto plant project in Turkey as long as that country continues military operations in Syria.

UAW Probe Implicates Union President Jones

October 31, 2019 at 5:49 PM

Criminal charges against a top aide at the United Auto Workers union implicate UAW President Gary Jones.

Brexit Returns to Limbo

October 31, 2019 at 1:43 PM

The U.K. failed to complete its delayed plan to exit the European Union today, leaving the timing of a new deal unclear.

Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

October 31, 2019 at 1:41 AM

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract covering some 55,000 hourly workers in the U.S.

Strike Cuts GM’s 3Q Revenue, Earnings

October 29, 2019 at 11:43 AM

General Motors Co. says the first two weeks of the just-ended 40-day strike at its U.S. factories cut its third-quarter pretax earnings in North America by $1 billion and contributed to a 9% drop in overall net profit.

GM’s U.S. Plants Resume Production

October 28, 2019 at 4:14 PM

General Motors Co. says its U.S. factories have returned to relatively normal production today after the United Auto Workers union ended its 40-day strike on Friday.

UAW Workers Ratify GM Contract, Ending Strike

October 25, 2019 at 5:13 PM

United Auto Workers union hourly workers have ratified a four-year contract with General Motors Co. that ends a 40-day walkout.

EU Court Says France Failed on NOx Limits

October 25, 2019 at 12:14 AM

The European Union’s Court of Justice says France has “systematically and persistently” exceeded nitrogen oxide emission limits since 2010.

U.S. Says Talks Could Avert Tariffs on EU Cars

October 23, 2019 at 1:22 AM

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says a new round of trade talks with the European Union might avoid tariffs on imported cars from the bloc next month.

11th Guilty Plea In Widening UAW Corruption Probe

October 23, 2019 at 12:37 AM

Another former United Auto Workers union executive has pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Another Brexit Delay?

October 21, 2019 at 1:16 AM

On Saturday Britain’s Parliament declined to approve Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union on Oct. 31.

GM Offers to Spend $7.7 Billion on U.S. Plants

October 18, 2019 at 12:42 AM

General Motors Co. has offered to invest $7.7 billion in its U.S. plants if United Auto Workers union members ratify a proposed four-year labor contract next week.

UAW to Continue GM Strike Pending Contract Ratification

October 18, 2019 at 12:07 AM

The United Auto Workers union will continue its walkout at General Motors Co. pending ratification of a new four-year labor agreement by union members next week.

U.K., EU Reach Tentative Brexit Deal

October 17, 2019 at 3:03 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the European Union say they have reached a deal for a “soft” U.K. exit from the EU at the end of October.

UPDATE: UAW, GM Reach Tentative Labor Deal

October 16, 2019 at 12:22 PM

General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union have reached a possible deal on a new four-year labor contract covering some 48,000 of the union’s hourly workers in the U.S.

SMMT: “Hard” Brexit May Kill U.K. Auto Industry

October 16, 2019 at 12:36 AM

A British exit from the European Union that doesn’t include a trade deal will jeopardize the future of the U.K.’s auto industry, warns the Society of Motor and Manufacturers and Traders.

UAW, GM Close to Deal?

October 15, 2019 at 5:18 PM

General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union may be ready tomorrow to announce a tentative contract deal, sources tell Reuters.

UAW Calls Meeting to Discuss GM Contract Talks

October 15, 2019 at 1:50 AM

The United Auto Workers union has summoned its 175-member General Motors Council for a meeting in Detroit on Thursday about the union’s month-old GM strike.

GM, UAW Ponder New Offers to End Strike

October 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM

General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union are trading new proposals—and barbs—in an effort to end a union strike that began on Sept. 16.

CEO Barra Steps into GM-UAW Talks

October 10, 2019 at 4:54 PM

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra met secretly with United Auto Workers union leaders yesterday afternoon, according to the New York Post, which first reported the event.

VW Boosts New-Car Inventories in U.K.

October 10, 2019 at 12:12 AM

Volkswagen AG says it has bolstered it new-car supplies in the U.K. to cope with expected supply disruptions when Britain exits the European Union on Oct. 31.

Labor’s Take on USMCA: Not Ready for Approval

October 09, 2019 at 4:46 PM

The head of the AFL-CIO labor union claims that any attempt to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement next month will fail.

GM’s Strike-Related Layoffs in Mexico Top 6,400

October 08, 2019 at 1:29 AM

General Motors Co. has laid off more than 400 workers at an engine and transmission plant in Mexico because of the strike against its U.S. facilities by the United Auto Workers union.

No Progress in UAW-GM Talks

October 07, 2019 at 4:23 PM

The United Auto Workers Union says contract talks with General Motors Co. soured over the weekend when GM rejected the UAW’s latest proposal.

Denmark, 10 Other EU Members Urge Piston Ban

October 07, 2019 at 1:41 AM

Denmark and 10 other member nations of the European Union have urged the region to allow them to end gasoline and diesel engine sales by 2030.

U.S. Jobless Rate Drops to 50-Year Low

October 04, 2019 at 12:58 PM

Unemployment in the U.S. fell in September to 3.5%, its lowest level since December 1969, from 3.7% in in August, the Dept. of Labor reports.

What to Do In an R&D Overcapacity Situation

September 06, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Opel is making a big change in staffing in Rüsselsheim

UAW Touts Progress in Ford Contract Talks

October 03, 2019 at 4:06 PM

The United Auto Workers union—now 18 days into a strike against General Motors Co. over a new labor contract—says negotiations with Ford Motor Co. are “progressing very well.”

Nissan Warns Dire Result of “Hard” Brexit

October 01, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Nissan Motor Co. will revisit its commitment to build Qashqai crossover vehicles in England if the U.K. exits the European Union at the end of this month with no replacement trade deal.

11th Guilty Plea Due in UAW Corruption Probe

October 01, 2019 at 11:49 AM

The U.S. Dept. of Justice says Jeffery Pietrzyk, a former United Auto Workers union official, is expected to plead guilty on Oct. 22 to wire fraud and money laundering.

GM-UAW Contract Talks Grind Ahead

September 30, 2019 at 3:02 PM

Negotiators from General Motors and the United Auto Workers union resumed contract talks this morning, the 15th day since the UAW began a nationwide walkout.

Judge: Tesla Violated Federal Labor Laws

September 30, 2019 at 12:32 AM

Last year Tesla Inc. repeatedly violated federal labor law, according to a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge in California.

JLR to Suspend Production in U.K. Over Brexit

September 26, 2019 at 11:32 AM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. says it will stop production at its four factories in England during the first week of November ahead of an expected no-deal exit from the European Union.

Carmakers Warn of “Catastrophic” No-Deal Brexit

September 24, 2019 at 12:03 AM

Trade groups say a no-deal exit from the European Union by the U.K. will trigger a “seismic shift” in trade conditions that threatens the future of the British auto industry.

Robots in the Auto Industry

September 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM

When it comes to the deployment of robots, the auto industry is the hands-down leader. Or maybe that should be “gripper down”

UAW Strike Idles GM’s Oshawa Plant in Canada

September 20, 2019 at 12:43 AM

General Motors Co. is suspending all assembly operations at its factory in Oshawa, Ontario, today because of the United Auto Workers union’s nationwide strike in the U.S.

UAW Walkout Could Cost GM $50 Million Per Day

September 18, 2019 at 10:15 AM

The United Auto Workers union strike that began on Monday against the U.S. facilities of General Motors Co. could cost the carmaker $50 million per day in pretax losses, says Credit Suisse.

UAW Launches Strike Against GM

September 16, 2019 at 2:17 AM

As expected, some 48,000 of the United Auto Workers Union members began a strike at midnight Sunday against General Motors Co. facilities in the U.S.

UAW Board Member Charged with Embezzlement

September 12, 2019 at 5:28 PM

Federal authorities have arrested Vance Pearson, a United Auto Workers Union regional director and board member, on charges of conspiracy, embezzlement, money laundering and mail and wire fraud.

Merkel Offers to Help German Carmakers on CO2

September 12, 2019 at 9:02 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to help the country’s carmakers in their “Herculean” effort to meet European Union carbon dioxide emission limits.

“Hard” Brexit Will Prompt Mini Production Cut

September 10, 2019 at 12:14 PM

BMW AG says it will drop a production shift at its Mini small-car plant in Oxford, England, if the U.K. exits the European Union next month without a new trade deal.

Workers Set to Strike GM Korea Next Week

September 06, 2019 at 4:36 PM

Unionized workers at General Motors Co.’s South Korean unit say they will strike the company’s facilities there from Monday through Wednesday.

Carmakers Urge Delay Over No-Deal in Brexit

September 06, 2019 at 7:29 AM

Britain’s auto trade group is urging the U.K. to delay its scheduled exit from the European Union rather than leave with no trade deal.

U.S. Productivity Rises As Manufacturing Slows

September 06, 2019 at 12:54 AM

Nonfarm productivity in the U.S. grew by an annualized 2.3% in the second quarter compared with a 3.5% gain in January-March, the U.S. Dept. of Labor reports.

Another Guilty Plea in UAW Corruption Probe

September 04, 2019 at 3:11 PM

Another former United Auto Workers union official, this one from the union’s General Motors department, has pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.

FCA Plans $1 Billion Upgrade for Pomigliano Plant

September 04, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will invest nearly €1 billion to upgrade its assembly plant in Pomigliano, Italy, according to a joint union statement.

UAW Chooses GM as Strike Target

September 03, 2019 at 11:47 AM

The United Auto Workers Union has selected General Motors Co. as its initial strike target for this year’s labor contract talks.

Hyundai Workers Agree to Lower Bonus, No Strike

September 03, 2019 at 1:07 AM

Hyundai Motor Co.’s union workers in South Korea have accepted the smallest contract bonuses in nearly 20 years and agreed not to strike for the first time since 2011.

Toyota Plans 1-Day Shutdown in U.K. over Brexit

August 30, 2019 at 11:22 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. says it will suspend operations at its U.K. assembly plant for one day when Britain exits the European Union on Oct. 31.

GM Trails Ford, FCA in Number of UAW Workers

August 30, 2019 at 1:25 AM

General Motors, once the largest employer of United Auto Workers union members, now trails domestic rivals Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by a wide margin.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Remarkable Training Program

August 29, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Yes, unemployment rates are low, but for more than a million people, employment is elusive. One company helped some of those people

FBI Raids UAW Facilities, Presidents' Homes

August 28, 2019 at 1:32 PM

Today FBI agents raided several facilities connected to the United Auto Workers union, including the homes of its current and former president, according to media reports.

Hyundai Averts Traditional Annual Labor Strike

August 28, 2019 at 2:28 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. appears to have sidestepped a routine annual labor strike for the first time in eight years.

U.S. Auto-Related Jobs Grew 3% in 2018

August 27, 2019 at 4:10 PM

Employment in the U.S. motor vehicles and components industry grew 3% last year to more than 2.53 million jobs, according to a government report.

Labor Dept. Trims March Jobs Level

August 22, 2019 at 2:29 AM

The U.S. had 501,000 fewer nonfarm jobs in March than originally estimated, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Mahindra Sheds 1,500 Employees as Sales Sag

August 20, 2019 at 12:46 AM

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. says it has eliminated 1,500 contract jobs in India since April and warns more layoffs are possible next month if sales continue to slide.

Federal Corruption Probe of FCA Spreads to GM

August 15, 2019 at 1:37 AM

Federal prosecutors have charged another former United Auto Workers union executive—this one with links to General Motors Co.—in a continuing investigation into bribery and illegal kickbacks in Detroit.

Renault’s Dacia Unit Faces Steep Emission Costs

August 13, 2019 at 1:03 AM

The costs of meeting the European Union’s tightening emission rules may soon dry up profits for Renault SA’s popular Dacia low-price brand.

Conti Cuts Lead in Electronic Components

August 12, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Continental AG is reducing the lead in some electronic components used in vehicles sold in the European Union to meet the region’s end-of-life recycling regulations.

Report: Daimler May Face €1 Billion Diesel Fine

August 09, 2019 at 12:25 PM

Daimler AG could face fines between €800 million and €1 billion ($897 million-$1.1 billion) by year-end for a variety of violations of European Union diesel emission rules, Der Spiegel reports.

Ex-UAW Official Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

August 05, 2019 at 4:13 PM

Norwood Jewell, a former vice president of the United Auto Workers union, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and a year of probation in a corruption scandal involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Trump Jokes about Tariff Deal on German Cars

August 02, 2019 at 4:24 PM

President Donald Trump flippantly suggested today that the European Union was close to agreeing on a 25% tariffs on German luxury cars shipped to the U.S.

U.K. Ponders Post-Brexit Free Trade Zones

August 02, 2019 at 3:08 AM

Britain’s newly elected government is studying a scheme that would create as many as 10 free ports to avoid tariffs after the U.K. exits the European Union.

British Currency Slides to 28-Month Low on Brexit Fears

July 29, 2019 at 12:03 PM

Fears about terms of the U.K.’s departure from the European Union have cut the value of the British pound against the dollar and euro to 28-month lows.

PSA May Close Vauxhall Plant over Messy Brexit

July 29, 2019 at 2:23 AM

PSA Group says it will move production of Astra and Vauxhall cars out of Ellesmere Port, England, if the U.K.’s exit from the European Union makes local production unprofitable.

SMMT: No-Deal Brexit Could Kill Auto Industry

July 26, 2019 at 3:57 PM

The British auto industry faces an “existential threat” if the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a new trade deal, warns the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

EU Readies €35 Billion Response to U.S. Car Tariff

July 24, 2019 at 12:36 AM

The European Union is prepared to levy punitive tariffs on €35 billion ($39 billion) in U.S. goods if the Trump administration imposes a 25% tax on EU vehicles.

EU Renews Warning about U.S. Tariffs

July 22, 2019 at 4:02 PM

The European Union’s new deputy trade boss reiterates that the bloc will retaliate if the Trump administration imposes what it calls illegal trade tariffs on European cars.

UAW Launches Labor Talks

July 15, 2019 at 5:28 PM

The United Auto Workers union formally kicked off labor negotiations today for four-year labor contracts covering some 140,000 hourly workers at Big Three U.S. auto plants.

BMW Shifts Some Engine Production Out of U.K.

July 09, 2019 at 5:27 PM

BMW AG says it has moved a portion of its engine production out of the U.K. ahead of the country’s exit from the European Union at the end of October.

EU Rejects Wi-Fi-Based Car-to-Car Communications

July 04, 2019 at 6:55 PM

Member nations of the European Union voted earlier today against endorsing a short-range wi-fi system for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, buoying backers of a cellular-based alternative.

EU Cinches “Historic” Trade Pact with South America

June 28, 2019 at 5:39 PM

The European Union and Mercosur, South America’s trade powerful economic bloc, have completed a broad bilateral trade agreement to lower or remove tariffs in both directions.

Workers Ratify Rich Contract at Faurecia Plant in Michigan

June 28, 2019 at 1:06 PM

Workers at a Faurecia SA factory in Saline, Mich., overwhelmingly approved a labor contract that includes a 56% pay hike for new hires, according to the United Auto Workers union.

ACEA Cuts European Sales Outlook to 1% Decline

June 28, 2019 at 11:14 AM

ACEA, Europe’s automotive trade group, says it now expects that sales of passenger vehicles within the European Union will dip 1% to about 15 million units in 2019.

PSA Says Brexit Will Determine Future for U.K. Plant

June 27, 2019 at 3:29 PM

PSA Group says its decision about making the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra in England will depend on favorable tariff terms when the U.K. exits the European Union.

Honda Dominates “American-Made” Vehicle List

June 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Honda and its Acura brand accounted for seven of the top 15 models on Cars.com’s annual “American-Made” Index, which rates vehicles sold in the U.S. based on final assembly location, parts content and labor rates.

“Hard” Brexit Cost to Carmakers: $3.8 Million Per Hour

June 25, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Exiting the European Union with no trade deal will cost the British auto industry £3 million ($3.5 million) per hour, warns the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Labor Deal at Faurecia Plant Ends Brief Strike

June 21, 2019 at 5:20 PM

A tentative labor contract ended a nine-hour strike today at an interior trim plant in Michigan and averted likely production disruptions at Ford, FCA and Tesla.

UAW to Oppose Trump Plan to Freeze Emission Limits

June 19, 2019 at 3:43 PM

The United Auto Workers union is scheduled to testify tomorrow that it opposes the Trump administration’s plan to freeze fuel economy standards at 2020 levels.

Brexit Worries Cut British Investments to 10-Year Low

June 17, 2019 at 4:19 AM

British companies plan to cut their investments in domestic operations by 1.3% this year before expanding only 0.4% in 2020 over concern about U.K.’s departure from the European Union.

VW Workers Again Reject UAW at Tennessee Plant

June 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Hourly workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have again voted against having the United Auto Workers union represent them.

Opel Says EVs Will Enable It to Meet CO2 Targets

June 14, 2019 at 10:22 AM

PSA Group’s Opel unit says it will be able to meet European Union targets for carbon dioxide emissions, thanks to upcoming all-electric models.

UAW Vote at VW's Chattanooga Plant Wraps Up on Friday

June 13, 2019 at 5:06 PM

Hourly workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., will finish a vote on Friday about allowing the United Auto Workers union to represent them.

U.S. Jobs Growth Slows Sharply

June 07, 2019 at 12:13 PM

American businesses added only 75,000 jobs in May compared with an expected 175,000 positions, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

U.S. Trade Talks with EU Remain Stalled

May 30, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Little progress has been made in the 10 months since the U.S. and European Union agreed not to escalade their trade war over cars, industrial goods and regulations.

VW Workers to Vote on Unionization at Chattanooga Plant

May 30, 2019 at 1:32 AM

Some 1,700 hourly workers at Volkswagen AG’s huge assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., will vote on June 12-14 whether to unionize.

EU Rejects Trump Quota on Cars to U.S.

May 29, 2019 at 12:38 AM

European Union trade envoys say they won’t agree to tariffs on cars shipped to the U.S. as an alternative to stiff import duties threatened by the Trump administration.

VW Plant Workers in Tenn. to Refile Petition to Join Union

May 22, 2019 at 4:10 PM

The United Auto Workers union says workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have been asked to submit a new petition for a union election.

GM Offers Oshawa Workers $110,000 Buyouts

May 14, 2019 at 11:42 AM

General Motors Co. is offering hourly workers at its Oshawa, Ont., plant as much as C$150,000 ($110,000) to retire before the facility ends production late this year.

Renault Samsung Idles Plant Over Labor Dispute

May 01, 2019 at 12:31 AM

South Korean carmaker Renault Samsung Motors Co. has suspended production at its factory in Busan for three days after months of partial strikes staged by its unionized workers.

BMW to Source Cobalt Directly from Approved Mines

April 24, 2019 at 8:37 AM

BMW AG plans to buy cobalt, which is used in lithium-ion batteries for electrified vehicles, directly from mines to ensure child labor isn’t used during the mining process.

Ford Leans on Hybrids to Meet EU Emission Rules

April 22, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Ford Motor Co. says it will rely on plug-in hybrids, not all-electric cars, to meet the European Union’s tougher carbon dioxide emission rules for 2020-2021.

FCA’s Minivan Plant to Get $262 Million investment

April 18, 2019 at 12:26 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to spend $262 million this year to prepare its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., for a “future product,” according to Unifor union President Jerry Dias.

Labor Contracts Force Local Output for Hyundai-Kia

April 15, 2019 at 4:52 PM

Hyundai Motor Co. and its Kia Motors affiliate are required by their labor contracts to maintain high local production in South Korea regardless of market or trade pressures to add capacity elsewhere.

EU Envoys Okay Trade Talks with U.S. on Industrial Goods

April 11, 2019 at 3:04 PM

Trade officials from the European Union’s 28 member nations have agreed to open talks with the U.S. about lowering tariffs on industrial-sector goods, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Brexit Delayed to the End of October

April 11, 2019 at 2:01 PM

The European Union has agreed to extend the formal deadline for the U.K. to leave the bloc to Oct. 31.

UAW Launches New Effort to Organize VW’s Chattanooga Plant

April 10, 2019 at 5:54 PM

The United Auto Workers union is launching a new attempt to represent hourly workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mexico Strengthens Labor Laws to Suit New Trade Deal

April 08, 2019 at 1:56 PM

Mexico is pushing through legislation to bolster workers’ rights and comply with the pending update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

CO2 Emissions from New Cars Rise in Europe

April 05, 2019 at 4:58 PM

Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the European Union rose to 118.5 grams per kilometer in 2017 and likely grew again last year, says the European Environmental Agency.

Unifor Awaits GM Decision on Oshawa Plant

April 04, 2019 at 5:38 PM

Canada’s Unifor union hopes for a decision by the end of next week about a plan to save some jobs at the assembly plant General Motors Co. is closing in Oshawa, Ont.

GM Asks Court to Dismiss UAW Lawsuit Over Plant Closures

April 03, 2019 at 4:57 PM

General Motors Co. has asked a federal judge in Detroit to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the company’s plan to close four U.S. factories violates labor agreements.

Ford Says “No-Deal” Brexit Could Kill Its U.K. Operations

April 03, 2019 at 1:19 AM

Ford Motor Co. warns it could end manufacturing operations in Britain if the U.K. ends up exiting the European Union this month with no new trade deals in place.

EU Still Stalled Over Scope of U.S. Trade Talks

April 02, 2019 at 5:09 PM

Tomorrow the European Union will again debate its willingness to negotiate on trade with the U.S., Bloomberg News reports.

Carmakers to Begin Brexit Plant Shutdowns in U.K.

April 02, 2019 at 12:43 AM

Carmakers will begin long-planned Brexit-related plant shutdowns in the U.K. this month, despite a last-minute delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Transit Unions Brace for Autonomous Future

March 22, 2019 at 7:25 AM

Warning that autonomous vehicles could eliminate as many as 3 million jobs in the U.S., the Transportation Trades Dept. (TTD) is calling on Congress to implement a number of measures to minimize the impact on the workforce and address potential safety concerns of such vehicles.

Opel’s Union Okay Employee Transfers at German Tech Center

March 22, 2019 at 12:22 AM

As many as 2,000 workers at PSA Group’s Opel engineering center in Russelsheim, Germany, will be allowed to transfer to a French engineering company.

Injury-Related Time Off for Tesla Workers Doubled in 2018

March 20, 2019 at 3:41 PM

Injuries per work hour at Tesla Inc. were roughly unchanged last year, but the average time spent off the job because of injuries nearly doubled, Bloomberg News reports.

U.S. Indicts 6th UAW Official in FCA Corruption Case

March 18, 2019 at 1:50 PM

Federal prosecutors have charged Norwood Jewell, a former United Auto Workers union vice president, for participating in the misuse of worker training center funds at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

VW Brand to Cut Staff by at Least 5,000

March 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Volkswagen AG says its VW brand is on track to eliminate 5,000-7,000 jobs by 2025 in a bid to hike the unit’s operating margin to 6% from 3.8% in 2018.

Ford Healthcare Costs to Top $1 Billion Next Year

March 12, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Ford Motor Co. projects the cost of healthcare coverage for its 56,000 hourly employees in the U.S. will top a record $1 billion in 2020, Bloomberg News reports.

U.S. Jobs Growth Slowed Sharply in February

March 08, 2019 at 3:34 PM

The U.S. economy added only 20,000 jobs last month, well below the expected 180,000 positions, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Central Bank Unveils Stimulants for EU Economy

March 07, 2019 at 12:17 PM

The European Central Bank is taking steps to revive the European Union’s softening economy.

BMW Poised to Cut Engine, Mini Output in U.K.

March 05, 2019 at 12:57 PM

BMW says it might move some of its engine and Mini car production out of the U.K. if Britain exits the European Union without new EU trade deals in place.

UPDATE: Tokyo Court Upholds Ghosn’s Bail

March 05, 2019 at 10:34 AM

Tokyo District Court has rejected a motion by prosecutors to deny bail to Carlos Ghosn, who has been jailed since Nov. 19.

U.S. Trade Chief to Meet UAW on NAFTA Update

March 04, 2019 at 12:00 AM

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet tomorrow with United Auto Workers union leaders to tout the tentative update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Ford Trims Use of Contract Labor in China

February 27, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Ford Motor Co. and partner Changan Automobile Group have dropped contract worker agreements with multiple agencies as their venture struggles with slumping sales in China.

FCA Will Cut 1,400 Jobs in Illinois

February 27, 2019 at 12:22 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says it will drop one of three shifts at its Jeep factory in Belvidere, Ill., in May, eliminating almost 1,400 jobs.

Canadian Labor Board Rules Unifor Strikes Against GM Unlawful

February 26, 2019 at 6:02 PM

Union walkouts to protest General Motors Co.’s plan to close its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., were unlawful, the Ontario Labor Relations Board has ruled.

Report: EU May Delay Brexit until 2021

February 25, 2019 at 1:45 AM

The European Union’s top officials are developing a plan that would give the U.K. another 21 months to finalize its plan to leave the EU, sources tell The Guardian.

Renault May Cut Production in S. Korea

February 21, 2019 at 4:35 PM

Renault SA says its Renault Samsung Motors Co. unit will likely slash production in South Korea unless months of labor strikes end soon.

EU Trade Chief Upbeat on Narrow Deal with U.S.

February 21, 2019 at 12:55 PM

A trade deal between the European Union and U.S. that focuses on industrial goods could be accomplished “quite quickly,” says EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.

Trump Reaffirms Threat of Tariffs on Cars from EU

February 20, 2019 at 3:19 PM

President Donald Trump reiterated to reporters earlier today that he will impose tariffs on cars from the European Union if talks fail to produce a more balanced trade deal.

VW Diesel Owners’ Lawsuit Heads for Germany’s High Court

February 20, 2019 at 12:32 AM

A landmark lawsuit is heading to Germany's high court over demands that Volkswagen AG compensate customers who bought diesels that VW had rigged to evade emission laws.

EU Sets CO2 Emission Limits for Big Trucks

February 19, 2019 at 2:11 AM

The European Union has set proposed goals for lowering carbon dioxide emissions from heavy-duty commercial trucks 30% by 2030 compared to this year’s levels, Bloomberg News reports.

Porsche Warns U.K. Customers Brexit May Hike Prices 10%

February 18, 2019 at 1:15 AM

Porsche AG is advising buyers in the U.K. that cars delivered after Britain leaves the European Union may carry a 10% surcharge because of higher import tariffs.

Ford Warns that a Hard Brexit Would Be “Catastrophic”

February 14, 2019 at 12:24 AM

Ford Motor Co. warns it will take whatever action is needed to defend its operations in Europe if the U.K. leaves the European Union in March with no replacement trade deals in place.

EU, Japan Back Automatic Emergency Braking Rule

February 12, 2019 at 3:59 PM

The European Union and Japan support a United Nations plan that would equip all new passenger and light commercial vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems, beginning in 2020.

Bentley Looking for Apprentices

February 12, 2019 at 8:33 AM

It is always encouraging to learn about the efforts of OEMs and suppliers that are running apprenticeship programs to help train the future of the industry.

Study: British Brexit Could Cost Germany 100,000 Jobs

February 11, 2019 at 11:43 AM

As many as 100,000 jobs in Germany—many of them in the automotive sector—would be threatened if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a replacement trade deal.

FCA Profit Sharing for Hourly Workers Averages $6,000

February 08, 2019 at 12:04 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will pay eligible hourly workers an average $6,000 in profit sharing for their contribution to the company’s performance in 2018.

GM, Ford Prepare Profit Sharing Payouts

February 06, 2019 at 4:45 PM

General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. are preparing to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars in in profit-sharing payments to members of the United Auto Workers union over the next five weeks.

Nissan Cancels Plan to Make X-Trail in U.K.

February 04, 2019 at 1:12 AM

Nissan Motor Co., citing uncertainty about business after the U.K. leaves the European Union in March, says it won’t build its next-generation X-Trail SUV in England after all.

Honda U.K. to Stockpile Cars Ahead of Brexit

February 01, 2019 at 12:45 PM

Honda Motor Co. is accelerating production in England to build inventories ahead of expected shipping delays when the U.K. exits the European Union in March.

Audi Workers End Strike in Hungary

January 31, 2019 at 2:32 AM

Audi AG’s unionized workers in Gyor, Hungary, have ended a six-day strike over wages.

Audi Factory in Germany Idled by Strike in Hungary

January 29, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Audi AG hopes to resume operations at its assembly plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, tomorrow after a strike in Hungary late last week caused a parts shortage.

VW Will Trim Workforce at Slovakia Factory

January 28, 2019 at 1:44 PM

Volkswagen AG says it will shed about 500 jobs and reduce its use of contractors at the company’s assembly complex in Bratislava, Slovakia, to help meet its goal of hiking efficiency 30% by 2025.

Hyundai Cuts Jobs, Reviews Production in China

January 28, 2019 at 12:20 AM

Hyundai Motor Co.’s joint venture with BAIC Motor Corp. is trimming its workforce and pondering production cuts as output at its factories in China slumps to 50% of capacity.

JLR Will Halt Production in England for a Week

January 25, 2019 at 12:31 AM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. says it will stop operations for a week in England because of expected disruptions caused after the U.K. leaves the European Union on March 29.

Ford Says “Hard” Brexit Could Cost It $1 Billion

January 25, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Ford Motor Co. says it will lose as much as $1 billion if the U.K. leaves the European Union in late March without a new trade deal.

EU Warns of New Tariffs if Trump Escalates Trade War

January 23, 2019 at 5:45 PM

The European Union says it is ready to impose new tariffs on American goods if the Trump administration hikes import duties on cars and components from the bloc.

Bentley Says Profit Hinges on Smooth Brexit

January 22, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Volkswagen AG’s Bentley luxury brand’s hope for a profitable 2019 will evaporate if the U.K. exits the European Union in March with no trade deal.

Ford: Brexit with No Trade Deal Would Be “Catastrophic”

January 17, 2019 at 12:52 AM

If the U.K. exits the European Union in March with no trade deal in place, the results would be “catastrophic” for the British auto industry, says Ford Motor Co.

Renault’s Union Turns Against Ghosn

January 16, 2019 at 2:55 PM

Fabien Gache, who heads the CGT Renault union, says it’s “incomprehensible” that jailed Carlos Ghosn would continue as the French carmaker’s chairman and CEO.

Prime Minister’s U.K. Brexit Plan Roundly Defeated

January 16, 2019 at 12:26 AM

The British Parliament rejected a proposed “soft” exit from the European Union by a huge 432 to 202 margin on Tuesday, leaving the U.K’s future more clouded than ever.

Honda to Suspend Output in U.K. for 6 Days after Brexit

January 10, 2019 at 5:11 PM

Honda Motor Co. is the latest carmaker to announce plans to halt production in the U.K. immediately after Britain leaves the European Union at the end of March.

JLR to Cut 4,500 Jobs in England

January 10, 2019 at 12:03 PM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. confirms reports that it will eliminate 4,500 jobs from its 40,000-member workforce in the U.K.

Union Stages Sit-Down Protest at GM Oshawa Plant

January 09, 2019 at 1:08 AM

Members of Canada’s Unifor union protested General Motors Co.’s plan to close the company’s Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario by refusing to work the night shift last night.

U.S. Added 312,000 Jobs in December

January 04, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Businesses in the U.S. added 312,000 jobs in December, the biggest monthly total since February, according to the Dept. of Labor.

UAW Sues GM Over Use of Temporary Workers

January 03, 2019 at 5:03 PM

The United Auto Workers union is suing General Motors Co. for using temporary workers at its truck plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., rather than offering the jobs to laid-off UAW members.

U.S. Links Trade Deal with U.K. to “Hard” Brexit

January 01, 2019 at 12:38 PM

America’s ambassador to the U.K. says a quick and “massive” bilateral trade agreement between the two countries won’t be possible without a clean British exit from the European Union next spring.

Fate of GM’s Lordstown Plant, Others Tied to 2019 Labor Talks

December 20, 2018 at 2:03 PM

General Motors Co. reiterates that the future of its assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, will be settled by talks with the United Auto Workers union next summer.

EU Sets Target for 37.5% Lower CO2 from Cars by 2030

December 18, 2018 at 1:17 AM

Members of the European Union and the European Parliament have agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from cars 37.5% between 2021 and 2030.

EU Ordered to Restore Tougher Diesel Emission Rules

December 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM

A European high court has reversed a European Union decision two years ago that allowed new diesel vehicles to emit “excessively high” nitrogen oxides.

Union: FCA Will Idle Canadian Minivan Plant for 8 Days

December 13, 2018 at 1:14 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will suspend production at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., through the first two weeks of January, according to Canadian union Infor.

Still No EU Accord on CO2 Limits for Cars

December 12, 2018 at 1:06 AM

European Union member countries and the European Parliament continue to debate about future limits for carbon dioxide emissions from cars, Reuters reports.

U.K. Delays Parliament Brexit Vote

December 10, 2018 at 5:09 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to postpone a Dec. 11 parliamentary vote on her compromise plan for the U.K.’s scheduled exit from the European Union next spring.

Ford Opens Union Talks About Job Cuts at German Plant

December 10, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Ford Motor Co. says it has begun discussions with unions in Germany about possible job cuts at its Saarlouis assembly plant.

FCA to Idle 3,200 Workers at Mirafiori Plant

December 05, 2018 at 4:31 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says 3,200 employees at its Mirafiori plant will work halftime through 2019 while the facility retools to make electric cars.

Porsche Runs Want Ads As Cool As a 911

December 04, 2018 at 5:57 AM

Finding first-rate employees is a challenge that every company faces on an on-going basis.

Worst-Case Brexit Could Push U.K. into Deep Recession

November 28, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Two reports today say the U.K. will be worse off economically no matter how it exits the European Union next spring.

EU: No Last-Minute Effort to Avert U.S. Tariffs on Cars

November 28, 2018 at 11:06 AM

The European Union denies a German media report that its chief trade negotiator plans to meet with her counterparts in Washington, D.C., this week to avert U.S. tariffs on imported cars.

No-Deal Brexit Seen as “Catastrophic” to British Auto Industry

November 28, 2018 at 2:43 AM

Damage to the British auto industry will be “catastrophic” if the U.K. leaves the European Union next spring with no trade deal, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warns.

European Union Approves U.K.’s Brexit Plan

November 26, 2018 at 12:42 AM

European Union leaders have approved the U.K.’s plan to begin an exit from the alliance at the end of March 2019.

BMW Warns that “Hard” Brexit Could Lead to Plant Closures

November 16, 2018 at 12:57 PM

BMW AG says it is preparing for a worst-case “hard” Brexit when the U.K. quits the European Union next spring that could mean closing down operations in England.

Toyota Looks Inside for Rising-Star Managers

November 15, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to shed 60% of its top-level executives in Japan in January to make way for younger talent, The Nikkei says.

PSA Ponders Plan to Shutter a U.K. Plant

November 15, 2018 at 5:51 PM

PSA Group reportedly may close one of two Vauxhall plants in the U.K. if sales sour after Britain leaves the European Union next spring.

SMMT: Proposed Brexit Deal a “Positive Step”

November 15, 2018 at 5:19 PM

The proposed Brexit deal from British Prime Minister Theresa May is a “positive step” toward limiting the damage to the U.K.’s auto industry when Britain exits the European Union next spring, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Dubai Police Testing Hoverbike

November 12, 2018 at 4:50 PM

California-based startup Hoversurf Inc. sold its first vertical-takeoff and landing vehicle to the Dubai police department and has begun training officers on how to use the so-called hoverbike.

German Court Orders Diesel Bans in Bonn, Cologne

November 09, 2018 at 2:27 AM

An administrative court in Germany has ruled that Bonn and Cologne must implement partial bans on diesel vehicles to help meet European Union air quality standards.

UPDATE: Three More Officials Sentenced in FCA-UAW Fraud

November 07, 2018 at 5:52 PM

A U.S. district judge in Detroit has sentenced three more executives to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to divert funds from a worker training center co-operated by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the United Auto Workers union.

GM Offers Buyouts to 18,000 Salaried Workers

October 31, 2018 at 4:42 PM

General Motors Co. is launching a new round of buyouts for about 18,000 of its 50,000 white-collar employees in North America.

GM Korea Research Spinoff Sparks Plans for Strike, Lawsuit

October 22, 2018 at 10:57 AM

A decision by GM Korea to spin off its r&d unit has prompted threats of a strike by its labor union and a lawsuit by its second-largest shareholder to nullify to plan.

U.K. Suppliers Cite Perils of “Hard” Brexit

October 17, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Suppliers warn that the British auto industry’s advances over the past 20 years will be lost if the U.K. fails to secure favorable trade terms before it exits the European Union next spring, Reuters reports.

Trump Announces Plans for Trade Talks with EU, Japan, U.K.

October 17, 2018 at 1:23 AM

The Trump administration has notified Congress that it intends to launch talks on three independent bilateral trade pacts with the European Union, Japan and the U.K.

EU Eases Funding for European Battery Push

October 16, 2018 at 1:26 AM

The European Union is loosening anti-competitive rules to allow member countries to fund battery research and build giant factories to make batteries for electric cars, the Financial Times reports.

Nissan Delays Wage Talks Pending Clarity on Brexit

October 15, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Nissan Motor Co. says it doesn’t want to open wage talks with workers in Britain until the British government clarifies the terms under which the U.K. will exit the European Union next spring.

UAW Retiree Healthcare Trust Loses GM Board Seat

October 15, 2018 at 12:10 AM

A healthcare trust representing retired United Auto Workers union members has relinquished its seat on the General Motors Co. board.

German Carmakers Say New CO2 Emission Rules Will Cut Jobs

October 11, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The European Union’s proposal to cut allowable carbon dioxide emissions from cars 35% by 2030 will cost the country’s auto industry tens of thousands of jobs, asserts industry group VDA.

U.S. Jobless Rate Drops to 49-Year Low

October 05, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Unemployment in the U.S. shrank to 3.7% in September, its lowest rate since December 1969, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Car Sales Plunge 21% in U.K.

October 04, 2018 at 5:54 AM

Rising worries about the impact of U.K.’s exit from the European Union prompted a 21% drop in new-car sales last month, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

BMW Scoffs at EU’s Emission Target for Carbon Dioxide

October 03, 2018 at 2:56 AM

The European Union’s plan to slash allowable carbon dioxide emissions from cars 45% by 2030 is “dreaming,” declares BMW AG CEO Harald Krueger.

EVs’ Impact on Employment

October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

By this point, the majority of players in the auto industry should be aware of the impending electrification juggernaut.  Most automotive suppliers should, as well, have either begun planning or are already executing strategies for navigating this major shift, especially if they’re primarily in the powertrain business.

Renault Samsung Motors Struggling with Sales, Labor Issues

October 01, 2018 at 12:27 AM

South Korea’s Renault Samsung Motors Co. is fighting sagging sales and continuing labor strife, the Korea Herald reports.

Toyota Warns of Plant Closure if U.K. Fails on Brexit Plan

October 01, 2018 at 12:11 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. says it will idle its assembly plant in England if the U.K. exits the European Union next spring without a free-trade agreement with the bloc.

Brexit Prompts BMW to Reset Maintenance Work on Mini Plant

September 18, 2018 at 2:22 PM

BMW AG says it will move up next year’s routine maintenance work on its main Mini plant in Oxford, England, to avoid possible production problems caused by the U.K. leaving the European Union.

Potential Savings with an Automated Turning Cell Add Up: Case in Point

September 13, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Aside from reducing labor and need for extra fixturing, automated turning provides several opportunities for saving time and money. Here’s how.

JLR Chief Warns of “Horrifying” Brexit Outcome

September 11, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth says a failure by the U.K. to negotiate a good exit from the European Union would destroy the company’s profits and push it out of the country.

No Relief Expected on U.S. Gasoline Prices

September 05, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Average gasoline prices—which spent last weekend’s Labor Day holiday at a four-year high of $2.83 per gallon—aren’t likely to ease much between now and the end of next year.

VW Plans to Expand in Ghana and Nigeria

September 03, 2018 at 12:01 AM

Volkswagen AG has signed memorandums of understanding to assemble vehicles in Ghana and set up an automotive training academy in Nigeria.

Federal Judge Rejects UAW-FCA Lawsuit Over Payoff Scandal

August 31, 2018 at 4:24 PM

A federal district judge in Detroit has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that a payoff scandal involving Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers union cheated UAW workers.

Trump on EU Offer to Drop Tariffs: “Not Good Enough”

August 31, 2018 at 12:17 AM

President Donald Trump tells Bloomberg News that an offer made hours earlier by the European Union to eliminate its 10% tariff on foreign cars is “not good enough.”

EU Offers to Drop Tariffs on U.S. Cars

August 30, 2018 at 2:10 PM

The European Union says it would be willing to drop its 10% import tax on vehicles from the U.S. if the U.S. agreed to do the same on vehicles it imports from Europe.

Ex-FCA Exec Goes to Prison in Chrysler-UAW Bribery Scandal

August 27, 2018 at 4:09 PM

A federal court in Detroit has imposed a 5.5-year prison term on the former head of labor relations for Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV’s U.S. operations for his role in a scheme to siphon funds from a joint FCA-UAW training center.

U.S. Presses EU to Speed Up Trade Talks

August 27, 2018 at 12:36 AM

The Trump administration is pushing the European Union for “very rapid results” on trade talks that began last week, Reuters reports.

Volvo to Build Tech Training Center Near U.S. Plant

August 24, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Volvo Car Corp. will begin construction later this year of a technician training center near its new $1.1 billion assembly plant in Ridgeville, S.C.

Kia Reaches Tentative Labor Pact in Korea

August 23, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Kia Motors Corp. has reached a tentative one-year pay agreement with its unionized workers in South Korea.

Pay Hike Averts VW Strike in Mexico

August 20, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Volkswagen AG has sidestepped a strike at its giant assembly complex in Puebla, Mexico, with a pay hike and richer benefits, Reuters reports.

Process Engineering for an Automated Turning Cell

August 08, 2018 at 3:52 PM

How does the average shop go about doing all the process engineering to make sure they get the best return on an automated turning center? Murata Machinery USA, makers of Muratec automated twin-spindle turning centers, breaks it down.

British Pound Slides on Brexit Worries

August 08, 2018 at 12:00 PM

  The U.K.’s pound sterling has sagged to a nine-month low as worries grow that Britain will exit the European Union next spring without negotiating a new trade deal with the bloc.

U.S. Jobless Rate Drops

August 03, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Unemployment in the U.S. declined to 3.9% in July from 4.0% in June and 3.8% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

U.S., EU Agree to Suspend Threat of New Tariffs

July 25, 2018 at 6:27 PM

President Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, called a truce in the trade war between the U.S. and European Union late today and pledged to seek ways to lower tariffs on both sides.

Trump Touts Dropping All Tariffs Between U.S., Europe

July 25, 2018 at 8:26 AM

President Donald Trump suggested in a tweet last night that the U.S. and European Union drop all tariffs, barriers and subsidies.

7th Suspect Pleads Guilty in FCA-UAW Corruption Scandal

July 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Nancy Johnson, formerly the United Auto Workers union’s second-top official for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, has become the seventh person to plead guilty in the FCA-UAW corruption scandal.

Trump Floats Bilateral Trade Pact with Mexico

July 19, 2018 at 1:06 AM

President Donald Trump, reviving his threat to dump NAFTA, says the U.S. may strike a bilateral deal with Mexico and negotiate a similar pact with Canada “at a later time.”

Japan, EU Agree To Drop Import Taxes on Cars

July 17, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Japan and the European Union have agreed to remove the EU’s 10% tariff on Japanese cars and 3% tax on car parts.

EU Seeks to Avert U.S. Car Tariffs in July 25 Meeting

July 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM

The European Union hopes to reach an agreement with President Donald Trump next week to avert U.S. plans to slap a 20% tariff on cars made in Europe.

First Prison Sentence Handed Down in FCA-UAW Corruption Scandal

July 13, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Monica Morgan-Holiefield, the widow of United Auto Workers union executive General Holiefield, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a corruption scandal at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Trump: EU Can Avert Car Tariffs with “Good Faith” Trade Talks

July 12, 2018 at 10:13 AM

President Donald Trump says he will slap tariffs on cars from the European Union if the EU fails to commit to “good faith” negotiations to lower its own import taxes.

JLR Threatens to Abandon the U.K. after "Hard" Brexit

July 05, 2018 at 2:33 PM

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth says a failure to arrange a “frictionless” trade deal when the U.K. exits the European Union next year could drive the carmaker out of England.

Report: EU Ponders Multinational Deal to Lower Tariffs

July 04, 2018 at 12:30 AM

The European Union is exploring an idea that would reduce tariffs on cars shipped between the EU, Japan, South Korea and the U.S., diplomatic sources tell the Financial Times.

Study: Diesel Sales in EU Could Sag to 5% by 2030

July 03, 2018 at 12:29 AM

Demand for diesels within the European Union, which slid from 52% of the market in 2015 to 45% last year, could shrink to only 5% by 2030, according to management consultants AlixPartners LLP.

Investment in U.K.’s Auto Industry Plummets

June 27, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Continued dithering by the British government about the U.K.’s exit plan from the European Union has cut investment in the country’s auto industry by 42%.

Trump Edges Closer to Tariff on Cars from EU

June 27, 2018 at 12:57 AM

President Donald Trump says he is close to ordering tariffs on cars imported from the European Union in a bid to banish what he describes as the bloc’s unfair trade barriers.

Young Auto Engineers Say Their Employers Don’t Measure Up

June 26, 2018 at 5:49 PM

Only one-third of U.S. automotive engineers below the age of 36 agree that their work experience matches the way their employers’ portray themselves publicly, according to new research.

Trump’s Latest Tariff Threat: 20% on Cars from EU

June 22, 2018 at 1:27 PM

President Donald Trump is threatening to impose a 20% tariff on all vehicles assembled in the European Union.

EU to Begin Retaliatory Tariffs on Friday

June 20, 2018 at 12:18 PM

The European Union will begin on June 22 to impose tariffs worth €2.8 billion ($3.2 billion) on American imports in response to U.S. duties on foreign aluminum and steel.

GM Unit Stresses Driver Training in Autonomous Cars

June 15, 2018 at 1:43 PM

General Motors Co.’s Cruise Automation unit says it puts backup drivers and auditors through extensive training before allowing them to participate in real-world autonomous vehicle tests. 

UAW Vice Presidents Swap GM, FCA Oversight Jobs

June 15, 2018 at 10:51 AM

The United Auto Workers Union has traded assignments for the vice presidents who head its General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles departments.

UAW Confirms Jones as Its New President

June 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Members of the United Auto Workers union have confirmed Gary Jones, formerly director of its 17-state Region 5, as their new president.

Prosecutors Say FCA, UAW Conspired to Violate Labor Laws

June 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Federal prosecutors say Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers union co-conspired to illegally grant favors to union officials and make special payments to them, The Detroit News reports.

UAW Members Hike Pay for Senior Leadership by 31%

June 12, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Delegates to the United Auto Workers union’s annual convention in Detroit have overwhelmingly approved a 31% raise for their salaried international leaders.

Report Says All New Diesels Fail EU Emission Rules

June 06, 2018 at 2:46 AM

Even the latest “clean” diesels don’t meet European Union emission limits under real-world driving conditions, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation.

Study: Shift to Electrics Could Cut 75,000 Jobs in Germany

June 05, 2018 at 9:54 AM

About 75,000 jobs in Germany could vanish if carmakers there follow through with aim to make 25% of their vehicles all-electric by 2030, Reuters reports.

VW Training Engineers for EVs

June 05, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Last week, Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility, Volkswagen, said, “Within three years, Volkswagen will be starting production of a total of 27 electric car models for four brands in three regions of the world.

VW to Train Young Engineers to Help It Launch Future EVs

June 04, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Volkswagen AG is launching a global manufacturing training program for young engineers to prepare for the wave of electrified vehicles the company plans to launch in coming years. 

Targets of U.S. Aluminum and Steel Tariffs Declare Counter-Measures

June 01, 2018 at 2:30 AM

As expected, the European Union, Canada and Mexico have announced a broad array of counter-tariffs in response to U.S. import taxes of 10% on foreign aluminum and 25% on foreign steel that went into effect at midnight.

U.S. to Impose Steel, Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, EU, Mexico

May 31, 2018 at 12:09 PM

The White House says it will begin protective tariffs at midnight on Thursday on aluminum and steel imported from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

French Unions Bridle at PSA’s Plan to Move Grandland X Output to Germany

May 30, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Two unions that represent PSA Group workers in France are alarmed by the company’s decision to move production of the Opel Grandland X crossover vehicle from France to Germany.

PSA, Opel Labor Leaders Agree to Wage Concessions, Job Guarantees

May 30, 2018 at 1:05 AM

PSA Group and Germany’s IG Metall labor union have agreed on a package of wage concessions, jobs guarantees and new-product investments for the carmaker’s Opel unit.

EU’s Industry Commissioner: “Diesels Are Finished”

May 28, 2018 at 1:46 AM

The Volkswagen diesel scandal triggered a “breakthrough moment” among European consumers about clean air that will mean the demise of diesels, says European Union Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska.

Sixth Guilty Plea in Chrysler-UAW Corruption Scandal

May 28, 2018 at 12:08 AM

Michael Brown, former director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s U.S. employee relations department, has pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement in making illegal payments to union officials.

Musk Rants About Tesla Media Coverage, Labor Unions

May 24, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk used a series of tweets earlier this week to strike out at critics.

Opel Halts Buyouts to Avoid Shortage of Skilled Staff

May 11, 2018 at 3:51 PM

PSA Group’s Opel unit has suspended a 3-month-old buyout program over fears that too many of its engineers are using it to take jobs elsewhere.

Lear, Unifor Reach New Tentative Deal on Seating Plant

May 04, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Lear Corp. and Canadian union Unifor have reached a second tentative contract for the supplier’s seating plant in Ajax, Ont.

Lear to Close Canada Plant Where Workers Rejected Contract

May 03, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Lear Corp. says it will shut down its Canadian seating plant in Ajax, Ont., after 94% of workers there rejected a tentative contract reached earlier with their Unifor union.

Canadian Workers Reject Lear Contract

May 02, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Hourly workers at a Lear Corp. seating plant in Ajax, Ontario, have rejected a tentative labor contract by a 94% margin.

U.S. Proposes Labor Cost Targets, 4-Year Phase-in for NAFTA Content Rules

May 01, 2018 at 1:35 AM

NAFTA trade negotiators from Canada and Mexico are reviewing a new U.S. proposal to impose wage goals on carmakers and give companies four years to hit higher local content targets.

EU, Canada, Mexico Get New Reprieve on U.S. Tariffs

May 01, 2018 at 12:19 AM

The Trump administration has delayed for another 30 days a decision about imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Opel’s Works Council Blocks Voluntary Buyout Program

April 27, 2018 at 12:10 PM

The works council that represents hourly employees at PSA Group’s Opel unit have halted a voluntary buyout plan, claiming PSA has already met its reduction targets in Germany.

GM Korea Averts Bankruptcy with Tentative Labor Deal

April 23, 2018 at 11:22 AM

General Motors Co.’s South Korean unit reached a provisional deal with its unionized workers over the weekend, thus averting a bankruptcy filing today.

Report Says PSA Targets at Least 3,700 Job Cuts in Germany

April 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM

PSA Group aims to trim at least 3,700 jobs at its Opel facilities in Germany by 2020 through buyouts and early retirement offers.

Nissan Trims U.K. Workforce as Diesel Sales Slump

April 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Nissan Motor Co. plans to cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland, England, plant as demand for diesel-powered vehicles falls.

UPDATE: No Deal Between GM Korea, Union as Bankruptcy Looms

April 20, 2018 at 1:41 AM

GM Korea failed to reach a tentative agreement with its labor union today to avert a possible bankruptcy filing. But talks reportedly will continue into Monday.

GM Korea Bailout Talks Stall Over Labor Cuts

April 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

GM Korea and its unionized workers failed to reach agreement on Thursday about concessions, making a bankruptcy filing on Friday more likely.

California Probes Safety Complaints at Tesla

April 18, 2018 at 4:30 PM

California says it has launched an investigation into claims that Tesla Inc. has been underreporting work-related injuries and illnesses that occur at its assembly plant in Fremont.

Merkel Warns PSA on Possible Job Cuts in Germany

April 18, 2018 at 3:32 PM

The German government expects PSA Group to honor its pledge to guarantee employment levels at Opel/Vauxhall, Chancellor Angela Merkel tells reporters.

UAW’s Secretary-Treasurer to Retire in June

April 17, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Gary Casteel confirms he won’t seek reelection after all as secretary-treasurer of the United Auto Workers union this summer.

China, EU, India File U.S. Tariff Complaints with WTO

April 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM

China, the European Union and India have filed similar complaints with the World Trade Organization about the legality of U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Cost Talks between PSA, Union Stall at Opel’s Eisenach Plant

April 17, 2018 at 11:41 AM

The outlook for the Opel assembly plant in Eisenach, Germany, is uncertain after talks about labor concessions broke down between the IG Metall union and PSA Group, Reuters reports.

GM May Drop Debt-Equity Swap Offer for Korean Unit

April 17, 2018 at 1:45 AM

General Motors Co. hints it may withdraw a $2.7 billion debt-for-equity offer if union workers at its South Korean unit don’t agree to concessions by Friday, the Korea Herald reports.

Carmakers Seek EU Help to Meet CO2 Targets

April 16, 2018 at 12:48 PM

European carmakers want more help from the European Union to meet the region’s carbon dioxide emission targets for 2020 and beyond.

EU May Make It Easier for Consumers to Sue Companies

April 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM

The European Union has proposed a plan to give consumers greater power to sue companies through U.S.-style class-action lawsuits, Reuters reports.

Protesting GM Korea Workers Raid Executive Office

April 06, 2018 at 10:36 AM

About a dozen South Korean union workers forced their way into General Motors Co.’s executive offices in Incheon yesterday to protest cancelled bonuses, Bloomberg News reports.

UAW Gained 15,000 Members in 2017

March 30, 2018 at 12:35 AM

The United Auto Workers union reports that its ranks grew nearly 4%, or 15,000 workers, to 430,900 members last year.

Report: U.K. Car Output Could Fall 8% by 2023

March 28, 2018 at 12:59 AM

The British auto industry will see production shrink 8% over the next five years if the government fails to avoid European tariffs after the U.K. exits the European Union.

Opel Offers New Buyout Plan for All Employees in Germany

March 27, 2018 at 3:49 PM

PSA Group’s Opel unit is introducing a new severance package offer for all its employees in Germany in an effort to further reduce its headcount and lower operating costs.

Emergency Calling Becomes Required in the EU

March 27, 2018 at 6:28 AM

Automatic emergency calling functionality—“eCall”—becomes mandatory for all new cars and light commercial vehicles next Saturday (March 31) in the European Union.

GM Korea Threatens to File for Bankruptcy Next Month

March 27, 2018 at 12:41 AM

General Motors Co.’s South Korean unit says it will file for bankruptcy by the end of April unless its union agrees to cut labor costs, Reuters reports.

Opel Workers Demand PSA Investment in Exchange for Concessions

March 23, 2018 at 4:31 PM

PSA Group’s Opel workers in Germany are demanding that the company invest in the brand’s German facilities and future products in exchange for contract concessions, Reuters reports.

U.S. “Pauses” Tariffs on European Aluminum, Steel

March 22, 2018 at 2:04 PM

President Donald Trump has decided to suspend plans to slap tariffs on aluminum and steel from the European Union pending the outcome of further discussions.

PSA Unveils European Powertrain Plan, Minus Germany

March 22, 2018 at 1:58 AM

PSA Group has reported new powertrain production assignments for its facilities in Europe—except in Germany, where labor talks continue about hiking efficiency at its Opel unit.

Another UAW Official Charged in FCA Training Center Scandal

March 22, 2018 at 12:01 AM

The U.S. has indicted former United Auto Workers union aide Nancy Johnson on five counts of criminal violations related to the misuse of $4.5 million in funds intended for a UAW-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles employee training center.

GM Korea Workers Offer Wage Freeze

March 15, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Union workers at General Motors Co.’s operations in South Korea say they would accept a wage freeze if the carmaker reverses plans to shut down a factory in Gunsan, The Nikkei reports.

Kumho Tire Workers Strike Over Sale Plan

March 14, 2018 at 2:19 PM

Hourly workers at Kumho Tire Co. in South Korea staged a one-day strike today to protest plans to sell the ailing company to China’s Qingdao Doublestar Co.

UPDATE: Toyota Raises Worker Compensation 3% in Japan

March 14, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to raise the monthly wages and other benefits for its hourly workers in Japan by 11,700 yen ($110), or 3.3%.

U.S. Charges Fifth Person in FCA Training Funds Scandal

March 14, 2018 at 1:07 AM

Federal authorities have charged Keith Mickens, a former United Auto Workers union official, with siphoning funds intended for a worker training center operated by the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

U.S. Jobs Growth Jumps

March 12, 2018 at 12:30 AM

The U.S. added 313,000 jobs in February, the biggest monthly number since July 2016, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Trump: EU Can Avoid U.S. Tariffs by Lowering Its Own Import Taxes

March 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump says the European Union faces U.S. tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum unless the trade bloc lowers its “horrific barriers and tariffs” on goods from the U.S.

Some 2,500 Workers Accept GM Korea Buyouts

March 06, 2018 at 2:04 AM

About 2,500 General Motors Co. employees in South Korea—15% of the company’s workforce there—have applied for buyouts ahead of a massive restructuring, Reuters reports.

Brexit Outlook Bleak for U.K.’s Auto Industry

March 01, 2018 at 2:26 AM

A grim assessment of the U.K.’s impending exit from the European Union concludes that Brexit offers no advantages for the country’s auto industry, regardless of the final trade terms that emerge.

GM Korea Resumes Wage Talks

February 28, 2018 at 1:00 AM

General Motors Co.’s South Korean unit is scheduled to relaunch wage negotiations today with its labor union there in a bid to keep the operations alive.

UAW Trust Fund to Sell 40 Million GM Shares

February 28, 2018 at 12:22 AM

A United Auto Workers union trust fund is selling 40 million of its shares in General Motors Co., according to a GM regulatory filing.

GM Extends Car Production Cutback in Canada

February 23, 2018 at 12:30 AM

General Motors Co. is stretching out a current production cut at its car plant in Oshawa, Ont., by another nine weeks because of slumping demand, according to a Unifor union memo cited by Toronto’s Globe and Mail.

VW Agrees to 4.3% Wage Hike in Europe

February 21, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay annual bonuses and increase the wages for 120,000 of its hourly workers in western Europe by 4.3%, beginning in May.

Skoda Workers Prepare for Strike in Czech Republic

February 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Union workers at Volkswagen AG’s Skoda factories in the Czech Republic have rejected an initial contract offer and are threatening to strike.

GM Korea Offers Workers Buyout Package

February 14, 2018 at 5:34 PM

General Motors Co. is offering to pay its workers in South Korea who are willing to quit three times their annual wage, $9,000 toward a new car and as much as $12,300 for college tuition.

Ford Applies for Banking License in Germany as Brexit Hedge

February 09, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Ford Motor Co. says its U.K.-based European financing unit has applied for a banking license in Germany to ensure continued operations after Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019.

Honda, Nissan, Toyota to Meet Top U.K. Officials about Brexit

February 08, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Representatives from Honda, Nissan and Toyota are to join other Japanese investors in a meeting today with the U.K.’s top officials to discuss the impact of England’s departure from the European Union next year.

EU Expects 2.3% Growth for Eurozone in 2018

February 07, 2018 at 3:50 PM

The European Commission predicts economic growth in the European Union and eurozone will be 2.3% this year, compared with about the 2.4% it estimates for 2017.

IG Metall Wins 4.3% Wage Hike in Germany

February 07, 2018 at 12:53 AM

Auto workers in Germany will get a 4.3% wage hike in April as part of a deal reached overnight between the powerful IG Metall union and an employer’s federation that represents carmakers.

Fourth Suspect Pleads Guilty in FCA-UAW Corruption Scandal

February 07, 2018 at 12:20 AM

The fourth person accused of participating in a scheme to siphon $4.5 million in job training funds from a joint Fiat Chrysler Automobiles-United Auto Workers union program has pleaded guilty.

More Production Cuts for Maserati’s SUV

February 05, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Output of Maserati Levante SUV/crossover vehicles has been trimmed again, this time with 59% shorter work weeks through July, according to Italy’s FIOM labor union.

Tesla Touts Improved Plant Safety

February 05, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Tesla Inc. says the total recordable incident rate (TRIR) for safety at its Fremont, Calif., plant fell 25% to 6.2 per 100 workers in 2017.

Industrial Workers Begin Third Day of Strikes Across Germany

February 02, 2018 at 2:30 AM

Members of Germany’s powerful IG Metall Union are conducting their third consecutive day of walkouts affecting the country’s carmakers and auto part suppliers.

ACEA Predicts Car Sales Growth in EU Will Slow to 1%

February 01, 2018 at 3:48 AM

New-car registrations in the European Union, which expanded 3% to more than 15 million units last year, will advance only 1% in 2018, ACEA predicts.

Opel Reaches Labor Deal at Zaragoza Plant

January 30, 2018 at 11:09 AM

PSA Group’s Opel unit has reached a labor agreement at its big assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain that is expected to ensure the factory will build the next-generation Corsa small car, Reuters reports.

Employees Sue FCA, UAW Over Training Funds Scandal

January 30, 2018 at 1:09 AM

Three Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV employees are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against the company and the United Auto Workers union.

German Carmakers Face Longer Strikes This Week

January 29, 2018 at 12:30 AM

Germany’s carmakers are bracing for day-long strikes this week after negotiations with the IG Metall labor union stalled on Saturday.

Ford’s UAW Workers Get $7,500 Profit Sharing Payments

January 25, 2018 at 12:57 AM

Ford Motor Co. says some 54,000 of its hourly workers who belong to the United Auto Workers union each will receive profit-sharing checks averaging about $7,500.

Ex-FCA Official Pleads Guilty in Labor Training Fund Scandal

January 22, 2018 at 6:17 PM

Alphons Iacobelli, a former head of labor relations for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in the U.S., has pleaded guilty of stealing millions of dollars from an employee training fund.

JLR Will Cut SUV Production as Brexit, Diesel Taxes Hurt Sales

January 22, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. says it will reduce SUV output in the second quarter of 2018 to offset softening demand caused by higher diesel taxes and uncertainty about Britain’s impending exit from the European Union.

PSA, British Union Plan More Meetings to Push Vauxhall Recovery

January 22, 2018 at 11:43 AM

PSA Group and the U.K.’s Unite union have agreed to further meetings in an effort to revive the French carmaker’s recently acquired Vauxhall manufacturing operations.

PSA to Swap 1,300 Jobs in France

January 10, 2018 at 1:20 AM

PSA Group is shedding some 1,300 employees in France under a new form of voluntary reductions enabled by the French government.

New-Job Growth Slows in U.S.

January 05, 2018 at 11:55 AM

The American economy added only 148,000 jobs in December, down from a revised 252,000 created in November, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

UAW Names Dittes to Head Troubled FCA Unit

January 04, 2018 at 12:38 AM

The United Auto Workers union’s executive board has named Terry Dittes as vice president in charge of the department that represents members who work for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, effective immediately.

Ex-UAW Official Resigns from GM Board

December 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Joe Ashton, a former vice president of the United Auto Workers union’s General Motors department, has resigned as the union’s first representative on the GM board.

VW Labor Talks Will Resume Next Month

December 12, 2017 at 1:31 AM

Volkswagen AG and the IG Metall labor union will return to the bargaining table on Jan. 11 after staking out their positions in first-round wage negotiation late last week.

Strikes May Cost Hyundai $920 Million

December 11, 2017 at 1:02 PM

This year’s series of worker strikes at Hyundai Motor Co. could cost the South Korean company 1 trillion won ($920 million) in lost production, the Financial Times estimates.

EU Agrees to Drop Tariffs on Cars from Japan

December 08, 2017 at 2:21 PM

The European Union has agreed to abandon tariffs of 10% and 3% on imported Japanese cars and parts, respectively.

Hyundai Workers Begin Mini-Strikes in S. Korea

December 05, 2017 at 3:38 AM

Some 51,000 hourly workers at Hyundai Motor Co. facilities in South Korea have begun daily mini-strikes in a push for more pay and bonuses.

UAW Leaders Tap Jones as the Union’s Next President

December 01, 2017 at 12:30 AM

The leadership of the United Auto Workers union has nominated Gary Jones to become the union’s next president.

German Business Group Will Lobby to Keep U.K. In the EU

November 21, 2017 at 12:28 AM

A group of German business leaders and economists have formed an alliance to coax Britain not to leave the European Union after all.

Volvo and Uber Strike Deal for Autonomous Vehicles

November 20, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Volvo—the gutsiest car company on the planet is likely to become the most autonomous-tech related vehicle provider in the world as it has announced a framework agreement with Uber under which it will sell “tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible vehicles [to Uber] between 2019 and 2021.” 

Opel Plans Cuts Off Korean Auto Worker Union

November 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Adam Opel AG’s plan to end shipments of cars made in South Korea appears likely to cripple the militant union whose workers make the vehicles, Reuters reports.

Workers Vote Down UAW at China-Owned Plant in Ohio

November 10, 2017 at 2:09 AM

About 1,500 workers at a China-owned auto glass plant in Moraine, Ohio, voted roughly two-to-one against having the United Auto Workers union represent them, according to the UAW.

Ford, GM Subpoenaed for Info on UAW Training Centers

November 02, 2017 at 4:54 PM

The U.S. Dept. of Justice has requested information from Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. about employee training centers they operated jointly with the United Auto Workers union.

Aston Martin Targets U.S. for Growth in Post-Brexit Era

November 02, 2017 at 12:16 AM

British luxury car maker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. is beefing up its presence in the U.S. to counter any negative impact on its domestic sales when the U.K. exits the European Union in 2019.

7 EU Members Push for Tougher CO2 Limits by 2030

October 30, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Seven members of the European Union are calling for a law that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from new cars 40% by 2030 compared with a 1990 baseline, Reuters reports.

FCA Extends Shutdown for Maserati Levante SUV Output

October 27, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is adding another nine days of production downtime for its luxury Maserati Levante crossover vehicle, according to Italy’s FIOM labor union.

UAW Files Complaint Against Tesla for Firing Workers

October 26, 2017 at 4:47 PM

The United Auto Workers union says it has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Tesla Inc. on behalf of about 400 hourly and salaried employees it claims were unfairly terminated earlier this month.

VW’s Hourly Workers in Germany Ask for 6% Pay Hike

October 26, 2017 at 1:51 AM

IG Metall, Germany’s largest labor union, is demanding a 6% increase in base pay for its 120,000 Volkswagen workers in the country.

Toyota: Brexit “Fog” Threatens U.K. Plant

October 25, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. warns that its factory in England will be in jeopardy if the country continues to dither over access to European markets after the U.K. exits the European Union, Reuters reports.

BMW Confirms Office Raid by EU Antitrust Investigators

October 20, 2017 at 2:17 PM

BMW AG has confirmed that its offices in Much were searched earlier this week by European Union investigators who are probing claims that Germany’s auto industry conspired to influence emission control technologies and prices.

Report: Tesla Hikes Pay 30% at German Engineering Unit

October 19, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Tesla Inc. has boosted salaries about 30% for employees at its Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH unit in Pruem, Germany, the company’s works council tells Reuters.

UPDATE: Unifor Ratifies GM Labor Pact by 86% Margin

October 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Hourly workers at General Motors Co.’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., will vote today whether to accept an agreement to end a strike they began on Sept. 17.

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Employees It Considers Sub-Par

October 16, 2017 at 12:17 AM

Tesla Inc. dismissed roughly 400 hourly and salaried employees last week, according to The Mercury News in San Jose, Calif.

GM Threatens to Close CAMI Plant If Walkout Continues

October 12, 2017 at 9:11 AM

General Motors Co. has warned Canadian labor union Unifor that it might shutter its SUV factory in Ingersoll, Ont., unless its members end their strike there, Reuters reports.

UAW Cites Jobs Threat in Ford’s EV Plans

October 06, 2017 at 1:12 AM

The United Auto Workers union tells Reuters it has begun discussions with Ford Motor Co. about averting layoffs as the carmaker ramps up its plans for electric vehicles.

EU Pushes Regional Battery Consortium

October 03, 2017 at 12:36 AM

The European Union will convene a meeting on Oct. 11 to encourage the region’s top automotive and tech companies to form an Airbus-like consortium to develop battery systems for electric cars.

Labor Talks Drag On for GM’s CAMI Plant

October 02, 2017 at 12:09 AM

Canadian union Unifor says “little progress” has been made to end the strike it began on Sept. 17 against General Motors Co.’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

VW Drops Plans to Sell Ducati Unit

October 02, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Volkswagen AG has abandoned plans to sell its Ducati motorcycle business due to union opposition, Bloomberg News reports.

GM, Unifor Union Return to Bargaining Table

September 27, 2017 at 12:21 AM

Canadian labor union Unifor and General Motors Co. labor negotiators are to resume contract talks today after the union says it detected “some progress” in GM’s position.

Korea Fines Mercedes-Benz Unit for Rigging Labor Repair Rates

September 26, 2017 at 2:13 AM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz marketing arm and eight dealers in South Korea has been fined a combined 1.8 billion won ($1.6 million) for conspiring to manipulate the labor costs to repair its cars.

Unifor Reiterates Labor Demands to End CAMI Strike in Canada

September 25, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Canadian labor union Unifor says it has resubmitted its proposal to General Motors Co. on Sunday to end a strike at the carmaker’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

Unifor Demands GM Job Pledge for CAMI Plant Workers

September 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Canada’s Unifor labor union has invited General Motors Co. to resume contract negotiations—but only if GM guarantees jobs at the company’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

Kia to Trim Domestic Production on Monday

September 21, 2017 at 12:56 AM

Kia Motors Corp. says it will eliminate overtime work at its three South Korean assembly plants on Sept. 25 because of lagging sales worldwide.

Unifor Strikes GM’s SUV Plant in Ontario

September 18, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Canadian labor union Unifor struck the CAMI assembly plant operated by General Motors Co. in Ingersoll, Ont., at 11 p.m. last night after failing to reach agreement on a new contract for its 2,800 workers there.

FCA Will Idle Minivan Output for Five Weeks

September 14, 2017 at 11:50 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will suspend production of Dodge Grand Caravan minivans for five weeks to retool its factory in Windsor, Ont., for tougher U.S. side airbag standards, according to the plant’s union.

Union Claims Harley-Davidson Is “Dismantling” U.S. Workforce

September 13, 2017 at 3:21 AM

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. faces strained labor relations after being accused of shifting some jobs to part-time workers, outsourcing others to suppliers and expanding production in Asia and South America.

Ford Will Reveal Strategy to UAW before Wall Street

September 08, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett will meet later this month with leaders of the United Auto Workers union to present his vision for the company—more than a week before he does the same for Wall Street analysts, according to the head of the UAW’s Ford department.

The Jaguar Land Rover Gorillaz Hiring Strategy

September 07, 2017 at 6:50 AM

One of the prevailing problems throughout industry is finding talent.

VW’s Plan to Sell Ducati Stalls

September 05, 2017 at 12:22 AM

Volkswagen AG has suspended the proposed sale of its Ducati motorcycle business because of union opposition and internal debate about the plan, sources tells Reuters.

Fuel Prices in U.S. Continue to Climb

September 05, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Average gasoline prices in the U.S. rose to $2.64 per gallon on Labor Day, their highest for the year to date, says AAA.

Labor Day 2017

September 04, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Today in the United States it is Labor Day.

NAFTA Talks Shift to Mexico’s Lower Wages

September 04, 2017 at 12:30 AM

The head of Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, tells reporters the North American Free Trade Agreement should be abandoned if Mexico doesn’t agree to reduce the pay gap between its workers and those in the U.S. and Canada.

NLRB Files Labor Complaint Against Tesla

September 01, 2017 at 8:54 AM

The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Tesla Inc. after finding merit in workers’ claims about the electric carmaker’s unfair labor practices, Reuters reports.

EU Readies “Real Driving” Emission Test

August 31, 2017 at 11:31 AM

The European Union will debut a new emission test on Sept. 1 that is intended to measure pollution levels from cars in real-world conditions, Reuters notes.

Court Orders Kia to Pay Korean Workers $374 Million

August 31, 2017 at 12:33 AM

Kia Motors Corp. has been directed by a district court in Seoul to pay its workers in South Korea 420 billion won ($374 million) in additional compensation, Reuters reports.

U.S. Charges Retired-UAW Official in Widening Corruption Probe

August 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The U.S. has charged former United Auto Workers union official Virdell King with using a credit card from a UAW-Chrysler training center to buy more than $40,000 in personal items for herself and other union executives.

Korean Carmakers Threaten to Move Production Overseas

August 11, 2017 at 1:13 AM

South Korea’s five carmakers say they may move production offshore if the country’s high court rules they must include bonuses and other extra pay as part of regular wages, The Korean Herald reports.

Are Driver Aids Eroding Driver Skills?

August 10, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Carmakers fret that the driving aids they are introducing to improve traffic safety also will make human drivers less skilled when they’re in control of their cars, Bloomberg reports.

Hyundai’s Workers Begin Partial Strikes

August 10, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Hyundai Motor Co.’s unionized workers began a series of two-hour strikes today as part of their annual quest for higher wages and more job security.

EU: No Sales Quotas Coming for EVs

August 08, 2017 at 12:27 AM

The European Union tells reporters it has no interest in imposing sales quotas for electric vehicles to help accelerate their adoption.

Nissan Workers Reject UAW Vote

August 07, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Hourly workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Canton, Miss., have rejected the United Auto Workers union as their representative by a hefty 63:37 margin.

Toyota to Coax Creativity with Guaranteed Overtime Pay

August 02, 2017 at 12:47 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. proposes to coax more creativity from senior skilled employees with flexible work schedules and an extra 170,000 yen ($1,500) per month-—the equivalent to 45 hours of overtime, The Nikkei reports.

Grand Jury Indicts Former FCA Executive In Union Payoff Scheme

July 27, 2017 at 12:10 AM

A former labor relations executive at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has been charged with making more than $2.2 million in illegal payments to himself and a United Auto Workers union official in Detroit.

FCA Agrees to 9.5% Wage Hike in Serbia

July 24, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will increase hourly wages by 9.5% to end a lengthy strike at its Fiat 500L small-car plant in Kragujevac, Serbia.

Daimler to Add EV Parts, Battery Production at German Plant

July 13, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Daimler AG has reached a deal with union workers at its Mercedes-Benz complex in Untertuerkheim, Germany, to add production of components, including batteries for electric cars.

Labor Chief Says Audi Lacks Production Strategy

July 12, 2017 at 5:44 PM

The head of Audi AG’s works council grouses that the company is losing factory jobs in Germany because of the lack of a coherent product strategy.

UAW Petitions for Union Vote at Nissan Plant in Mississippi

July 12, 2017 at 12:18 AM

The United Auto Workers union has requested a vote about representing workers at Nissan Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Canton, Miss.

BMW Workers in U.K. Accept Pension Offer

July 11, 2017 at 4:17 PM

BMW AG workers at four manufacturing sites in England have overwhelmingly accepted the company’s updated offer to transition them to a defined contribution pension plan.

VW Grants 14% Pay Hike to End Strike in Slovakia

June 26, 2017 at 1:55 AM

Volkswagen AG has agreed to give its hourly workers in Bratislava, Slovakia, a 14.1% wage increase over two years.

Study: “Hard” Brexit Could Threaten 18,000 Auto Jobs in Germany

June 22, 2017 at 12:19 PM

If the U.K. leaves the European Union without securing favorable trade deals, the resulting slump in car sales in England could jeopardize 18,000 auto factory jobs in Germany, say consultants Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Workers Strike at VW’s Slovakian Plant

June 20, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Hourly workers at Volkswagen AG’s factory in Bratislava, Slovakia, walked out today as part of a demand for a double-digit hike in base pay.

EU Poised to Scrap Import Tariffs on Japanese Car Parts

June 19, 2017 at 2:00 AM

The European Union is prepared to begin phasing out import tariffs on more than 90% of car parts imported from Japan—if Japan will do the same on such European products as cheese, wine and processed foods, The Nikkei says.

VW Workers in Slovakia to Strike for 16% Pay Hike

June 14, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Hourly workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, have voted to begin a strike next Tuesday over demands for a 16% pay hike.

BMW Workers in U.K. Reject Pension Transition Plan

June 12, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Hourly workers at four BMW AG factories in the U.K. have rejected by a 57% margin a company offer to phase out a previous pension plan and shift workers into defined contribution programs.

VW Says 9,300 Employees Have Taken Buyouts

June 06, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Volkswagen AG says it is close to its target of shedding 9,300 hourly and salaried employees in Germany through early retirement offers.

UAW and MAGA

June 05, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Although trade unions and politics are subject that rarely arise on “Autoline After Hours,” that’s far from being the case on this show, where we are joined in the studio by Brian Pannebecker, who is a lift-truck driver at the Ford Sterling Axle Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan,  (where they make products including rear axles for the F150, F250, Expedition/Navigator, Mustang, front axles for the F150, F250, Expedition, Navigator, and the rear drive unit for the Flex/MKT, Escape, Fusion/MKZ, Ecosport, and Kuga) and  who, for reasons which he explains, resigned from UAW Local 228, and who has an attorney who had previously been on the National Labor Relations Board on speed-dial lest he get harassed while on the job.

U.S. Unemployment Drops to 16-Year Low

June 05, 2017 at 1:00 AM

The jobless rate in the U.S. declined to 4.3% in May, its lowest level since 2001, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Michigan College Group to Train Students at Autonomous Vehicle Test Center

May 31, 2017 at 8:43 AM

A consortium of community colleges in southeast Michigan next month will open a workforce training office for autonomous and connected cars on the site of the new American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.

Study Says Tesla Had High Worker Injury Rates

May 25, 2017 at 12:47 AM

Factory workers at Tesla Inc. averaged 8.8 injuries per 100 employees in 2015 compared with a U.S. auto industry average of 6.7, according to Worksafe Inc., a California.-based pro-union group.

Is Brexit U.K. Auto’s Waterloo?

May 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM

French manufacturers, particularly those in the automotive sector, are making significant investments in robotic technology, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The organization says that its most recent figures show that the number of robots installed in the French car industry rose 22 percent, to 1,400 units.

On the Changes at Ford

May 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM

A quick word on the promotion of Jim Hackett to the position of president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, who is replacing Mark Fields, less than a week after the company announced that it would be reducing its white collar headcount in North America and the Asia-Pacific region, presumably a move that Fields made to show unhappy Ford stockholders, who had seen their stock trading at $17.72 on July 18, 2014, literally 17 days after Fields took over, and not that high since.

EU Ponders New Safety Standards for Cars, Trucks

May 22, 2017 at 12:18 AM

European Union regulators are developing a proposed new round of safety standards for cars and commercial trucks sold in the region.

British Union Halts BMW Strike Action on Pension Offer

May 17, 2017 at 4:08 PM

The U.K.’s Unite trade union says it is suspending strike action against BMW AG while its members consider new pension provisions.

Germany Probes Possible Excess Pay for VW’s Works Council Chief

May 12, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Prosecutors in Germany confirm they are looking into suspicions that Volkswagen AG has been paying its works counsel chief and supervisory board member Bernd Osterloh too much compensation.

U.S. Jobless Rate Drops to 10-Year Low

May 08, 2017 at 12:26 AM

The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell to 4.4% last month, its lowest since May 2007, the Dept. of Labor reports.

EU Drops Exhaust System Supplier Probe

May 02, 2017 at 12:17 AM

The European Union has closed an investigation launched three years ago into possible price fixing among suppliers of vehicle exhaust systems.

GM to Add Second Truckmaking Shift at Oshawa Plant

May 02, 2017 at 12:15 AM

General Motors Co. plans to add a second truck-building shift at its factory in Oshawa, Ont., a year from now, according to the Globe and Mail.

UPDATE: Tesla Showers Workers with Incentives at Key Supplier in Germany

April 27, 2017 at 12:44 AM

Tesla Inc. if offering workers at a critical German supplier of factory automation an array of wage hikes, job guarantees, stock options and a one-time €1,000 ($1,100) bonus in a bid to avoid a strike, Reuters reports.

9% Expansion in 5 Years for S. Korea’s Carmaker Workforce

April 17, 2017 at 12:03 AM

South Korea’s five carmakers expanded their combined domestic workforce 9% to 126,700 people between 2011 and 2016, according to their annual reports.

Union Threatens Strikes at BMW Plants in U.K.

April 05, 2017 at 5:13 PM

England’s Unite labor union says it will conduct eight strikes at BMW AG production facilities over the next few weeks to protest the company’s plan to modify worker pension programs.

UAW Membership Expands 2%

April 04, 2017 at 3:45 PM

The United Auto Workers union gained 7,300 members last year, increasing its roles 2% to 416,000 workers, according to its annual report to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

German Judge Chides VW for Withholding Diesel Cheating Details

April 04, 2017 at 12:33 PM

A labor court judge in Germany condemns as “disconcerting” and “irritating” Volkswagen AG’s refusal to reveal findings of investigations into the company’s diesel emission cheating scandal.

U.K. Begins EU Exit Process

March 29, 2017 at 12:17 PM

Today the U.K. formally notified the European Union that it will quit the 27-nation group.

Hyundai Workers in Czech Republic to Get 12% Pay Hike

March 28, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Hyundai Motor Co. says it will boost the average pay of its hourly workers in Nosovice, Czech Republic, by 12% over the next two years, Reuters reports.

VW, Works Council Reach Accord on Labor Cuts

March 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Bernd Osterloh, Volkswagen AG board member who heads the company’s powerful works council, says his long-running dispute with VW brand chief Herbert Diess about how to cut costs has been settled.

Tata Offers Early Retirement for 500 Managers

March 15, 2017 at 1:19 AM

Tata Motors Ltd. has launched a voluntary retirement plan in a bid to eliminate as many as 500 managers.

Toyota May Delay Decision on Next-Gen Auris Production in U.K.

March 08, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. tells Reuters it may not decide whether to continue making its Auris five-door hatch in Burnaston, England, until terms of the country’s exit from the European Union become clear.

Carmakers Spending More in U.S. on Sales Incentives than Production Labor

March 02, 2017 at 2:36 AM

Carmakers in the U.S. are spending $2,500 on labor to build a vehicle—and more than $3,800 on retail discounts to sell it, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Anecdote about Automation

February 28, 2017 at 6:20 AM

This is the Case IH 8000 Series Austoft sugar cane harvester: According to CNH Industrial, which owns Case, in Brazil, where equipment like this is used, sugar cane harvesting, which had once been a labor-intensive process (as had been the production of cars and components), workers had been able to cut cane at a rate of up to 500 kg per hour.

CAW Founder Bob White Dies

February 20, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Bob White, a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers union, has died at age 81.

UAW Ponders “Buy American” Ad Campaign

February 17, 2017 at 12:05 AM

The United Auto Workers union tells reporters it is mulling a “Buy American" ad campaign to promote the sale of union-made cars in the U.S.

GM, PSA Execs Rush to Build Support for Opel Sale

February 16, 2017 at 12:02 AM

Top executives from General Motors Co. and PSA Group are scrambling to build support among alarmed European government and labor leaders for a plan to integrate GM’s Opel unit with PSA.

Labor Cooperation on VW Cost-Cutting Plan Breaks Down

February 13, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Efforts by Volkswagen AG and unions to reduce labor costs were suspended earlier today, as labor leaders claim the company is pushing for greater cuts than the two sides agreed to in November.

Musk Disputes Claim that Tesla Staff is Overworked and Underpaid

February 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk describes as “morally outrageous” claims by an employee about worker injuries, high turnover, poor morale, low wages and long work hours.

VW Works Council Claims Company Is Violating Job Cuts Pact

February 09, 2017 at 12:40 AM

Volkswagen AG’s powerful works council complains that Herbert Diess, who heads the VW brand, is “flagrantly” violating the terms of a plan to shed 30,000 jobs by 2020.

GM Leads Domestic Carmakers in Worker Bonuses for 2015

February 07, 2017 at 2:49 PM

General Motors Co. is distributing bonus payment for 2016 that average $12,000 to eligible workers in the U.S. who belong to the United Auto Workers union.

2017 GMC Acadia AWD SLT-1

February 07, 2017 at 6:36 AM

It must strike some people as rather amusing that essentially every vehicle manufacturer in the known world—and probably also in parts unknown—is busy chasing the development of crossovers and sport utility vehicles.

GM to Idle Plant in Brazil for 2 Weeks

February 02, 2017 at 1:15 AM

General Motors Co. has told workers at its assembly plant outside Sao Paulo, Brazil, that it will suspend production for two weeks beginning Feb. 13, according to the facility’s metalworking union.

Chao Confirmed to Head DOT

January 31, 2017 at 5:15 PM

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Elaine Chao by a 93-6 margin the lead the Dept. of Transportation. Chao is a past deputy secretary for DOT and served as U.S. Secretary of Labor between 2001 and 2009.

German Carmakers Predict U.K. Tariffs after Brexit

January 31, 2017 at 11:41 AM

The U.K.’s decision to exit the European Union appears almost certain to result in tariffs for European carmakers on their British-made vehicles and components, Reuters reports.

GM to Move 600 Jobs to Mexico from Canada

January 30, 2017 at 2:08 AM

General Motors Co. is eliminating more than 600 jobs at its CAMI assembly plant in Canada as it moves production of the next-generation GMC Terrain SUVs from the factory to a facility in Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

EC Offers Enforcement Guidelines for Emission Cheaters

January 27, 2017 at 12:11 AM

The European Commission has issued guidelines to coax European Union member states into doing a better job of detecting and sanctioning illegal “defeat devices” designed to evade emission rules.

Jobs Growth Slows in U.S.

January 06, 2017 at 12:03 PM

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in December, down from an upwardly revised 204,000 in the previous month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Auto & Creative Destruction

December 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM

“Creative destruction,” or “schöpferische Zerstörung,” is an idea from Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian-American economist, who had it that there are profound changes that occur when there are new product and process innovations.

U.K. Claims No Liability in Brexit Assurances to Nissan

December 14, 2016 at 12:06 AM

The head of U.K.’s National Audit Office says the country faces no liability if Nissan Motor Co. investments in the U.K. become less competitive after the country leaves the European Union.

U.K. Asks Carmakers for Data on Risks of Brexit

December 13, 2016 at 12:08 AM

David Davis, the British secretary in charge of implementing the U.K.’s exit from the European Union, tells carmakers they can expect a “calm and orderly” Brexit process.

Daimler Will Hike Factory Wages in Hungary by More than 20%

December 12, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Daimler AG has agreed with unions at its €1 billion Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, to raise hourly wages 10% in each of the next two years, Reuters reports.

Ford Will Ask U.K. for Equal Treatment on Brexit Aid

December 01, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley says he will ask the British government this week to treat all carmakers equally in countering any negative financial effects of the country’s vote to leave the European Union.

Trade Group Warns Brexit Could Hike U.K. Car Prices $1,900

November 30, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Car prices in the U.K. could rise an average £1,500 unless the country can find a way to avoid tariffs after it leaves the European Union, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warns.

Trump Chooses Elaine Chao as Next U.S. Transportation Secretary

November 29, 2016 at 3:03 PM

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao to serve as his administration's secretary of transportation. Chao, 63, served as secretary of labor in George W. Bush's administration between 2001 and 2008. She also was deputy secretary of transportation under Pres. George H.W. Bush.

Report: Most Carmakers Likely to Miss EU’s CO2 Standard for 2021

November 28, 2016 at 12:40 AM

Only four of Europe’s 12 largest carmakers appear likely to meet European Union’s goal of reducing average carbon dioxide emissions from cars to 95 grams per kilometer by 2021, says London-based research group PA Consulting Group.

VW, the Future & the End of “Conventional” Jobs

November 22, 2016 at 6:41 AM

"In order to become a global provider of sustainable mobility, we are pressing ahead with future projects such as electromobility, digital connectivity and new mobility services, equipped with the necessary resolve and financing.”

Ford-UAW Invest $6 Million in Motown Museum Project

November 18, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union are investing a combined $6 million to be the lead donors for a $50 million plan to expand the original home of Motown Records in Detroit.

Opel Warns on 2016 Profit Goal

November 16, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Opel AG says the uncertainty of the U.K.’s vote to exit the European Union makes it unlikely the company will break even this year, Reuters reports.

BMW’s Labor Chief Touts Electrification

November 11, 2016 at 2:54 PM

BMW AG must speed pace of electrifying its vehicle lineup, says Manfred Schoch, deputy chair of the company's supervisory board and the company’s top labor representative.

Ford’s Canadian Workers Ratify Contract

November 07, 2016 at 12:33 AM

Ford Motor Co.’s 6,700 hourly workers in Ontario have ratified a new four-year contract by a 58% margin, Canada’s Unifor union reports.

UPDATE: Canadian Supplier Strike Ends, Averting Supply Crunch for GM, FCA

November 07, 2016 at 12:07 AM

General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobile assembly plants in Ontario face disruption after Canada’s Unifor union struck a factory in Windsor that supplies them with seats and molded seat foam.

British Court Orders Parliament Vote on U.K. Brexit

November 03, 2016 at 1:13 PM

An 11-member panel of judges in London says the U.K. cannot begin exiting the European Union until Parliament approves the move.

Kia Reaches Tentative Deal with Union

November 03, 2016 at 12:20 AM

Kia Motors Corp. says it has reached a tentative labor accord after more than four months of negotiations with its union, The Korea Herald reports.

Rethinking Workforce Training

November 02, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Unifor Reaches Last-Minute Labor Deal with Ford

November 01, 2016 at 1:56 AM

Canadian union Unifor has reached tentative agreement on a four-year contract with Ford Motor Co., averting the union’s first strike against the company in 20 years.

Japan Calls for Regular Talks on U.K.’s EU Exit Plan

November 01, 2016 at 12:08 AM

Japan’s ambassador to the U.K. has asked for regular meetings with the British government to about the country’s strategy for exiting the European Union.

U.K. Extends Nissan Brexit Promise to Other Carmakers

October 31, 2016 at 12:18 AM

The British government hopes to guarantee tariff-free access to Europe for England’s domestic auto industry after the U.K. exits the European Union.

VW’s Labor Leader Threatens to Block Investments

October 28, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Bernd Osterloh, Volkswagen AG’s works council chief, tells Reuters that labor representatives who control half the seats on the company’s supervisory board will block future investments unless VW commits to saving jobs in Germany.

VW, Labor Struggle to Reach Accord

October 20, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Volkswagen AG and its works council appear stalled over negotiations to cut costs in Germany, Reuters reports.

Canadian Workers Approve FCA Labor Contract

October 17, 2016 at 12:31 AM

Canadian hourly workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have approved a four-year contract covering about 9,800 employees.

Ghosn Soften Brexit Stance

October 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has backed away from earlier comments that the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union could threaten future investments by Nissan Motor Co. in England.

JTEKT Agrees to $62.5 Million Partial Settlement Over Price Fixing

October 13, 2016 at 12:46 AM

Japanese bearing supplier JTEKT Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary have agreed to pay $62.5 million (6.4 billion yen) settle several class-action lawsuits in the U.S. that claim the company restricted competition in the sale of bearings and other items.

VW Could Trim 25,000 Workers Through Attrition

October 12, 2016 at 1:21 PM

Volkswagen AG could use an approaching wave of retiring baby boomers to trim its workforce by 25,000 over the next decade, according to VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh.

Hyundai, Union Reach Tentative Agreement on Labor Contract

October 12, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. and the union that represents about 50,000 of its workers in South Korea have reached tentative agreement on a one-year labor contract to end the worst series of strikes in the company’s history.

Union to Resume Hyundai Labor Talks

October 11, 2016 at 11:36 AM

The union representing about 50,000 Hyundai Motor Co. hourly workers in South Korea says it will return to the bargaining table on Wednesday in hopes of reaching an immediate tentative agreement on a one-year labor contract, Reuters reports.

FCA, Unifor Reach Tentative Labor Pact in Canada

October 11, 2016 at 1:08 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Canada’s Unifor labor union have reached a tentative settlement on a new four-year labor contract covering 9,800 FCA workers at three factories in Ontario.

U.K. to Begin Brexit Talks in March

October 03, 2016 at 2:44 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will invoke Article 50, the clause needed to begin the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, by the end of March.

Nissan Delays U.K. Expansion Over Brexit

September 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Nissan Motor Co. says it won’t move ahead on further investment in its factory in Sunderland, England, until the U.K. completes negotiations about exiting the European Union, the Financial Times reports.

Seoul Threatens to Intervene in Hyundai Labor Strike

September 29, 2016 at 12:30 AM

South Korea’s government says it may step in to resolve a general strike that began on Monday against Hyundai Motor Co.

Marchionne Cancels Trip to Paris Auto Show

September 28, 2016 at 12:26 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has cancelled a planned appearance at the Paris auto show on Thursday.

Hyundai’s Union Stages Nationwide Strike

September 26, 2016 at 12:41 AM

The union representing hourly workers at Hyundai Motor Co. in South Korea has begun its first nationwide strike against the company in 12 years, The Nikkei reports.

GM Workers Ratify Canadian Labor Contract

September 26, 2016 at 12:10 AM

Hourly workers at General Motors Co. factories in Canada have approved a new four-year labor agreement by a two-thirds margin.

Anti-Union Group at VW’s Chattanooga Loses Favored Status

September 23, 2016 at 12:14 AM

An employee group set up two years ago to oppose unionization efforts at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., has lost its recognition status with the company, Reuters reports.

Unifor Picks FCA as Next Target for Canadian Labor Talks

September 22, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Canada’s Unifor union says its next target for a new four-year labor contract is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

UPDATE: Unifor Workers Will Vote This Weekend on GM Contract

September 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Some 3,900 General Motors Co. workers in Canada will vote this Sunday on a new contract that ensures the future of GM’s assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, increas employment and raise wages.

GM Strike in Canada Averted with “Framework” Labor Deal

September 20, 2016 at 1:06 AM

The Unifor union that represents about 23,000 hourly autoworkers in Canada says it and General Motors Co. have reached agreement on the framework of a new labor contract.

GM Faces Midnight Labor Strike in Canada

September 19, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Unifor, the labor union that represents hourly autoworkers in Canada, says it will strike two General Motors factories if the two sides fail to reach a new labor contract by midnight.

Toyota to Offer Higher Pay for Night-Shift Workers

September 19, 2016 at 2:30 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. hopes to balance its factory operations in Japan by offering a night-shift-only schedule that pays more than day-shift work, The Nikkei reports.

EU Vows to Sanction Member States on Emission Rules

September 19, 2016 at 12:17 AM

Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Union’s industry commissioner, tells Reuters she aims to sanction EU member states that have failed to enforce the region’s emission standards.

Canadian Union Chooses GM as Strike Target

September 06, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Unifor, the union that represents hourly auto workers in Canada, has selected General Motors Co. as its strike target.

Caddy Performance Models Will Include Free Track Training

September 06, 2016 at 9:24 AM

General Motors Co.’s Cadillac arm says buyers of the “V-Series” performance variants of its CTS sedan and ATS coupe and sedan can attend free 1- or 2-day driver training programs at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort near Las Vegas.

NLRB Orders VW to Bargain with UAW Skilled Trades Workers

September 01, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Volkswagen AG has been ordered by the National Labor Relations Board to begin contract talks with skilled trades workers at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hyundai Workers Reject Labor Pact

August 26, 2016 at 4:43 PM

A one-year labor contract worked out between Hyundai Motor Co. and its South Korean union was overwhelmingly rejected earlier today, Reuters reports.

Mercedes Seeks Voluntary Layoffs in Brazil as Truck Sales Slump

August 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit hopes to trim 1,400 jobs at its truck plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, as sales continue to slump.

Hyundai Workers to Vote on Tentative Wage Pact

August 25, 2016 at 12:55 AM

The 48,000 members of Hyundai Motor Co.’s union in South Korea will vote on Friday whether to accept a tentative one-year wage agreement that would increase their monthly pay by 58,000 won ($52), according to media reports.

California Lawmaker Drops Zero-Emission Bill for Now

August 18, 2016 at 5:30 PM

A proposal to require carmakers to make zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) at least 15% of their sales in California has been withdrawn in the face of strong opposition from carmakers, the energy industry and labor unions, Reuters reports.

Hyundai Workers Launch New Round of Partial Strikes

August 12, 2016 at 1:02 AM

Hyundai Motor Co.’s unionized workers are staging two rounds of four-hour strikes today at the company’s facilities in South Korea.

Unifor Vows Strikes if Carmakers Don’t Invest in Canada

August 08, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Unifor, the union that represents autoworkers in Canada, indicates it will refuse any contract deal that doesn’t include new investment in the country's shrinking auto industry.

Hyundai Workers Authorize Strike

July 14, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Hourly workers at Hyundai Motor Co. in South Korea have voted for the fifth consecutive year to strike after annual contract talks stalled.

Study: Overlapping EU-U.S. Safety Rules Waste Up to $2.3 Billion

July 13, 2016 at 3:23 PM

Carmakers are wasting as much as $2.3 billion (€2.5 billion) annually to meet divergent safety standards in the U.S. and European Union that provide virtually identical benefits, according to research by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research.

EU Trade Chief: No Deals with U.K. Until Exit Is Completed

July 01, 2016 at 2:07 AM

The European Union is legally banned from working out new trade deals with the U.K. until Britain completes the process of exiting from the bloc, according to Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom.

GM Remains Optimistic After Brexit

June 30, 2016 at 9:02 AM

General Motors Co. hasn’t changed its 2016 projections for Europe and the U.S. following last week’s vote by Great Britain to leave the European Union.

EU Rules Out Single-Market Access for U.K.

June 30, 2016 at 12:07 AM

The European Union’s leadership says the U.K., which has voted to leave the bloc, cannot expect continued access to the region as a single market—unless it accepts the EU’s rules on free movement among its 27 members.

Japanese Models Top “Most-American” List

June 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM

The five most “American” models sold in the U.S. in terms of local content and labor all carry Japanese brands, says Cars.com.

Brexit Could Cut Global Car Sales by 2.8 Million Units

June 29, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will trim global passenger vehicle sales by more than 2.8 million units through the end of next year, market researcher IHS Automotive predicts.

Nissan Sues S. Korea in Diesel Emission Dispute

June 24, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Nissan Motor Co. reports it has filed a lawsuit against the South Korean government for accusing the carmaker of using a defeat device to manipulate emissions from its diesel-powered Qashqai SUVs.

Carmakers Assess Next Steps as U.K. Leaves EU

June 24, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Carmakers are deciding if and when to take action in the wake of the U.K.’s narrow vote on Thursday to quit the European Union.

FCA Plans Layoffs at Minivan Plant in Serbia

June 15, 2016 at 3:59 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to drop one of three production shifts at its venture in Kragujevac, Serbia, that makes the Fiat 500L minivan.

GM Will Add Tech Staff in Canada

June 10, 2016 at 1:32 PM

General Motors Co. says it will hire at least 700 engineering, software and urban mobility jobs at three facilities in Ontario, Canada.

Union Threatens Auto Strikes in Canada

June 10, 2016 at 12:16 AM

The union representing hourly auto workers in Canada tells The Detroit News it will have “no choice” but to strike this autumn if contract talks fail to solidify commitments to keep current plants open.

Ford Warns of Investment Risk if U.K. Leaves the EU

June 09, 2016 at 2:14 PM

A British vote on June 23 to leave the European Union would could harm the kingdom’s business environment and discourage foreign investment, warns Ford of Europe CEO Jim Farley.

Boler-Davis Named Head of GM Manufacturing, Labor Relations

June 09, 2016 at 1:27 PM

General Motors Co. has named Alicia Boler-Davis to succeed Jim DeLuca as executive vice president of global manufacturing.

VW Opens Talks with Unions to Cut Costs, Not Jobs

June 08, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Volkswagen AG has begun discussions with its unions about how to reduce costs and hike productivity without eliminating jobs in Germany.

UAW Chrysler Leader Marc Stepp Dies

June 07, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Marc Stepp, the United Auto Workers leader who headed the union’s Chrysler department through turbulent times between 1974 and 1989, has died at age 93.

U.S. Jobs Growth Sinks to 5-Year Low

June 03, 2016 at 4:38 PM

The U.S. added only 38,000 jobs in May, the smallest gain since September 2010, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Canadian Auto Union Says New Investment is Top Bargaining Goal

June 03, 2016 at 12:57 AM

Canadian labor union Unifor says winning commitments from carmakers to hike their investments in the country will be its top priority when contract talks begin this summer.

ACEA Raises Sales Outlook for EU

June 02, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Passenger car sales in the European Union will grow 5% to 14.4 million units this year, more than double the pace predicted in January, according to ACEA.

VW to Lift Hourly Wages 4.8% in Germany

May 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Volkswagen AG has agreed to raise pay for some 120,000 hourly workers in Germany by nearly 5% over the next two years.

UAW, Volkswagen Agree to Discuss Tenn. Plant Labor Rift

May 02, 2016 at 6:30 PM

The United Auto Workers union will meet later this month with Volkswagen AG representatives in Germany in hopes of resolving their labor dispute over workers at VW’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

VW Appeals Effort to Block UAW Skilled Trades Vote

April 25, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Volkswagen AG says it will appeal a decision by the National Labor Relations Board to uphold the right of about 160 skilled trades workers at the carmaker’s factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

Skoda Workers Agree to 11% Hike in Compensation

April 21, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Union workers at Volkswagen AG’s Skoda unit in the Czech Republic have agreed on a two-year labor contract that will hike their wages 3.5% in April and 3% in January, Reuters reports, which cites a company newsletter.

Labor Chief Says VW Board Should Scrap Bonuses

April 19, 2016 at 12:47 AM

Bernd Osterloh, who heads Volkswagen AG’s powerful works council, tells Handelsblatt the company’s management board members should cancel their bonuses entirely amid the company’s diesel emission cheating scandal.

NLRB Upholds Skilled Trades Union at VW’s Chattanooga Plant

April 14, 2016 at 12:00 AM

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a vote last December by skilled trades workers to unionize at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

VW Agrees to Protect Jobs in Germany

April 11, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Volkswagen AG has agreed to work with its unions to shield hourly jobs in Germany from the financial impact of the company’s widening diesel emission cheating scandal.

Unions Say They Don’t Trust VW Leadership in Diesel Crisis

April 08, 2016 at 12:24 AM

Volkswagen AG is trying to use its self-inflicted diesel cheating scandal to justify deep cuts in the company's hourly workforce and even possible plant closures, its unions claim.

Union Warns on GM’s Decision Not to Build Chevy Impala in Korea

April 06, 2016 at 12:55 AM

General Motors Co.’s decision on Tuesday not to produce its large Chevrolet Impala in South Korea “threatens the existence” of GM operations there, the country’s metalworkers union claims.

Audi Workers May Strike in Hungary

March 30, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Audi AG’s unionized workers in Gyor, Hungary, are threatening to strike unless they receive monthly pay hikes of 20,000 forint ($72) retroactive to Jan. 1.

UAW Membership Grows 1%

March 25, 2016 at 12:24 AM

The United Auto Workers union tells the U.S. Dept. of Labor its membership grew by nearly 5,200 workers to a total of 408,600 members in 2015.

Porsche Hikes Worker Bonuses 4%

March 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Porsche AG says it will pay its hourly employees in Germany bonuses worth as much as €8,911 ($10,100) each for their work last year compared with €8,600 in 2014.

Fed Holds Interest Rates Steady

March 17, 2016 at 12:38 AM

The Federal Reserve says it will continue its prime lending rate between 0.25% and 0.5% and suggests it won't raise them again until it sees more evidence that the American labor market is strengthening.

Toyota Balks at Wage Demands in Japan

March 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. appears likely to offer its factory workers in Japan a monthly raise of 1,500 yen ($13.26) after complaining it couldn’t afford a 1,000-yen raise because of rising regulatory costs and the appreciating yen.

Wrenching

March 15, 2016 at 6:04 AM

As the political season is getting down to the nuts and bolts, and as there is the expected amount of flag-waving going on, it strikes us as appropriate to point out that Craftsman Industrial has come out with a new line of wrenches that, unlike those available from other sources, are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Toyota Ponders 3% Pay Hike for Workers in Japan

March 11, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. is contemplating a 2,000-yen ($17.60) boost in the monthly pay scale for its workers in Japan.

VW’s Labor Chief: U.S. Fines Could Prompt Global Job Cuts

March 09, 2016 at 12:45 AM

Hefty fines against Volkswagen AG for rigging diesels to cheat U.S. emission standards would trigger thousands of job cuts worldwide, warns Bernd Osterloh, VW supervisory board member and chair of the company’s powerful works council.

Cheerio Car Shows (?)

March 04, 2016 at 5:00 AM

While there is all manner of consternation regarding Brexit in the U.K. and the E.U.—the issue of the Brits departing from the European Union—there is an exit of another sort that could conceivably be telling—a small clue, mind you, but a clue nonetheless—about the future of the automobile in the U.K.

Labor Strife Disrupts Renault Production in Turkey

March 01, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Workers protesting worker firings at Renault SA’s factory in Bursa, Turkey, halted output on Monday.

Carmakers Urge U.K. Not to Leave the EU

February 25, 2016 at 12:05 AM

Daimler, Ford and Nissan concur with Prime Minister David Cameron that the U.K. should not quit the European Union.

Tata Workers Strike Small-Car Factory in India

February 23, 2016 at 4:27 PM

About 300 workers have struck Tata Motors Ltd.’s small-car assembly plant in Sanand, protesting the suspension of 20 workers for misconduct.

Violent Protests Idle Maruti Suzuki Operations in India

February 22, 2016 at 12:30 AM

Violent protests involving auto suppliers in India killed one person and injured dozens more over the weekend, according to Kyodo News.

GM Profit Share for U.S. Hourly Workers: About $11,000 Each

February 05, 2016 at 1:03 AM

General Motors Co says it will make profit sharing payments of as much as $11,000 to each to its 49,600 hourly employees in the U.S.

Chrysler Profit Sharing Per Hourly Worker Jumps to $4,000

January 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says eligible United Auto Workers union members will receive profit sharing checks for as much as $4,000 each, based on the company’s performance in 2015.

Labor Chief Calls VW Productivity Target “Unrealistic”

January 25, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Volkswagen Group’s hope of hiking the productivity of its namesake brand 10% is “unrealistic,” declares Bernd Osterloh, the supervisory board member who heads the company’s works council.

Honda Waives Labor Costs to Fix Flooded Cars in India

December 22, 2015 at 1:56 AM

Honda Motor Co.’s India unit is offering to repair customer cars damaged by extensive flooding in Chennai by waiving labor costs and discounting replacement part prices 10%. The company also is cutting prices 50% on such add-ons as paint protection and antirust coatings.

UAW Workers Ratify Nexteer Labor Pact

December 21, 2015 at 3:35 AM

United Auto Workers union workers at Nexteer Automotive Group Ltd.’s plant in Saginaw, Mich., have approved a second-round labor agreement by a 61% margin.

NLRB Certifies UAW Vote at Volkswagen Plant

December 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM

The United Auto Workers union has been officially approved to represent skilled trades workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

EC Sues Germany Over Daimler’s Use of Banned A/C Refrigerant

December 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM

The European Commission says Germany violated European Union law by failing to order Daimler AG to stop using an air-conditioning system refrigerant that has been banned by the EU since the beginning of 2013.

UAW Workers End 20-Hour Strike at Nexteer Automotive

December 09, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Some 3,200 United Auto Workers union members have ended a strike that began Tuesday morning at Nexteer Automotive Group Ltd. after reaching tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.

UAW Workers Strike at Nexteer

December 08, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Some 3,200 United Auto Workers union members have walked out at the Nexteer Automotive Corp. parts plant in Saginaw, Mich., after rejecting a four-year labor contract by a 97% margin two days ago.

UAW Workers Reject Nexteer Contract with 97% “No” Vote

December 07, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Only 80 of nearly 3,200 United Auto Workers union members at Nexteer Automotive Corp.’s factory in Saginaw, Mich., have voted to accept a proposed four-year labor contract.

Ferrari Workers Get €5,000 Bonuses

December 07, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Ferrari SpA’s 2,900 employees each will receive a year-end €5,000 ($5,400) bonus, according to the company.

Skilled Trades at VW’s Chattanooga Plant Vote to Join UAW

December 07, 2015 at 1:12 AM

Skilled trades workers at Volkswagen AG’s factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., have voted 108 to 44 in favor of joining the United Auto Workers union.

Ford Aims to Curb Drugged Driving

December 04, 2015 at 7:59 AM

To demonstrate how the use of illegal drugs can impair driving skills, Ford Motor Co. has created a specially designed body suit.

GM Starts Aluminum Repair Network for Caddy CT6

December 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM

General Motors Co. is launching a new repair service and training program for the aluminum-bodied Cadillac CT6 sedan that is due to bow in the first quarter of 2016.

Ford Shuffles Manufacturing Execs

December 02, 2015 at 12:53 AM

Ford Motor Co. says Bruce Hettle, vice president of manufacturing in North America, will take over as group vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs on Jan. 1.

VW Will Appeal Upcoming Union Vote by Skilled-Trades Workers

December 02, 2015 at 12:47 AM

Volkswagen AG says it will appeal a vote later this week by 165 skilled-trades workers at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., to join the United Auto Workers union.

Hyundai’s Union Re-Elects Militant Past President

December 01, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Hyundai Motor Co.’s labor union has elected a president who led the company’s workers through two years of contentious strikes nearly a decade ago.

Ford Books $600 Million for Labor Contract Bonuses

November 30, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Ford Motor Co. says it will book a $600 million expense this year to pay for $10,000 worker bonuses under the company’s new four-year labor contract with the United Auto Workers union.

VW Can Save $2 Billion with Fewer Models and Trim Levels

November 30, 2015 at 12:16 AM

Volkswagen AG has identified steps to cut €1.9 billion ($2 billion) in costs by reducing the number of VW brand models and trim packages it offers, says Bernd Osterloh, the company’s top labor representative.

UAW Ratifies GM, Ford Contracts

November 23, 2015 at 12:36 AM

The United Auto Workers union has declared its four-year contract with General Motors Co. ratified by a 55% margin, after the deal was adjusted to overcome concerns by skilled trades workers.

EU Extends Deadline for VW Report on Bogus CO2 Ratings

November 20, 2015 at 9:51 AM

The European Union has given Volkswagen AG until the end of December to detail the impact of some 800,000 cars the company sold in Europe with understated carbon dioxide emission ratings, Automotive News Europe reports.

IG Metall, UAW Open Joint Office in Tennessee

November 19, 2015 at 12:09 AM

The United Auto Workers union and Germany’s largest union, IG Metall, are opening an office in Spring Hill, Tenn., to promote unionism in the South.

Ford-UAW Pact Teeters Toward Rejection

November 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM

A four-year national labor agreement between the United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. appears to be headed for defeat after workers at two large factories rejected the proposal by 2:1 margins. 

Nissan Strikes Color Customization Note

November 16, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Nissan Motor Co. is expanding its color studio personalization program to the 2016 Versa Note small car.

UAW Reopens Talks with GM on Skilled Trades Pact

November 16, 2015 at 12:55 AM

The United Auto Workers union has reopened contract talks with General Motors Co. on issues that prompted the union’s skilled trades members to reject the proposed four-year deal.

Big Investor Says VW’s Chairman and CEO Should Be Replaced

November 13, 2015 at 12:37 AM

A senior portfolio manager with Germany’s huge Union Asset Management Holding AG says Volkswagen AG should replace its newly installed CEO and chairman—along with several members of its supervisory board—with outsiders to restore confidence in the company.

Ford Workers Begin Ratification Vote on UAW Contract

November 12, 2015 at 1:45 AM

United Auto Workers union members have begun voting on whether to accept a four-year contract tentatively reached last week with Ford Motor Co.

EU Orders VW to Supply Data on CO2 Test Errors

November 11, 2015 at 2:20 AM

The European Union has given Volkswagen AG 10 days to produce details about the “irregularities” the company found in carbon dioxide emission ratings for 800,000 of its SEAT, Skoda and VW brand cars sold in Europe.

UAW-Ford Contract Goes to Workers for Ratification Vote

November 09, 2015 at 3:07 PM

United Auto Workers union local leaders have approved a tentative four-year labor contract with Ford Motor Co. and sent it to the UAW’s 53,000 Ford workers in the U.S. for ratification.

Skilled-Trade Workers Reject GM Contract, Ratification in Limbo

November 09, 2015 at 12:21 AM

The United Auto Workers union says its production workers ratified a new four-year labor contract with General Motors Co. by a 58% margin.

Ford, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

November 06, 2015 at 2:56 PM

The United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. have reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract for Ford’s hourly workers in the U.S.

Audi Recreates 1936 Racer with 3-D Replica

November 06, 2015 at 6:59 AM

Audi AG's toolmaking unit has created a half-size replica of its 1936 Auto Union Type C grand prix racecar using a 3-D printer.

VW Objects to Union Vote by Small Group at Chattanooga Plant

November 03, 2015 at 1:03 AM

Volkswagen AG is objecting to a bid by 165 maintenance workers at its U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee to vote on allowing the United Auto Workers union to represent them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Getting It Done. And Going.

November 02, 2015 at 2:10 PM

UAW-GM Pact Would Boost Bonus, Wages, Plant Investments

October 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM

The tentative contract between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors Co. would increase the signing bonus, hike wages and inject $1.6 billion into a dozen of the company’s manufacturing operations, according to the union.

EU Members Sharply Divided Over Real-World Emission Tests

October 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Members of the European Union remain deeply divided over how to proceed with a European Commission plan to check emission levels achieved in government certification tests against real-world performance, Reuters reports.

UAW, GM Reach Tentative Agreement

October 26, 2015 at 1:10 AM

The United Auto Workers union says it reached tentative agreement on a four-year labor contract with General Motors Co. late Sunday.

UAW in Bid to Organize Skilled Trades at VW Plant

October 26, 2015 at 12:30 AM

The United Auto Workers union is making another attempt to organize hourly workers—this time 165 skilled trades employees—at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

EV Sales in Europe Up More than 90-Fold Since 2010

October 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM

The number of electrified vehicles sold in the European Union grew to more than 70,000 units last year from just 760 in 2010, according to a new report from the EU’s Joint Research Center.

UPDATE: UAW Ratifies FCA Labor Contract

October 22, 2015 at 1:24 PM

United Auto Workers union employees have approved a four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV by a 77% margin, according to the union.

Maruti Suzuki Boosts Wages 10% for Temp Workers

October 21, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., India’s largest carmaker, has increased the average wage it pays temporary workers by 10%, retroactive to April 2015, The Economic Times reports.

This Is the Week That Was

October 19, 2015 at 5:00 AM

This week, the UAW members of FCA US are going to be voting on a new labor agreement.

UAW Wage Plan Would Shield Chrysler’s Cost Advantage

October 16, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Chrysler operations in the U.S. would be able to maintain a labor cost advantage over General Motors and Ford under terms of the tentative wage agreement between the United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Bloomberg News points out.

UAW Healthcare Trusts Report $20.7 Billion Funding Shortfall

October 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Voluntary employees’ beneficiary associations set up eight years ago to cover medical expenses for retired United Auto Workers union members widened their funding gap fourfold last year to $20.7 billion, according to U.S.

UAW Aims to Complete Vote on FCA Contract Next Week

October 13, 2015 at 12:18 AM

The United Auto Workers union is giving its 40,000 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV workers a week to ponder a new proposed four-year labor contract before voting on the agreement Oct. 20-21.

UAW Sends New FCA Contract to Workers for Vote

October 12, 2015 at 1:28 AM

As expected, United Auto Workers union leaders on Friday approved a new, tentative labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Latest FCA-UAW Pact Would Hike Pay and Bonuses, Drops Healthcare Co-op

October 09, 2015 at 3:45 PM

The tentative labor contract between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers union abandons the idea of forming an industrywide healthcare co-op, hikes the ratification bonus one-third to $4,000 and enables so-called second-tier hires to reach parity with senior workers in eight years.

New FCA-UAW Labor Deal Would Raise Tier-Two Wage Cap

October 08, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV's tentative new contract with the United Auto Workers union would raise the hourly wage cap on tier-two employees to $29 from the $25 rejected by workers last week, sources tell Bloomberg News.

FCA, UAW Reach New Tentative Contract Agreement

October 08, 2015 at 1:09 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers union averted a possible strike late last night by reaching agreement on a new tentative four-year labor contract.

Maserati Trims Production

October 07, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Fiat Chrysler Automobile NV's Maserati luxury car unit will suspend production during the first week of November to match slower sales, according to Italy's FISMIC labor union.

UAW Could Strike FCA on Thursday

October 06, 2015 at 2:04 PM

The United Auto Workers union has canceled its current contract extension with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and could begin at one or more of FCA's U.S. plants as early as midnight on Oct. 7.

UAW, FCA Resume Contract Talks

October 06, 2015 at 1:33 AM

The United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have returned to the bargaining table after the union's FCA members rejected a proposed labor pact by a 2:1 margin.

Strike Averted at Ford F-150 Truck Plant

October 05, 2015 at 12:03 AM

The United Auto Workers union reached agreement late Friday on a local contract at Ford Motor Co.'s F-150 pickup truck plant in Kansas City, Mo., thus averting a possible strike there.

UAW Ponders Next Steps as Workers Reject FCA Labor Pact

October 01, 2015 at 12:58 AM

United Auto Workers union leaders are convening in Detroit today to consider next moves after some 40,000 of the UAW's members rejected a proposed four-year national labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV by a margin of 2:1.

UAW Threatens Strike at Ford F-150 Truck Plant

September 30, 2015 at 12:47 AM

Union workers could strike as soon as Sunday afternoon at Ford Motor Co.'s F-150 pickup truck plant in Kansas City, Mo.

Maruti Suzuki Wage Pact Triggers Protests

September 30, 2015 at 12:42 AM

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.'s new wage agreements with three unions have spawned protests by contract workers who say they were excluded, The Economic Times reports.

FCA Labor Pact with UAW Runs into Stiff Opposition

September 28, 2015 at 12:29 AM

The proposed four-year contract between the United Auto Workers union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is being soundly rejected in early ratification votes, Reuters reports.

FCA to Boost Output in U.S. but Move Some Production to Mexico

September 18, 2015 at 2:48 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans under its tentative labor pact with the United Auto Workers union to relocate two low-profit small-car programs to Mexico and hike output of hot-selling pickup trucks and crossover vehicles in the U.S., sources tell the Detroit Free Press.

Fiat-Chrysler Workers to Get Raises, Ratification Bonus

September 16, 2015 at 7:57 PM

U.S. hourly union workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will receive $3,000 bonuses and increases in hourly pay if they ratify the tentative pact worked out between FCA and the United Auto Workers union on Tuesday, according to media reports.

FCA, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

September 16, 2015 at 4:13 AM

The United Auto Workers union says it has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Hyundai Workers Vote to Strike on Wednesday

September 14, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Unionized workers at Hyundai Motor Co. have voted to strike the company on Wednesday if negotiations for a new one-year labor contract aren't completed by then.

FCA-UAW Contract Settlement Near?

September 14, 2015 at 12:03 PM

A decision by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne not to attend this week's Frankfurt auto show in Germany may mean the company is close to agreement on a new labor contract with the United Auto Workers union.

Brose's Training Programs

September 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The U.S. auto industry is coping with a shortage of candidates to fill skilled trades and white collar jobs.

UAW Chooses FWA as Target for Labor Talks

September 14, 2015 at 3:30 AM

The United Auto Workers union has selected Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as its target for this year's contract negotiations.

Ford Workers in Brazil Strike Over Layoffs

September 14, 2015 at 3:14 AM

Some 4,300 workers at Ford Motor Co. have launched an indefinite strike after the company laid off 200 workers, Reuters reports.

UAW Ponders Strike Target

September 08, 2015 at 1:38 PM

The United Auto Workers union has not yet selected a strike target as its current contract with Detroit's three carmakers approaches a Sept. 14 expiration.

Learning to Work

September 04, 2015 at 5:00 AM

As we are at the cusp of the school season, as many students get ready to get back to what they think is a drudge now, but which they’ll undoubtedly look back on with wistful fondness, we’d like to give some credit to the Toyota USA Foundation for investing $5.8-million in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education of high school and adult students. (Seems that too often the adult students are overlooked, as though they don’t need any assistance, which is ostensibly not the case.) What’s interesting about this investment from the foundation is that it is wide-ranging in scope.

U.S. Carmakers Signal Interest in Pooling Healthcare Coverage

September 04, 2015 at 12:43 AM

Detroit's Big Three carmakers are increasingly interested in a United Auto Workers union suggestion that they scrap their company-run worker healthcare programs and adopt a single co-op plan, Reuters reports.

Daimler Swaps Fewer Hours for Layoffs at Brazil Truck Plant

September 01, 2015 at 12:09 AM

Daimler AG has ended a strike at its commercial truck plant in Sao Bernardo, Brazil, by scrapping plans to shed 1,500 jobs there, Bloomberg News reports.

Daimler Trims 1,500 Jobs at Truck Plant in Brazil

August 25, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Daimler AG is reducing the hourly workforce at its Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Sao Bernardo, Brazil, 13% to help cope with a 44% decline in local demand for commercial vehicles.

U.S. Inflation Rises 0.1%

August 20, 2015 at 12:03 AM

The U.S. consumer price index rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Strike Halts Operations at GM Plant in Brazil

August 10, 2015 at 6:50 PM

General Motors Co. confirms its factory in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, has been idled by a strike, Reuters reports.

GM Workers in Korea Approve Labor Contract

July 30, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Union workers in South Korea have approved a one-year labor agreement with General Motors Co. by a 55% margin, Reuters reports.

GM Reaches Tentative Wage Deal in Korea

July 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM

General Motors Co. and its labor union in South Korea have reached a tentative agreement to hike wages and maintain production levels at GM's factory in Bupyeong, Reuters reports.

Porsche Experience Center: Drive or Eat?

July 21, 2015 at 4:48 AM

This is a Porsche Panamera GTS on the low-friction surface of the 1.6-mile track that’s on the grounds of the $100-million Porsche Experience Center: The Experience Center, which is on 27.7-acres hard on the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, includes the track (there are 77 cars that can be driven; you can look into booking one via www.porschedriving.com), Porsche Cars North America headquarters, a technical training center, classic car restoration center, vehicle gallery, a business center where rooms can be rented, and more.

Honda Engineers Set Fuel Efficiency Record in Civic Diesel

July 16, 2015 at 9:34 AM

Honda Motor Co. set a new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption through all 24 European Union countries.

Supplier Strike Idles SEAT Assembly Plant

July 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Volkswagen Group's SEAT unit suspended production today at its factory in Martorell, Spain, today because a labor strike at its seating provider disrupted supplies.

GM, UAW Kick Off 2015 Contract Talks

July 14, 2015 at 12:07 AM

General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union officially opened contract negotiations on Monday, optimistic they can reach agreement without a strike.

FCA, CNH Industrial Sign 4-Year Labor Pact

July 08, 2015 at 2:51 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and CNH Industrial NV have signed labor agreements with Italian unions that introduce a bonus plan linked to company efficiency and profitability goals, Reuters reports.

Audit Takes NHTSA to Task

June 25, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Sloppy records, weak data-collecting processes, poor training and supervision and a bevy of inconsistent procedures have hurt the ability of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to identify and correct vehicle safety defects.

Union Confirms PSA Plant in Morocco

June 19, 2015 at 9:47 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen will build an assembly plant in Kenitra, Morocco, with initial capacity to make 90,000 cars per year, a French union leader tells Bloomberg News.

UAW Proposes Big-Three Healthcare Pool

June 18, 2015 at 2:04 PM

The United Auto Workers union is floating the idea of pooling healthcare services for General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles USA to lower overall costs.

Job Reductions Ahead at MAN?

June 17, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Volkswagen Group's sweeping reorganization may eliminate as many as 2,000 jobs at commercial truckmaker MAN SE, union sources tell Reuters.

GM’s Top Labor Negotiator Quits

June 11, 2015 at 12:22 AM

Rex Blackwell, who became General Motors Co.'s vice president of North American labor relations two months ago, unexpectedly retired on June 1, sources tell The Wall Street Journal.

FCA’s Chrysler Labor Chief Retires

June 09, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Al Iacobelli, who has headed North American employee relations for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV since 2008, has abruptly retired.

The Economic Importance of Auto

June 09, 2015 at 5:00 AM

A couple weeks ago the University of Tennessee Center of Business and Economic Research (CEBR) released a study on the economic impact of Volkswagen’s plant expansion in Chattanooga as well as the establishment of the North American Engineering and Planning Center.

Renewed Labor Dispute Halts Ford Production in Turkey Again

May 27, 2015 at 12:47 AM

Ford Motor Co.'s carmaking venture in Turkey has again suspended operations at one of its factories because of a rekindled labor dispute over wages and working conditions, Reuters reports.

Renault Offers More Pay to End Turkish Labor Protests

May 26, 2015 at 12:35 AM

Renault SA has offered striking workers in Turkey cash payments and salary hikes if they return to work, according to Reuters.

Fiat, Ford Resume Production in Turkey

May 22, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Joint venture factories that make Fiat and Ford vehicles in Turkey restored production today after a week of labor disruptions, Reuters reports.

Ford Cuts Production in Turkey

May 20, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Ford Motor Co.'s Ford Otosan venture with Koc Holding AS in Turkey has suspended one shift of assembly work because labor unrest in the country has created supply chain problems, Reuters reports.

GM, FCA May Sell Cars for Dollars in Venezuela

May 20, 2015 at 12:27 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors may join Ford in offering their vehicles in Venezuela for American dollars rather than the country's bolivars, a union official tells Reuters.

Workers Halt Production at Fiat, Renault Plants in Turkey

May 18, 2015 at 12:55 AM

Workers protesting wages and work conditions disrupted output at Fiat SpA and Renault SpA assembly plants in Bursa, Turkey, on Friday, Reuters reports.

UAW Offers Works Council Plan for VW’s Tennessee Plant

May 07, 2015 at 5:18 PM

The United Auto Workers union has issued a "vision statement" in which Volkswagen AG sets up a works council at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

FCA Announces Worker Bonus Plan

April 17, 2015 at 12:09 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is launching a new productivity-based bonus plan for its hourly workers in Italy.

Federal-Mogul Launches “Garage Guru” Tech Training Program

April 06, 2015 at 12:39 AM

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corp. is opening four regional centers in the U.S. to train independent auto service writers, technicians and shop owners on the intricacies of today's complex vehicles.

GM: No Plan to Exit Korea as Labor Costs Jump Nearly 50%

April 02, 2015 at 2:04 AM

General Motors Co. tells Reuters it won't close any of its four auto plants in South Korea, even though production is down and its labor costs there have soared almost 50% in five years.

UAW Boosts Membership 3%

March 31, 2015 at 5:11 PM

The United Auto Workers union added about 12,000 members in 2014, increasing its total to 403,500, according to a filing with the U.S.

VW Suspends Production at Factory in Brazil

March 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Volkswagen AG has halted operations at its auto assembly plant in Taubate, Brazil, for three weeks, according to Reuters, which cites union sources.

Porsche to Distribute €8,600 Bonuses to Employees

March 25, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Porsche AG is celebrating its most successful year ever by giving each of its employees bonuses totaling €8,600.

Hourly Labor Rates in U.S. Highest for Mercedes, Lowest for VW

March 25, 2015 at 1:51 AM

Hourly wages for workers in American auto plants range from an average high of $65 in Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama to a low of $38 for Volkswagen AG workers in Tennessee, according to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research.

UAW Delegates Decry Two-Tier Wage System

March 25, 2015 at 1:24 AM

As expected, delegates to the United Auto Workers union bargaining convention in Detroit want an end to the two-level wage system they agreed to in 2007.

Ford, GM May Seek Lower Third-Tier Wages

March 24, 2015 at 12:57 AM

Ford and General Motors are likely to launch this summer's labor talks with a proposal to create a third tier of wages below the two tiers currently in place, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Toyota Makes Lower Offer on Wages in Japan

March 16, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. proposes to hike base monthly pay for its hourly workers in Japan by 4,000 yen ($33), one-third less than demanded by its union.

VW Workers Get €5,900 Profit-Sharing Checks

March 12, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Volkswagen AG is distributing €5,900 profit-sharing payments to its hourly workers at six plant locations in Germany.

U.S. Jobs Up, Unemployment Down

March 06, 2015 at 7:48 PM

The jobless rate in the U.S. fell to a six-year low of 5.5% in February, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Daimler Urged to Reconsider U.S. Expansion

February 26, 2015 at 3:11 AM

Daimler AG should rethink some of its plans to expand production in the U.S. if the dollar remains strong against the euro, suggests Michael Brecht, the company's top labor representative.

Toyota Rebuffs Union Wage Demand as “Impossible”

February 25, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. says its trade union's demand for monthly raises of 6,000 yen ($50) for its members is prohibitively expensive.

IG Metall Wins 3% Wage Hike

February 24, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Germany's IG Metall union has accepted a 3.4% wage hike for its 800,000 members in southwestern Germany, home to Daimler and Porsche.

GM Hit with Surprise Strike in Brazil

February 20, 2015 at 5:12 PM

General Motors Co. is promising legal action after union workers in Brazil abruptly struck over planned layoffs, Reuters reports.

Japan’s Auto Workers Demand Industrywide Raises

February 18, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Unions representing workers at 11 Japanese carmakers are asking the companies to hike base monthly wages for their members by 6,000 yen ($51) in the fiscal year that begins April 1, according to the Confederation of Japan Automobile Workers' Unions.

VW Recognizes Anti-Union Group at Chattanooga Plant

February 18, 2015 at 1:21 AM

Volkswagen AG has granted a second group the anti-union American Council of Employees access to hourly and salaried employees at its factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., Reuters reports.

Dock Dispute Prompts Honda to Trim Production in N. America

February 16, 2015 at 12:41 AM

Honda Motor Co. says facilities in the U.S. and Canada will begin today to adjust output because of parts shortages caused by the lingering labor dispute at ports on the West Coast.

Ford Now Employs More U.S. Hourly Workers Than GM

February 16, 2015 at 12:01 AM

For the first time since the 1930s, Ford Motor Co. employs more hourly workers in the U.S. than does General Motors Co., according to Automotive News.

Toyota’s Union Ask for 6,000-Yen Raise

February 13, 2015 at 12:02 PM

The union representing Toyota Motor Corp.'s hourly workers tells Bloomberg News it is asking the company for a 1.7% monthly increase in base pay for its 63,000 members.

UAW Sets Up a VEBA for Its Office Staff

February 09, 2015 at 12:30 AM

The United Auto Workers union has agreed to spend $355 million to establish a voluntary employee benefits association for its own office staff.

U.S. Shipping Logjam Prompts Japanese Carmakers to Airlift Parts

February 05, 2015 at 3:35 PM

At least two Japanese carmakers are importing parts to skirt shipping disruptions caused by stalled labor talks between ship operators and dockworkers on the West Coast.

U.S. Recall Costs Could Cut Hourly Worker Profit Sharing This Year

January 28, 2015 at 1:14 AM

The costs of big safety recalls in 2014 are likely to trim profit-sharing checks for hourly workers at General Motors and Ford this year, The Detroit News reports.

VW Workers End 10-Day Strike in Brazil

January 19, 2015 at 1:23 AM

Hourly workers at Volkswagen AG's factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ended a 10-day walkout on Friday after VW agreed to reinstate 800 laid-off employees, Reuters reports.

Hyundai Spared Big Payout in Court Ruling about Wages

January 16, 2015 at 2:19 AM

A district court in Seoul, South Korea, has sharply limited an effort by workers to force Hyundai Motor Co. to include regular bonuses as part of their base pay.

Toyota Workers Will Seek 6,000-Yen Pay Hike

January 08, 2015 at 8:14 PM

Labor unions representing workers at Toyota Motor Corp. plan to ask for a 6,000-yen ($50) raise in monthly pay when wage talks begin this spring, The Nikkei says.

France’s Unemployment at New Record High

December 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM

The number of people without jobs in France rose 0.8% to a record 3.49 million in November, according to the Ministry of Labor.

UAW Faces “Huge Hurdles” Next Year

December 16, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Dennis Williams The United Auto Workers union faces several "huge hurdles" in 2015 and beyond, concedes new President Dennis Williams in a meeting with reporters in Detroit.

UAW Aims to Set Up Works Council at VW Plant

December 10, 2014 at 3:51 AM

The United Auto Workers union tells reporters it wants to help Volkswagen AG establish a German-style works council at the company's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

UAW Qualifies for Top-Tier Access at VW’s Chattanooga Plant

December 09, 2014 at 12:10 AM

The United Auto Workers union has won the right to hold on-premise meetings and meet with human resource managers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

U.S. Adds 321,000 Jobs

December 08, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Nonfarm employers in the U.S. filled 321,000 jobs in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Daimler Violated U.S. Labor Law in Alabama

December 02, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Daimler AG illegally told workers at its Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Vance, Ala., they could not discuss or promote unionization during their free time at the factory, Bloomberg News reports.

Volvo Truck Books €400 Million for Possible Antitrust Fine

November 26, 2014 at 6:01 AM

AB Volvo says its fourth-quarter income will be hurt by a €400 million provision made by the company ahead of the outcome of a European Union investigation into possible antitrust violations by the region's commercial truckmakers.

JLR Workers in U.K. Reject Contract Offer

November 14, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Jaguar Land Rover workers in the U.K. are threatening to strike over stalled labor contract talks.

JLR Workers in U.K. Reject Contract Offer

November 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Jaguar Land Rover workers in the U.K. are threatening to strike over stalled labor contract talks.

VW to Allow Unions to Hold Meetings at Chattanooga Plant

November 13, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Volkswagen AG has announced a new policy for its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that allows qualified labor organizations to hold meetings at the facility and engage plant management.

UAW Near Deal to Represent VW Workers in Chattanooga?

November 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM

The United Auto Workers union says an upcoming policy change by Volkswagen AG will clear the way for the UAW to represent workers at VW's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Associated Press reports.

Ford Plant Hit with Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

November 05, 2014 at 9:42 AM

A Chicago law firm is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit that claims a pattern of sexual harassment and discrimination spanning more than 20 years at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago Assembly plant, Crain's Chicago Business reports.

Canada Loses Bid for Ford Engine Work

October 27, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Ford Motor Co. has decided to move ahead with plans to build a $2 engine factory in Mexico rather than investing to expand existing operations at its Essex Engine plant in Windsor, Ont., according to Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union.

UAW Hopes to Organize VW Plant Next Year

October 23, 2014 at 12:34 AM

United Auto Workers union President Dennis Williams tells Reuters the UAW hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for hourly workers at Volkswagen AG's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., before the end of next year.

UAW, Politicos Rally to Keep Jeep Production in Toledo

October 21, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Union and state political representatives are launching a coordinated effort to retain production of the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio.

Ford to Add 850 Workers at F-150 Plant

October 15, 2014 at 6:33 AM

Rouge plant Ford Motor Co. says it will add 850 fulltime workers at a factory in Dearborn, Mich., that is producing the aluminum-intensive F-150 pickup truck.

UAW Sets Up a Local for Daimler Workers in Alabama

October 06, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Mercedes-Benz Vance factory The United Auto Workers union has chartered non-bargaining Local 112 near Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz factory in Vance, Ala., in hopes of eventually organizing the hourly workers there.

U.S. Unemployment Drops to 6-Year Low

October 06, 2014 at 12:31 AM

America's jobless rate fell to 5.9% in September from 6.1% in August, its lowest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Hyundai Workers Approve Labor Contract

October 02, 2014 at 2:54 AM

Union workers at Hyundai Motor Co. have approved a one-year contract, calling off a series of strikes that cost an estimated 900 billion won ($846 million) in lost production.

Hyundai Reaches Tentative Wage Deal in Korea

September 30, 2014 at 4:17 AM

Union workers at Hyundai Motor Co. in South Korea will vote on Wednesday whether to accept a new one-year wage agreement.

UAW, German Labor Groups Aim to Organize VW’s Chattanooga Plant

September 29, 2014 at 5:48 PM

The United Auto Workers Union, Germany's IG Metall union and the Volkswagen global works council have signed a letter of intent to collaborate in a push to organize VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Reuters reports.

Daimler Labor Chief to Meet with UAW

September 29, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Daimler AG's deputy chairman and head of the company's works council Michael Brecht plans to meet with the United Auto Workers union about "improving worker representation" at the company's assembly plant in Vance, Ala., Reuters reports.

Hyundai, Kia Workers Launch Strikes

September 23, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Workers at Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. will conduct strikes this week to protest the "imperial management" style of Chairman Chung Mong-koo.

UAW Approves Lear Contract Ending Two-Tier Pay

September 22, 2014 at 12:23 AM

United Auto Workers union members at Lear Corp.'s seating factory in Hammond, Ind., have overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract that will phase out a two-tier wage system adopted there several years ago.

Lear Vote on Sunday Could End Two-Tier Wages

September 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Workers at Lear Corp.'s seating plant in Hammond, Ind., are expected to ratify a pact on Sunday that would phase out the facility's two-tier wage structure.

Workers Strike Lear Seating Plant

September 15, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Several hundred Lear Corp. workers walked off the job on Saturday in Hammond, Ind., to protest low wages, the Associated Press reports.

What "Detroit" Means

September 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

“Detroit” is really the people in the industry with skills, talent, and commitment to driving forward great products in spite of what obstacles may stand in their way.

EU Trade Group: China Won’t Force Suppliers to Partner

September 02, 2014 at 1:13 PM

China has no intention of requiring auto suppliers in China to find Chinese partners for their independent operations, says the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.

Labor Day 2014

September 01, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Today is Labor Day in the U.S.

Anti-UAW Faction Aims to Form Union at VW Plant

August 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

A group of employees at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., hopes to create its own alternative to the United Auto Workers union, Reuters reports.

U.S. Labor Day Travel Likely to Reach Six-Year High

August 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles during the Labor Day weekend Aug. 28-Sept. 1.

UAW Edges Toward Recognition at VW Plant

August 19, 2014 at 6:54 AM

The United Auto Workers union claims the local it created five weeks ago for employees at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., has already signed up at least 670 of the facility's 1,500 hourly workers, Reuters reports.

Report: Unions Force VW to Dump Cost-Cutting Consultants

August 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Union leaders have forced Volkswagen AG to dismiss McKinsey & Co., the consultants hired to help it cut costs for the VW brand €5 billion by 2018, Reuters reports.

Report: Unions Force VW to Dump Cost-Cutting Consultants

August 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Union leaders have forced Volkswagen AG to dismiss McKinsey & Co., the consultants hired to help it cut costs for the VW brand €5 billion by 2018, Reuters reports.

EU Finalizes Free-Trade Pact Terms with Canada

August 07, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Canada and the European Union have finalized the language for a free-trade agreement that would slash tariffs between the two markets 98%, BBC News reports.

U.S. Added 209,000 Jobs in July

August 04, 2014 at 12:08 AM

The American economy added 209,000 jobs last month, marking the sixth consecutive month of plus-200,000 positions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Magna and the Art of Advanced Manufacturing

July 31, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This automotive supplier is driving the auto industry forward with its engineering and, especially, manufacturing skills. Here’s a look.

GM Korea Reaches Tentative Wage Pact

July 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

On Wednesday GM Korea's unionized hourly workers will begin voting on a proposed contract that would avert a strike at GM's four assembly and parts plants in South Korea.

S. African Union Accepts Deal, Ends Strike

July 28, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa have agreed to a three-year labor contract offer and are expected to return to work on Tuesday.

Union Offers Two-Year Deal to End South African Strike

July 18, 2014 at 2:40 AM

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa is offering a two-year deal to end strikes that have idled the country's auto industry.

Nissan Idles South African Plant as Strikes Continue

July 16, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Nissan Motor Co. has joined BMW, General Motors, Ford and Toyota in suspending production in South Africa because of a parts shortage caused by striking workers at their suppliers.

VW Targets €5 Billion Annual Cost Savings by 2017

July 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

CEO Martin Winterkorn says Volkswagen AG must offset its rising labor costs by improving productivity, cutting purchasing expenses and sharing more components among its 12 brands.

Ford, Toyota Halt Car Production in South Africa

July 15, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Ford and Toyota have joined BMW and General Motors in suspending some assembly operations in South Africa because strikes have disrupted parts supplies.

UPDATE: UAW Forms Local for VW Employees in Chattanooga

July 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM

The United Auto Workers union has chartered Local 42 in Chattanooga, Tenn., to represent workers at Volkswagen AG's car plant there.

GM Workers in Korea Vote to Strike

July 09, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Union workers at GM Korea have voted to strike for the fourth consecutive year, this time over demands that General Motors Co. modify its 60-year-old wage structure, Reuters reports.

Renault’s New Trafic & the Eiffel Tower

June 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

As production costs around the world vary, global OEMs are shifting where they build products, often at the expense of long-time production sites where, essentially due to labor costs, things have become non-competitive.

Five-Month Platinum Strike Ends in South Africa

June 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Miners in South Africa have accepted a new wage offer to end a strike that affected 45% of the world's supply of platinum, a key ingredient in automotive catalytic converters.

Opel, Union Reach Accord on Bochum Plant Closure

June 17, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Adam Opel AG says it has reached "binding and reliable" agreements with labor union IG Metall about severance payments to workers at its factory in Bochum, Germany.

Auto Sector Added 5,000 Jobs in May

June 09, 2014 at 3:17 AM

The U.S. auto industry grew by 5,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

UAW Elects Williams as New President

June 04, 2014 at 7:13 PM

The United Auto Workers union has confirmed Dennis Williams as its new president.

Report: BMW to Cut Labor Costs in Germany

June 02, 2014 at 11:21 PM

BMW AG intends to reduce its labor costs in Germany by €100 million per year beginning in 2015, according to the Muenchner Merkur.

GM Describes “Most Critical” Labor Talks in Korea

May 30, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Sergio Rocha, CEO of GM Korea, tells Bloomberg News this year's labor talks in South Korea will be the company's most critical negotiations ever.

New Mexico Opens Rail Hub with Mexico

May 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Union Pacific Railroad has opened a $400 million, 2,200-acre railroad hub in Santa Teresa, N.M., that will handle intermodal freight between Mexico and the U.S.

Hyundai-Kia Deemed America’s “Greenest” Carmaker

May 28, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Hyundai and its Kia affiliate have outscored Honda to become America's lowest emitter of global warming gases, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Union of Concerned Scientists.

2014 Dodge Durango Limited AWD

May 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM

The thing that strikes me foremost about the Durango is that it is a solid vehicle.

GM Nominates UAW Executive to Board

April 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

General Motors Co. has nominated Joe Ashton, a vice president with the United Auto Workers union, to join its board of directors in June.

UAW Drops Legal Challenge to VW Vote in Tennessee

April 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

The United Auto Workers union has abandoned its objection to the vote it lost in February to organize Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Carmakers Argue to Keep EU’s Aging Fuel Economy Test

April 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

European carmakers want the European Union to delay plans to replace its 44-year-old fuel economy rating test with a tougher one in 2017, the Financial Times reports.

Renault Has Cut 2,500 Jobs Under Union Pact

April 07, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Renault SA says it has shed about 2,500 jobs over the past 12 months under an agreement with three French unions.

Canada’s Unifor Union Delays Vote At Toyota Plants

April 04, 2014 at 2:48 AM

Unifor, Canada's biggest private-sector union, says it will delay next week's unionization vote at three Toyota Motor Corp. plants in Ontario, Reuters reports.

Toyota Workers in Canada to Vote on Union

April 01, 2014 at 2:23 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. workers in three assembly plants in Canada will vote next week on whether to be represented by Unifor.

Ralph Gilles Talks Cars: from the 200 to the Viper & Beyond

March 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Ralph Gilles is arguably the consummate “car guy.” That appellation is predicated on skills, talent and passion for all things automotive, and in his long career at Chrysler—he started there in 1992—he has demonstrated all of those characteristics with panache.

Most Toyota Workers in India Refuse to Return

March 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. lifted its eight-day lockout of union workers in India on Monday, but most employees have refused to go back to work, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Fields: U.S. Sanctions Won’t Hurt Ford in Russia

March 24, 2014 at 12:34 AM

New U.S. and European Union economic sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula present no immediate threat Ford Motor Co. operations in Russia, says COO Mark Fields.

NLRB Grants Anti-Union Groups Status in VW Union Dispute

March 13, 2014 at 2:29 AM

The National Labor Relations Board has recognized two groups of anti-union workers as lawful parties to an appeal by the United Auto Workers union of a vote that rejected UAW representation at Volkswagen AG's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

U.S. Economy Adds 175,000 Jobs

March 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Non-farm jobs in the U.S. grew by 175,000 from January to February, but the separately calculated unemployment rate rose from 6.6% to 6.7%, the U.S. Dept. of Labor reports.

UAW Wants Federal Review of VW Plant Vote

February 24, 2014 at 12:56 AM

The United Auto Workers union has asked the National Labor Relations Board to determine whether a new vote to recognize the UAW should be held at Volkswagen AG's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

VW’s Labor Chief Threatens to Block New Investment in the South

February 19, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Bernd Osterloh, a Volkswagen AG board member and the company's top labor representative, says he may try to thwart any new investment in America's southern states after workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected the United Auto Workers union.

Anti-Union Group Vows to Fight UAW Elsewhere in South

February 18, 2014 at 1:37 AM

The Center for Work Freedom a group that helped thwart the United Auto Workers union's attempt to organize Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. says it will attempt to do the same elsewhere in the South.

UAW Looks for Plan B After Failing Vote at VW Plant

February 17, 2014 at 2:59 AM

The United Auto Workers union vows not to give up after workers at Volkswagen AG's 3-year-old factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted down UAW representation 712 to 626 late Friday.

UAW Regroups After Failing to Organize VW Plant

February 17, 2014 at 12:44 AM

The United Auto Workers union says it may alter its tactics, but it vows not to give up after workers at Volkswagen AG's three-year-old factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted down UAW representation 712 to 626.

Fiat Tells Unions It Can’t Afford Raises

February 06, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has told its unions in Italy that the weak European car market makes it impossible to grant pay hikes in this year's labor talks.

Toyota Workers to Ask for First Raise in 5 Years

January 31, 2014 at 12:26 AM

The labor union representing Toyota Motor Corp. workers in Japan says it will ask the carmaker to raise monthly wages for its production workers by an average 4,000 yen ($39) and give them an annual bonus equal to 6.8 times their monthly pay, Bloomberg News reports.

Fed Reserve to Trim Bond Purchases Again

January 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

The U.S. Federal Reserve says it will continue to reduce its huge economic stimulus program in February because it detects continuing though uneven improvement in the country's economic and labor market conditions.

Not Just Cars, But What Goes In Them

January 29, 2014 at 5:12 AM

One of the challenges that is facing global automakers is that legislation in various parts of the globe requiring reduced CO2 emissions (e.g., the European Union) or notably increased fuel economy (e.g., the U.S.) means that they have to do things that they haven’t necessarily done in the past.

NLRB Advises Dismissing Charges Against UAW, VW

January 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

A dozen workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., say they will appeal a recommendation to reject their complaints of coercion by the VW and the United Auto Workers union.

EU to Sanction Germany on Banned Refrigerant

January 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

The European Union is preparing to begin proceedings against Germany for allowing Daimler AG to continue using a banned air-conditioning refrigerant, according to Handelsblatt.

VW’s Labor Chief: Company’s U.S. Business Is a “Disaster”

January 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Bernd Osterloh, chairman of Volkswagen AG's global works council, tells reporters in Germany that the company's skimpy product lineup and lack of marketing prowess in the American market is a "disaster."

Union: PSA May Cut More Jobs in France

January 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen, which last year announced it will eliminate 11,200 jobs in Europe by 2015, is pondering a plan to trim another 1,500 positions in France, according to an official of the CGT union.

Congress Moves to Okay Fast-Track Trade Talks

January 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

U.S. Congressional trade leaders have introduced legislation that would allow President Barack Obama to accelerate negotiations for separate free-trade pacts with the European Union and 11 Asia-Pacific countries

Canadian Union Takes a Run at Toyota

January 09, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Unifor, Canada's largest automotive union, is getting ready to hold an organization vote at Toyota Motor Corp. auto assembly plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, this spring.

Canadian Union Readies Vote at Two Toyota Plants

January 09, 2014 at 1:44 AM

Canada's largest automotive union, Unifor, says it is preparing to hold an organization vote at Toyota Motor Corp. plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, this spring.

Police Raid Frees Hostages at Goodyear Plant

January 07, 2014 at 10:58 PM

French police officers retrieved two Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. executives on Tuesday, a day after they were taken hostage by militant CGT union members.

French Militants Hold Goodyear Managers Hostage

January 06, 2014 at 6:01 PM

The director and the head of human resources for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s unit in France have been taken hostage by the country's militant CGT union.

CGT Militants Hold Goodyear Managers Hostage

January 06, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The director and the head of human resources for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. unit in France have been taken hostage by the country's CGT union.

Fiat Strikes Deal to Buy 100% of Chrysler

January 03, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Fiat SpA has agreed on a $4.35 billion deal to acquire the 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC it doesn't already own.

Fiat to Buy Remaining Stake in Chrysler for $4.35 Billion

January 02, 2014 at 4:12 AM

Fiat SpA, which owns 58.5% of Chrysler Group LLC, has agreed to spend $4.35 billion to acquire the remaining 41.5% stake held by a United Auto Workers union healthcare trust.

Report: Fiat Revives Talks to Buy Remaining Chrysler Stake

December 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Fiat SpA, which owns 58.5% of Chrysler Group LLC, has resumed talks about buying the remaining 41.5% of the company held by a United Auto Workers union healthcare trust, according to Bloomberg News.

Europe’s Truck Sales Continue to Grow

December 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Registrations of new commercial trucks and buses across Europe grew 8% to 125,900 vehicles in November, including a 9% increase to 152,400 units in the European Union, according to industry group ACEA.

UAW Aims to Dump Two-Tier Wages

December 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM

A United Auto Workers union tells reporters that the UAW "hates" the two-tier wage system it agreed to in 2007 and intends to eventually end it.

UAW Aims to End Two-Tier Wages

December 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The United Auto Workers union board "hates" the two-tier wage system it agreed to in 2007 and intends to eventually abolish it, a high-level union official tells reporters.

UAW Ponders First Dues Increase in 46 Years

December 02, 2013 at 11:36 PM

The United Auto Workers union may increase its membership dues for the first time since 1967, according to Reuters, which cites union sources.

EU Agrees to Ease CO2 Rules

November 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The European Union has agreed to give carmakers an additional year to meet its fleet average for carbon dioxide emission limit of 95 grams per kilometer.

Opel, Union Close to Deal on Bochum Severance

November 19, 2013 at 3:57 AM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit has agreed with IG Metall union representatives at its assembly plant in Bochum, Germany, on a tentative plan to preserve about 900 jobs for workers from the factory.

Hyundai Shrugs Off High Domestic Production Costs

November 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. insists it will maintain its production base in South Korea, even though its factories there have the company's highest labor costs, Reuters reports.

UAW Nominates Moderate to Head Union

November 07, 2013 at 11:16 PM

The United Auto Workers union leadership has endorsed secretary-treasurer Dennis Williams to succeed President Bob King, 67, who will step down in June.

Ford’s Top Design, Labor, Manufacturing Chiefs to Retire

November 05, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Ford Motor Co. says a trio of its senior executives will retire at the end of the year, signaling a major shift in the leadership of the company's design, production and labor operations for 2014.

Ford: Skilled Trades Training

November 02, 2013 at 12:00 PM

When Ford Motor Co. added several thousand skilled tradesmen over the past year, it had to hire most of them away from other carmakers.

Plug-In Electrics Posting Big Sales Gains in U.S.

October 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Wider choices, new models from mainstream automakers, more charging options, lower prices and sales incentives are helping boost demand for plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles in the U.S., notes the Union of Concerned Scientists.

PSA, Unions Near Deal to Cut Costs

October 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen is close to a critical agreement with its unions to reduce operating costs in France, Bloomberg News reports.

Trust That Holds Chrysler Stake Faces $3 Billion Funding Shortfall

October 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM

The United Auto Workers union trust that owns 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC has about $3 billion in unfunded retiree benefit obligations, Bloomberg News reports.

Trust That Owns 41.5% of Chrysler Faces Funding Shortfall

October 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

The United Auto Workers union trust that holds a 41.5% stake in Chrysler Group LLC faces about €2.2 billion in unfunded retiree benefit obligations, Bloomberg News reports.

Fiat Union Will Ask UAW to End Chrysler Merger Impasse

October 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Leaders from Italy's Fim Cisi labor union say they will urge United Auto Workers President Bob King and other union officials to help end the deadlock that has blocked Fiat SpA from merging with Chrysler Group LLC.

Fiat Union Will Ask For End Chrysler Merger Impasse

October 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Leaders from Italy's Fim Cisi labor union say they will travel to Detroit next week to urge United Auto Workers union to help end the deadlock that has blocked Fiat SpA from acquiring Chrysler Group LLC.

Trust Values Its Stake in Chrysler at €2.7 Billion

October 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

The union retiree healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC estimates that its stake surged in value by one-third to $3.6 billion (€2.7 billion) between the beginning of 2011 and end of 2012, Reuters reports.

Trust Values Its 41.5% Stake in Chrysler at $3.6 Billion

October 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

The union retiree healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC estimates that its stake surged in value by one-third to $3.6 billion (€2.7 billion) from 2011 to 2012, Reuters reports.

Cars, Coats & China

October 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Labor Day scheduling and shutdown government offices notwithstanding, the U.S. market continues to have strength and appeal.

EU Asks WTO to Rule on Russian Recycling Fee

October 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

The European Union has joined Japan in petitioning the World Trade Organization to decide the legality of Russia's "recycling" fee on imported cars.

Second VW Vehicle Program at Chattanooga Linked to Works Council?

October 07, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Volkswagen AG's decision to add a second model at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., could depend upon establishing a European-style works council there, says the company's top labor executive.

EU Delays Carbon Dioxide Standard Again

October 07, 2013 at 12:56 AM

The European Union has agreed to postpone a plan to require the region's new-vehicle fleet to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 95 g/km by 2020 from about 132 g/km in 2012.

Labor Deal Ends Latest Auto Strike in South Africa

October 07, 2013 at 12:40 AM

A month-old strike among auto parts suppliers in South Africa is over.

Spain’s Jobless Rate Climbs Again

October 02, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Spain's roll of unemployed workers grew by 25,600 people in September, thus ending six months of slow improvement, according to the country's Labor Ministry.

U.S. Car Sales Fall 4%

October 01, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Car and light-truck sales in the U.S. declined to 1.14 million in September from 1.19 million a year earlier, partly because Labor Day weekend sales through Sept. 2 were counted in August.

VW Workers in Tennessee Launch Anti-Union Drive

September 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

A group of workers at Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., has begun a petition drive to oppose an effort by the United Auto Workers union to represent them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

VW Workers in Tennessee Launch Anti-Union Drive

September 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

A group of workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., has begun a petition drive to oppose an effort by the United Auto Workers union to represent them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Trust Hires Deutsche Bank to Help with Chrysler Share Sale

September 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM

The United Auto Workers union healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC has retained Deutsche Bank to offer counsel about selling its stake in the company, according to Reuters, which cites unnamed sources.

Chrysler IPO Filing Triggers Showdown between Fiat, Union Trust

September 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

This week's filing for a possible initial public offering by Chrysler Group LLC has triggered a final showdown between Fiat SpA and the United Auto Workers union healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of the carmaker.

Fiat, Healthcare Trust Begin Showdown Over Chrysler

September 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

This week's filing for a possible initial public offering by Chrysler Group LLC has triggered a final showdown between Fiat SpA and the United Auto Workers union healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of the carmaker.

VW Won’t Decide on UAW Until 2014

September 19, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Volkswagen AG has told workers at its Passat plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that it isn't likely to decide whether to recognize the United Auto Workers union as their representative until next year, Reuters reports.

Marchionne Says Chrysler Could Begin IPO Process This Week

September 17, 2013 at 2:18 AM

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne tells the Financial Times that Chrysler Group LLC intends to file documents this week that would permit an initial public offering by the union retiree healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of the company.

Chrysler May File IPO Papers This Week

September 17, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne tells the Financial Times that Chrysler Group LLC intends to file documents this week that clear the way for an initial public offering by the union retiree healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of the company.

CAMI Workers Approve 4-Year Pact with GM

September 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Workers at General Motors Co.'s CAMI auto plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, have overwhelmingly approved a four-year labor contract.

Kia, Union Reach Agreement

September 13, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Union workers at Kia Motors Corp. have approved a new pay agreement, thus ending a three-week strike that cost the company 23,300 units of delayed output, Bloomberg News reports.

UAW Says VW Workers in Tennessee Favors Union

September 12, 2013 at 12:47 AM

More than half the hourly workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have signed cards indicating they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union, according to the Associated Press.

UAW Says VW Workers in Chattanooga Favor Union

September 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

A majority of hourly workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have signed cards indicating they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union, the Associates Press reports.

PSA to Ask French Unions for More Job Cuts

September 11, 2013 at 1:10 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Philippe Varin says the company will propose another round jobs reductions in France to help align capacity with sales.

Hyundai Workers in Korea Ratify New Contract

September 09, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Workers at Hyundai Motor Co.'s factories in South Korea have approved the tentative contract that their union reached with the company late last week.

Korea’s Hyundai Workers Ratify New Contract

September 09, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Workers at Hyundai Motor Co.'s factories in South Korea have approved the tentative contract that their union reached with the company late last week.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.3%

September 08, 2013 at 11:51 PM

The American economy added 169,000 jobs in August, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Workers, Carmakers in S. Africa Settle Three-Week Strike

September 08, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are scheduled to return to work today at auto plants in the country after accepting a sweetened wage offer from carmakers.

Fiat Faces New Delay in Chrysler Stock Price Ruling

September 05, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Fiat SpA has been pressing a Delaware court to hold a trial next May on the value of Chrysler Group LLC stock it wants to buy from a United Auto Workers union healthcare trust.

Fiat Faces New Delay in Chrysler Stock Price Lawsuit

September 05, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Fiat SpA has been pressing a Delaware court to hold a trial next May on the value of Chrysler Group LLC stock it wants to buy from a United Auto Workers union healthcare trust.

Fiat Will Spend $1.3 Billion to Prepare Maserati SUV Production

September 05, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Fiat SpA tells union leaders in Italy that it will invest almost €1 billion to prepare its factory in Mirafiori, Italy, to make the company's upcoming Maserati SUV and other models.

Labor Day

September 02, 2013 at 4:54 AM

Labor Day has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1882.

France Lifts Refrigerant Ban on Mercedes Cars

August 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

A high court in France has overturned the country's ban on Mercedes-Benz vehicles that continue to use an air-conditioning refrigerant banned by the European Union since January.

French Court Strikes Down Mercedes Ban

August 28, 2013 at 2:55 AM

France's highest administrative court has overturned the country's three-month-old ban on the sale of new Mercedes-Benz cars that don't use an environmentally friendly refrigerant mandated by the EU.

South African Auto Strikes Enter Fourth Day

August 22, 2013 at 5:36 PM

A walkout on Monday by hourly workers at the South African plants of six carmakers, including Ford, General Motors and Toyota, continues to idle the country's auto industry.

Strikes Continue at South Africa Car Plants

August 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

A walkout on Monday by hourly workers at the South African plants of six carmakers, including Daimler, General Motors and Toyota, continues to idle the country's auto industry.

Hyundai Says One-Day Strike Cost $39 Million

August 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. claims a four-hour strike earlier today by hourly workers in South Korea cost the company $39 million and 2,100 units of lost input, Bloomberg New reports.

GM to Keep Australia Plant Open After Labor Concessions

August 19, 2013 at 12:15 AM

General Motors Co.'s Holden unit will continue vehicle production at its factory near Adelaide, Australia, after workers there agreed to a three-year wage freeze, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Hyundai, Kia Workers Vote to Strike in Korea

August 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Hourly workers at Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. in South Korea have voted to authorize strikes at both companies as early as Aug. 20.

Korea's Hyundai, Kia Workers Vote to Strike

August 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Hourly workers at Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. in South Korea have voted to authorize strikes at both companies as early as Aug. 20.

GM May Rely Less on Production in Korea

August 12, 2013 at 12:15 AM

General Motors Co. is gradually scaling back its operations in South Korea because of combative unions and rising labor costs, according to Reuters, which cites unidentified sources.

Exide Probed by EU for Alleged Anti-Trust Violations

August 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Exide Technologies Inc. has disclosed that the European Union is investigating allegations that the battery maker's Spain unit was involved in anticompetitive behavior related to the purchasing practices of several unidentified European lead recyclers.

German Agency Latest to Declare “Green” Refrigerant Safe

August 09, 2013 at 2:19 AM

The new European Union-mandated refrigerant HFO-1234yf increases safety risks, but not enough to pose an outright danger to motorists, according to Reuters.

CAW Union Chief Lewenza to Retire

August 08, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Ken Lewenza is stepping down as president of the Canadian Auto Workers union in September after five years in the job.

UAW Trust Raises $171 Million from GM Warrant Sale

August 07, 2013 at 3:25 PM

The United Auto Workers union's retiree health care has garnered $171 million from the previously announced sale of its entire holding of 45.4 million General Motors Co. stock warrants.

Hyundai, Kia Labor Talks Stall

August 06, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Union negotiators have walked out of contract talks with Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp., complaining that the companies aren't serious about reaching a new one-year agreement.

UAW Trust to Sell GM Warrants

August 05, 2013 at 10:48 PM

The United Auto Workers union's retiree healthcare trust plans to sell its entire holding of 45.5 million General Motors Co. stock warrants on Tuesday, according to the company.

U.S. Jobless Rate Drops to 7.4%

August 04, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Employers added 162,000 new jobs in the U.S. last month, the smallest increase since March, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Fiat Dispute About Chrysler Stock Price Will Go to Trial

July 31, 2013 at 4:41 AM

A Delaware Chancery Court judge has agreed with Fiat SpA on two key points of its dispute with a union-run retiree healthcare trust about the value of Chrysler shares the trust owns.

Court Sends Fiat Dispute About Chrysler Stock Price to Trial

July 31, 2013 at 4:36 AM

A Delaware Chancery Court judge has agreed with Fiat SpA on two key points of its dispute with a union-run retiree healthcare trust about the value of Chrysler shares the trust owns.

GM Korea Workers Ratify New Contract

July 29, 2013 at 3:34 AM

Hourly employees of General Motors Co.'s South Korean unit have approved a new one-year accord by a narrow margin after two weeks of mini-strikes.

Rolls-Royce on a Roll

July 24, 2013 at 4:58 AM

Rolls-Royce announced that given record sales during the last three years, the reception of its latest vehicle, the Wraith, and the likelihood that it will have another record year in 2013, it is adding more than 100 new jobs, most of which will be at its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Goodwood. 100 jobs?

Toyota Opens Global Center to Train Mechanics

July 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Toyota Motor Co. has completed a new $90 million training facility in in Tajimi, Japan, to improve the skills of dealership mechanics and other after-sales service personnel worldwide.

PSA Aims to End Losses at French Plants by 2016

July 22, 2013 at 1:36 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen has set a goal of breaking even at its assembly plants in France in 2016 by winning labor concession in its current contract talks.

U.S. to Join EU Trade Case About Russia’s Auto Fees

July 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Trade Representative Michael Froman says the U.S. will join a complaint the European Union filed earlier this month with the World Trade Organization that challenges Russian fees on imported vehicles.

French Ban on Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Could Expand Across Europe

July 17, 2013 at 11:56 PM

France's refusal to register some of Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz vehicles that use an air-conditioning refrigerant banned by the European Union may spread to other members of the 28-nation EU.

GM Korea Hit by Intermittent Labor Walkouts

July 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Workers at General Motors Co.'s four assembly plants in South Korea have been staging daily mini-strikes of three to 10 hours over the past week to protest the company's unwillingness to grant their contract demands.

EU Fines Yazaki, Furakawa, Leoni for Wiring Harness Cartel

July 10, 2013 at 11:57 PM

European Union anti-trust regulators have fined three auto suppliers for conspiring to fix the prices and allocation of wiring harnesses they sold in Europe to Honda, Nissan, Renault and Toyota between 2000 and 2009.

EU Fines Wiring Harness Makers $180 Million for Rigging Bids

July 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM

European Union anti-trust regulators have fined three auto suppliers for conspiring to fix the prices and allocation of wiring harnesses they sold in Europe to Honda, Nissan, Renault and Toyota between 2000 and 2009.

Contractor Strike Could Hurt Jaguar Land Rover Output

July 10, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Workers at logistics company DHL International GmbH who work at Jaguar Land Rover's three plants in England have authorized a strike over a contract dispute about pay and working conditions.

Fiat Threatens to Move Some Production Out of Italy

July 09, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Fiat SpA has frozen planned investments in at two assembly plants in Italy, citing an unfavorable labor ruling last week from the country's Constitutional Court.

Fiat Threatens to Move New Alfa Romeo Production Out of Italy

July 09, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Fiat SpA has frozen planned investments in at two assembly plants in Italy, citing an unfavorable labor ruling last week from the country's Constitutional Court.

France Blocks Mercedes Cars that Use Banned Refrigerant

July 09, 2013 at 12:33 AM

The French government is refusing to register some of Daimler AG's passenger cars because their air-conditioning systems use R134a, a refrigerant banned by the European Union since January.

Pace of U.S. Job Creation Accelerates

July 08, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Employers added 195,000 jobs in the U.S. last month, as hiring grew in most sectors of the economy, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Germany Forces Delay in Europe’s Vote on CO2 Rules

June 27, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Germany has persuaded the European Union to postpone a vote scheduled for today to require carmakers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their combined fleet to 95 g/km by 2020.

Ford, UAW Launch Pilot Healthcare Program

June 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Ford Motor Co., the United Auto Workers and the union's retiree healthcare trust will begin a two-year trial healthcare project on July 1 for active hourly workers and retirees in Michigan.

Nissan Beefs Up Safety Training After U.S. Worker Deaths

June 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Nissan Motor Co. is tightening safety procedures at its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., after three people died in workplace accidents there over the past 18 months, Automotive News reports.

UAW Embraces German Works Council Model

June 24, 2013 at 3:15 AM

The United Auto Workers union has said it wants to adopt the German works council labor system, which emphasizes employee participation in a company's operations, at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

GM: Labor Cost Cuts Crucial to Survival of Australia Plants

June 19, 2013 at 4:48 AM

General Motors Co.'s Holden unit has opened talks with its Australian union with a warning that deep reductions in labor costs are needed to keep the company's factories in the country from closing.

Mercedes Brushes Up Sales Skills in China

June 19, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz Cars unit has established a unit based at its Stuttgart headquarters that will coordinate marketing, sales and training for the brand's sales group in China.

Europe Proposes Automatic Crash Reporting for Light Vehicles

June 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM

The European Commission proposes that by October 2015 all light-duty vehicles sold in the European Union must be equipped with a system that automatically reports their whereabouts to emergency services in the event of a serious crash.

Do the Math: VW in Tennessee

June 12, 2013 at 5:21 AM

There are some people who still question the economic relevance of the automobile manufacturing industry to the U.S.

Fed Strikes Slightly More Positive Note on U.S. Economy

June 06, 2013 at 12:48 AM

The American economy continued to gradually expand from early April through May, thanks to gains in home construction and manufacturing, according to the Federal Reserve's Beige Book business survey.

Treasury, Union Trust to Sell 50 Million GM Shares

June 05, 2013 at 11:17 PM

The U.S. Dept. of the Treasury and a union retiree healthcare trust plan to sell 30 million shares and 20 million shares in General Motors Co., respectively, this week.

VW to Boost Wages 5.7% in Germany

May 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Volkswagen AG has agreed with its union to hike wages of its hourly workers in Germany by 5.7% in two steps over 20 months.

Toyota’s New Site Selection Criteria Favor Japan, U.S.

May 28, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. will focus on locations with a high concentration of suppliers and political and labor stability when choosing future factory sites, The Nikkei reports.

Michelin Seeks New Labor Deals in France

May 20, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Michelin & Cie plans to reach new labor agreements with French unions, allowing the tiremaker to operate its plants more flexibly and better adapt to changing demand.

PSA Settles with CGT Union to End Four-Month Strike

May 20, 2013 at 3:48 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen reached an agreement with the militant CGT union under which striking employees will return to work at the company's assembly plant in Aulnay, France.

EU Probes Spain’s Aid to Ford

May 17, 2013 at 6:26 AM

European Union anti-trust watchdogs have opened an investigation into whether the Spanish government's €25 million grant ($32 million) to Ford Motor Co. violated anti-competition rules.

Subaru Forester First to Ace IIHS “Small Offset” Crash Test

May 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Posted: May 16, 2013 at 1:23 amThe 2014 Subaru Forester crossover is the first vehicle to earn a top score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new “small overlap” crash test.IIHS added the test, which is not required by federal safety standards, last year to determine what happens when the left front 25% of a vehicle strikes a rigid wall at 40 mph.The test, which is considerably harsher than the full-width frontal crash used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is intended to simulate the impact of hitting a pole or the edge of an oncoming car.

Making It in America

May 14, 2013 at 5:40 AM

Last week at an Applied Materials plant in Austin, TX, President Barack Obama told the assembled, “After shedding jobs for a decade, our manufacturers have added now about 500,000 new manufacturing jobs over the past three years.  That’s good news.  Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan, and Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico.  And after placing plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home.  This year, Apple started making Macs in America again.  Outside the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, where Ford invested $555-million, in part, to capacitize the plant to build the Ford Fusion, which is also being built in the company’s plant in Mexico. “So there are some good trend lines there, but we've got to do everything we can to strengthen that trend.  We've got to do everything we can to help the kind of high-tech manufacturing that you're doing right here at Applied.  And we want to make sure it takes root here in Austin and all across the country.  And that means, first of all, creating more centers of high-tech manufacturing. “Last year, we launched our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio, to develop new technologies and equip workers with the skills required to master 3-D printing techniques.  And in my State of the Union address, I called on Congress to set up 15 more of these manufacturing hubs all across America, and I said that my administration was going to go ahead and move forward with three new hubs on our own, even without congressional action. “Well, today, we're launching a competition for those hubs.  We are looking for businesses and universities that are willing to partner together to help their region -- help turn their region into global centers of high-tech jobs.  Because we want the next revolution in manufacturing to be ‘Made in America.’  We’re going to do that.” Regardless of who you voted, for, we can undoubtedly all agree that making things in America is absolutely essential for the well being of our economy.

GM to Discuss Labor Problems with Korea’s President

May 07, 2013 at 11:20 PM

CEO Dan Akerson plans to talk about General Motors Co.'s troubled labor relations in South Korea when he meets with President Park Geun-hyein the U.S. this week, according to Reuters.

U.S. Unemployment at Four-Year Low

May 06, 2013 at 2:43 AM

America's unemployment rate fell from 7.6% in March to 7.5% in April the lowest level since December 2008, according to the U.S.

U.S. Jobless Rate Hits Four-Year Low of 7.5%

May 05, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Employers added 165,000 jobs in the U.S. last month, the Dept. of Labor reports.

BMW Earnings Slip 3% to $1.7 Billion

May 03, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Posted: May 2, 2013 at 11:58 pmBMW AG’s net profit fell to €1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in the January-March period of 2013 from €1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) a year earlier.The company attributes the quarterly decline to heavy spending on new technologies, higher labor costs and weak European vehicle demand.Revenue shrank 4% to €17.5 billion ($22.9 billion) in the first quarter despite a 5% increase in worldwide sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles to 448,200 units.

Some Teens Think Pot Helps Driving Skills

April 29, 2013 at 3:05 AM

A poll of teenage drivers in the U.S. finds that one-third of those who drive under the influence of marijuana believe the drug improves their skills.

Court Clears PSA’s Restructuring Plan

April 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

A French court has dismissed a union lawsuit that sought to bar PSA Peugeot Citroen's restructuring.

Fiat Unlikely to Get Chrysler Stake at Low Price

April 26, 2013 at 3:48 AM

A Delaware state judge says he is "leaning" toward the claim of a union-run retiree healthcare trust that its Chrysler Group LLC shares are worth considerably more than Fiat SpA is offering for them.

Study: Many Teens Think Smoking Pot Improves Their Driving

April 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM

A poll of teenage drivers in the U.S. finds that one-third of those who drive under the influence of marijuana believe the drug improves their skills.

Workers Strike at Brazil Plant

April 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Hourly employees have walked off the job at General Motors Co.'s Gravatai manufacturing complex in southern Brazil, according to local news reports.

SAE Team Affirms Safety of “Green” Refrigerant

April 24, 2013 at 1:38 AM

An SAE International team says the European Union's newly mandated automotive refrigerant is safe and effective.

Fiat May Add Second Shift at Maserati Plant

April 22, 2013 at 3:13 AM

Fiat SpA has told its unions that it plans to add a second shift next week at the factory in Turin, Italy, that builds Maserati cars, according to Reuters, which cites unidentified sources.

Steel Strikes Back: Again

April 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

The steel industry is working on new material grades and processes in order to keep its position as the material of choice in the auto industry.

PSA Might Close Aulnay Factory This Year

April 19, 2013 at 1:03 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen is considering a plan to shutter its assembly plant in Aulnay, France, as early as September because strikes continue to disrupt work there, according to Bloomberg News, which cites unidentified sources.

Labor Dispute Crimps Hyundai Output

April 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM

About 45,000 workers at Hyundai Motor Co.'s South Korean plants have refused to work overtime on weekends for the past six weeks, demanding higher pay for those shifts.

Labor Dispute Limits Hyundai Output

April 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

About 45,000 workers at Hyundai Motor Co.'s South Korean plants have refused to work overtime on weekends for the past six weeks, demanding higher pay for those shifts.

UAW Sets Sights on Mercedes Alabama Plant

April 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

The United Auto Workers union, which is aggressively seeking to organize the U.S. auto factories of foreign carmakers, has added Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Vance, Ala., to its list of targets.

Schaeffler to Shed As Many As 750 Jobs in Germany

April 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Precision bearings maker Schaeffler AG plans to dismiss as many as half the 1,500 workers at its factory in Wuppertal, Germany, according to the IG Metall union.

Auto Groups Favor U.S.-Europe Free Trade Talks

April 12, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Carmakers on both sides of the Atlantic are telling their governments that they endorse free trade negotiations between the European Union and the U.S. that are set to begin in June.

GM Workers in Spain Agree to Wage Freeze

April 09, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Hourly employees at Opel's assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain, have ratified a new five-year labor pact with the General Motors Co. unit by a two-thirds margin.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Dips to 7.6% Despite Weak Job Growth

April 07, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Employers added a scant 88,000 U.S. jobs in March, the smallest one-month increase in more than a year, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Right to Work Group Enters Labor Fray at VW’s U.S. Plant

April 07, 2013 at 9:29 PM

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is offering free legal advice to hourly workers at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., after the company said it is in talks about unionizing the factory.

VW Will Add 50,000 Jobs in U.S., Emerging Markets by 2018

April 03, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Volkswagen AG plans to expand its global workforce to 600,000 employees by 2018 from 550,000 now, the company's top labor official tells German business daily Handelsblatt.

VW Will Add 50,000 Jobs by 2018

April 03, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Volkswagen AG plans to expand its global workforce to 600,000 employees by 2018 from 550,000 now, the company's top labor official tells German business daily Handelsblatt.

UAW Membership Increases for Third Straight Year

April 01, 2013 at 11:42 PM

The membership of the United Auto Workers union grew 0.5% to 382,500 people last year, according to the union's annual filing with the Dept. of Labor.

VW: Joining Union Is Up to Tennessee Workers

March 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Volkswagen AG has spoken favorably this month about cooperating with the United Auto Workers to unionize its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

German Labor Union Accepts Opel Deal

March 28, 2013 at 1:49 AM

The federal executive board of German union IG Metall has approved a restructuring agreement between General Motors Co.'s Opel unit and the works councils at the company's plants in Germany.

IG Metall Union Accepts Opel Deal

March 28, 2013 at 1:48 AM

The federal executive board of German union IG Metall has approved a restructuring agreement between General Motors Co.'s Opel unit and the works councils at the company's plants in Germany.

EU, Japan to Open Free-Trade Talks in April

March 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Japan and the European Union have agreed to begin negotiations next month about a free-trade pact that could take two or three years to come to fruition.

Japan, EU to Open Free-Trade Talks in April

March 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Japan and the European Union have agreed to begin negotiations next month about a free-trade pact that could take two or three years to come to fruition.

Opel Union Seeks to Reopen Talks at Doomed German Plant

March 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

The IG Metall union is pressing General Motors Co.'s Opel unit to restart contract talks at the assembly plant in Bochum, Germany, that the company says it will close late next year.

Commissioner Vows to Enforce Europe’s Refrigerant Rule

March 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

The European Union's industry commissioner insists that carmakers face immediate fines if they fail to comply with the new "green" refrigerant rule that took effect on Jan. 1, Reuters reports.

Ford Cost to Close Belgian Plant: $187,500 Per Worker!

March 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Ford Motor Co. says it will pay each of the 4,000 hourly workers at its assembly plant in Genk, Belgium, an average of $187,500 in severance in connection with the facility's closing by the end of next year.

German Union Urges VW’s U.S. Workers to Join UAW

March 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Germany's IG Metall union has encouraged hourly employees at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant to vote for representation by the United Auto Workers union, Reuters reports.

IG Metall Urges VW’s U.S. Workers to Join UAW

March 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Germany's IG Metall union has encouraged hourly employees at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant to vote for representation by the United Auto Workers union, Reuters reports.

PSA Wins Second Deal with French Unions

March 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

PSA Peugeot Citroen has reached an agreement with five of its six unions in France, which will allow the company to shed 11,200 employees 17% of its workforce in the country through buyouts.

VW May Invite UAW to Organize Tennessee Plant

March 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM

 Volkswagen AG has held discussions with the United Auto Workers union about setting up a Germany-style works council at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., which would entail unionizing the facility’s workforce.Human resources chief Horst Neumann tells reporters that VW may propose such a plant in April or May.

VW May Invite UAW to Organize Tennessee Plant

March 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Volkswagen AG has held discussions with the United Auto Workers union about setting up a Germany-style works council at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., which would entail unionizing the facility's workforce.

Three Opel Facilities in Germany Ratify Pact

March 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Workers at three Opel facilities in Germany have approved a labor accord that would freeze wages through 2015 and allow the company to shutter a plant in Bochum in 2016.

Renault Finalizes French Union Pact

March 13, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Renault SA has signed a three-year contract with its unions, as expected, after nearly nine months of bargaining.

CAW Opens Early Contracts at GM’s CAMI Plant

March 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

The Canadian Auto Workers union says it has started contract negotiations with General Motors Co. at the company's CAMI factory in Ingersoll, Ont.

Third French Union Backs Renault Contract

March 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

CFDT union, which represents 19% of Renault SA's hourly workers in France, has agreed to support a contract the carmaker has reached with two other unions.

Fiat Reaches Labor Deal in Italy

March 08, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Fiat SpA and its Italian unions have agreed on a one-year contract, which will be retroactive to February.

French Unions Agree to Renault Job Cuts

March 07, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Renault SA has reached an agreement with France's Force Ouvriere union that clears the way for the company to eliminate 7,500 jobs in the country by 2016 through attrition.

Renault Nears French Labor Pact

March 03, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Renault SA and its French unions could reach an agreement within days, the country's Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg tells national radio network Europe 1.

GM’s Opel Unit Reaches Labor Deal on Restructuring

February 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit and the IG Metall union reached a pact that will freeze wages through 2015 for the company's more than 20,000 hourly workers in Germany.

Opel Unions Trade Pay Freeze for Job Security

February 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit and the IG Metall union have reached a pact that will freeze wages through 2015 for the company's more than 20,000 hourly workers in Germany.

UAW Meets with Nissan Employees in Tennessee

February 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

The United Auto Workers union attracted several hundred workers to gatherings earlier this week in Smyrna, Tenn., to talk about unionizing Nissan Motor Co.'s assembly plant there.

GM Predicts Opel Labor Deal This Week

February 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit expects to reach a restructuring agreement with its German unions within the next few days, Reuters reports.

Regional Strike Idles Maruti Suzuki’s India Plants

February 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. says it will suspend work at its factories in India on Thursday, citing concern for worker safety.

Renault Presents Contract Offer to French Unions

February 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Renault SA says it is awaiting a response from its French unions to a contract proposal that includes boosting auto production in France by one-third and not closing any plants there.

UAW Profit-Sharing Bonuses Climb

February 15, 2013 at 2:20 AM

U.S. domestic carmakers will pay combined profit sharing of about $780 million this spring to the roughly 122,000 member of the United Auto Workers union they employ.

America to Open Trade Talks with European Union

February 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

The U.S. and the European Union have agreed to start negotiations in June on a free-trade pact between the world's largest trading partners.

Obama Proposes Advanced-Vehicle Fund

February 13, 2013 at 2:56 AM

In last night's State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama proposed an Energy Security Trust to support R&D for vehicles that run on biofuels, electricity or natural gas.

Nissan Denies Threat to Close Mississippi Factory

February 12, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Nissan Motor Co. refutes allegations by the United Auto Workers union that employees at its Canton, Miss., assembly plant were told the facility will close if they vote to unionize.

U.K. Business Confidence Hits Record Low

February 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Confidence among British businesses fell last month despite improvements in the labor market, according to London-based accounting and consulting firm BDO LLP.

PSA Unions Agree to Aulnay Plant Closing

February 05, 2013 at 11:23 PM

PSA Peugeot Citroen has reached an agreement with three of its four French unions that will allow it to shutter its Aulnay assembly plant outside Paris in 2014.

UAW: Wage Gains Tied to Organizing Non-Union Plants

February 04, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The United Auto Workers union won't win higher wages for new members until it succeeds in unionizing auto factories owned by foreign carmakers, says UAW President Bob King.

GM Names New Labor, Engineering Chiefs

February 04, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Jim Glynn, a 34-year General Motors Co. veteran, has been appointed vice president of North American labor relations.

U.S. Jobless Rate Rises to 7.9%

February 03, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Employers added 157,000 jobs in the U.S. in January, according to the Dept. of Labor.

UAW Supporters Say Nissan Threatens Plant Closing

January 31, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Pro-union workers at Nissan Motor Co.'s Canton, Miss., assembly plant tell the Associated Press that company officials have threatened to shutter the factory if employees there vote for union representation.

UAW Wants Chrysler to Go Public

January 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

An initial public offering for Chrysler Group LLC would be the best way for its minority shareholder, a union-run retiree healthcare fund, to obtain the greatest value for its shares, United Auto Workers President Bob King tells The Detroit News.

Ford Profit-Sharing Payouts Jump by $2,100

January 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Ford Motor Co.'s 45,800 members of the United Auto Workers union will receive profit-sharing checks averaging $8,300 in March compared with about $6,200 last year.

Labor Unrest Continues As PSA Restarts Plant

January 29, 2013 at 12:48 AM

PSA Peugeot Citroen resumed operations on Monday at its assembly plant in Aulnay, France, after a 10-day halt caused by labor unrest.

GM Avoids Strike in Brazil

January 28, 2013 at 12:50 AM

General Motors Co. has reached a tentative agreement with unions at its assembly plant in San Jose dos Campos, Brazil, thus averting an impending strike.

Fiat Union Agrees to Model Changeover Layoffs

January 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Fiat SpA has won the acceptance of its union to idle half of its assembly plant in Melfi, Italy, for as long as 23 months while the company revamps the facility to make small crossover vehicles.

Renault Denies It Threatened to Shut Two French Plants

January 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Renault SA insists it "never" said it would close two factories in France if its unions didn't give in to the company's contract demands.

GM Seeks Early Contract Talks at Canadian Factory

January 21, 2013 at 9:59 PM

General Motors Co. has asked the Canadian Auto Workers union to open contract negotiations at its assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., about six months early, according to CAW officials.

Ford Belgium Factory Remains Idled by Labor Strife

January 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Ford Motor Co. reached an agreement earlier this month with the unions at its assembly plant in Genk, Belgium.

Ford Belgium Factory Idled by Supplier Strike

January 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Ford Motor Co. reached an agreement earlier this month with the unions at its assembly plant in Genk, Belgium.

Renault Aims to Shed 7,500 Jobs in France

January 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Renault SA has told its unions that the company wants to shrink its workforce in France by 7,500 employees, or 17%, by 2016.

GM in Talks About Pension Buyouts for UAW Retirees

January 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

General Motors Co. is holding discussions with the United Auto Workers union about offering lump-sum pension buyouts to the company's U.S. hourly retirees, CEO Dan Akerson tells reporters.

Union Trust Presses Chrysler to Move Toward IPO

January 09, 2013 at 10:51 PM

The union-run retiree healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC has demanded that the company start the process of launching an initial public offering.

Retiree Trust Pushes Chrysler Toward IPO

January 09, 2013 at 10:39 PM

The union-run retiree healthcare trust that owns 41.5% of Chrysler Group LLC has demanded that the company start the process of launching an initial public offering.

Toyota Touts “Co-Pilot” Approach to Autonomous Cars

January 08, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. says advanced safety technologies should enhance a driver's skills but not necessarily take over the driving function itself.

U.S. Ends 2012 with 7.8% Unemployment

January 04, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Employers, who added an upwardly revised 161,000 U.S. jobs in November, hired another 155,000 workers in December, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Fiat Seeks Additional Chrysler Stake

January 03, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Fiat SpA has formally asked a union-run retiree healthcare trust to sell it another 3.3% stake in Chrysler Group LLC for $198 million (€151 million).

All Auto Wants for Christmas. . .or Doesn’t

December 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Let’s say that you’re getting ready for a big Christmas party tonight. . .and you’re in desperate need for a break (before you lose that holiday cheer). Here’s a diversion for an hour or so: The “Christmas Holiday Special.” No reindeer.

U.S. Producer Prices Drop

December 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Wholesale prices in the U.S. slid 0.8% last month from October to November, mainly because of a 4.6% decline in energy costs, the Dept. of Labor reports.

U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to Four-Year Low

December 09, 2012 at 6:00 PM

America's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% in November the best reading since December 2008 from 7.9% in October, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Lawrence Tech Design School, Cars, Controversy & More

December 08, 2012 at 5:42 AM

According to Keith Nagara, Henry Ford once asked a couple of brothers about establishing an educational curriculum to address the needs that he was facing at the Ford Motor Company.   Those brothers had the surname “Lawrence.”  And some of those needs of Ford led to what is today Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Opel to Cut Output at Bochum Plant

December 05, 2012 at 11:21 PM

General Motors Co.'s Adam Opel unit says it will reduce work hours at its car factory in Bochum, Germany, by an unspecified amount in January, according to the factory's labor chief, Rainer Enenkel.

EU Will Start Free Trade Talks with Japan

November 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Trade ministers from the 27 member countries of the European Union have authorized the European Commission to begin negotiations with Japan on a tree trade agreement.

EU to Start Free Trade Talks with Japan

November 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM

The European Union's trade ministers have authorized the European Commission to begin negotiations with Japan on a tree trade agreement.

Europe Rolls Out Tire Performance Labels

November 19, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Beginning this month, tires made for sale in the European Union must bear a simple rating label that indicates relative noise, fuel efficiency and wet traction performance.

Korea Union Protest GM Plan to Move Work Abroad

November 19, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Labor leaders in South Korea have warned General Motors Co. that it will face "enormous resistance" from its workers if the company does not rescind a decision to shift production of the next-generation of Chevrolet Cruze to another region, Reuters reports.

Korea Union Protest GM Plan to Move Work Overseas

November 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Labor leaders in South Korea have warned General Motors Co. that it will face "enormous resistance" from its workers if the company does not rescind a decision to shift production of the next-generation of Chevrolet Cruze to another region, Reuters reports.

Fiat Has Cash to Buy Rest of Chrysler

November 16, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Fiat SpA has enough cash in its coffers to acquire the remaining 41.5% stake in Chrysler Group now held by a union-run retiree healthcare trust.

Union: Opel Cuts Won’t Be As Harsh as Those at Ford

November 14, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug, the top labor official at General Motors Co.'s Opel unit, tells Reuters he expects a union agreement with the company to be much milder than the European restructuring Ford Motor Co. unveiled last month.

Renault Would Swap Plant Guarantees for Labor Cuts

November 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Renault SA confirms it has offered to commit to keeping all its factories in France open for an agreement with its unions for lower pay and less restrictive work rules.

Trust: Fiat Must More Than Double Bid for Chrysler Stock

November 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

The healthcare trust for United Auto Workers union retirees insists that Fiat must pay at least $342 million for a 3.3% stake in Chrysler.

U.S. Trust: Fiat Must Boost Bid for Chrysler Stock

November 13, 2012 at 1:03 AM

The American healthcare trust for United Auto Workers union retirees insists that Fiat must pay at least $342 million (€268 million) for a 3.3% stake in Chrysler.

Ford Cranks Up the Output in North America

November 09, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Ford Motor Co. says its factories in North America are running at 114% of normal capacity, the highest level in more than 30 years.

Europe Lowers Economic Outlook

November 08, 2012 at 10:43 PM

The European Commission, which had predicted growth next year of 1% in the 17-country eurozone and 1.3% in the 27-country European Union, now expects expansion of only 0.1% and 0.4%, respectively.

U.S. Jobless Rate Edges Up to 7.9%

November 04, 2012 at 4:22 PM

American employers added 171,000 jobs last month, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Fiat to Dismiss 19 Workers So It Can Hire Others

November 01, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Fiat SpA says it will comply with the ruling of an appeals court in Rome that it must bring back to work 19 laid-off members of the Fiom-CGIL union at the company's assembly plant in Pomigliano, Italy.

Renault to Begin Talks with French Unions

November 01, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Renault SA says it will begin negotiations with its unions in France next week about a new labor agreement that would give the company a "sound and permanent" foundation to maintain domestic manufacturing and R&D.

Strike by Canadian Parts Workers Curbs GM Output

October 30, 2012 at 3:39 AM

General Motors Co. has idled an assembly line at its plant in Oshawa, Ont., and slowed another line because of parts shortages.

GM’s German Labor Talks Could Stretch into 2013

October 29, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Germany's IG Metall union says it will continue to negotiate with General Motors Co.'s Opel unit about the company's restructuring plans, even though an Oct. 26 deadline for an agreement has passed.

Daimler Reaches Labor Deal to Trim S-Class Output

October 18, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Daimler AG has suspended one of two shifts at its car plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, until next summer, under a new agreement with its unions.

Daimler Tangles with German Workers About Shift Cut

October 17, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Daimler AG has reached a stalemate in talks with unions about eliminating one of two shifts at its Mercedes-Benz car plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, Bloomberg News reports.

Fiat Reassures Unions It Will Keep Italian Plants Open

October 17, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Fiat SpA executives have reiterated to its major Italian unions that it intends to continue operating all five of its domestic plants despite plunging sales.

Communications Union Votes to Merge with CAW

October 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have voted by a 9:1 margin to merge with the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Opel's German Union Seeks Labor Deal This Month

October 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Germany's IG Metall union wants to reach a contract with General Motors Co.'s Opel unit by Oct. 26.

France Again Summons PSA to Discuss Job Cuts

October 09, 2012 at 2:20 AM

The French government plans to hold talks on Oct. 25 between its ministry officials, PSA Peugeot Citroen executives and members of the company's union in France.

Truckers’ Strike Slows South Africa GM Plant

October 08, 2012 at 12:22 AM

An ongoing national strike by 20,000 truck drivers in South Africa has trimmed output at General Motors Co.'s assembly plant in Port Elizabeth.

America’s Jobless Rate Drops to 44-Month Low

October 05, 2012 at 6:10 PM

The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly tumbled to 7.8% in September from 8.1% in August, according to the Dept. of Labor.

South African Workers End Toyota Strike

October 05, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Toyota Motor Co. has agreed to a 5.7% wage hike at its assembly plant in Durban, South Africa, thus ending a three-day walkout there, according to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.

CAW Ratifies Chrysler Contract

October 01, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union at Chrysler Group LLC have voted by a 90:10 margin to approve the union's tentative contract agreement with the company.

CAW Members Ratify Chrysler Pact

September 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union at Chrysler Group LLC have voted by a 90:10 margin to approve the union's tentative contract agreement with the company.

GM’s Canadian Workers Approve New Contract

September 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union at General Motors Co. have ratified a tentative agreement with the company by a 73:27 margin.

Court Clears Way for PSA to Cut Jobs

September 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM

A French court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a local union that sought to block PSA Peugeot Citroen from eliminating 8,000 jobs in France.

Chrysler, CAW Agree on Tentative Labor Deal

September 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The Canadian Auto Workers union has reached a tentative four-year agreement with Chrysler that follows the blueprint laid out last week in contracts with Ford and General Motors.

Fiat Sues UAW Trust Over Chrysler Share Price

September 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Fiat SpA has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court against the United Auto Workers union's retiree healthcare trust.

PSA, GM May Build Small Cars Together in Brazil

September 26, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Alliance partners PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors Co. are studying a plan to jointly produce small cars in Brazil, according to a French union official.

GM, PSA Eye Joint Small-Car Production in Brazil

September 26, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Alliance partners PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors Co. are studying a plan to jointly produce small cars in Brazil, according to a French union official.

Ford Plans Staff Cuts in Europe

September 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Ford Motor Co. says it will reduce labor costs in Europe by shedding several hundred salaried jobs through voluntary buyouts and using fewer temporary and contract employees.

Progress Slows in CAW-Chrysler Talks

September 25, 2012 at 2:45 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union says it probably it won't reach a tentative agreement on a new contract with Chrysler Group LLC until the end of this week.

CAW Settles at GM, Turns to Chrysler

September 24, 2012 at 4:18 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with General Motors that hews closely to the terms of the union's deal with Ford last week.

Canadian Workers Accept Ford Pact

September 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union at Ford Motor Co. have ratified a tentative four-year contract with the company by an 82:18 margin.

Chrysler’s Labor Costs Will Soon Be Lower than Toyota’s

September 21, 2012 at 4:02 AM

The Detroit Three automakers are shrinking their labor cost disadvantage to Japanese competitors in the U.S., says Sean McAlinden, senior economist for the Center for Automotive Research.

CAW Turns to Chrysler After Settling with GM

September 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with General Motors that hews closely to the terms of the union's deal with Ford earlier this week.

Union Relieved Ford Plans to Build Mondeo in Belgium

September 20, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Labor leaders in Belgium are more optimistic about the future of Ford Motor Co.'s assembly plant in Genk, Belgium, after the company notified them it would begin producing the next-generation Mondeo midsize car there in October 2013, Reuters reports.

Trade Group Cuts Sales Forecast for Europe

September 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Demand for passenger vehicles in the European Union could fall as much as 10% to 11.9 million units this year, carmaker group ACEA tells The Wall Street Journal.

CAW Cites Progress in Talks with GM

September 19, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Contract negotiations between the Canadian Auto Workers and General Motors Co. have made "significant" progress, according to the union.

Trade Group Lowers Outlook for EU Car Sales

September 19, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Sales of passenger vehicles in the European Union could drop as much as 10% to 11.92 million units this year, carmaker group ACEA tells The Wall Street Journal.

CAW Reaches Tentative Deal with Ford

September 18, 2012 at 2:07 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford Motor Co. on Monday afternoon, hours before the existing pact expired at midnight.

Strike Averted: CAW Reaches Deal with Ford

September 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM

The Canadian Auto Workers union reached a tentative contract agreement with Ford Motor Co. on Monday afternoon, hours before the existing pact expired at midnight.

BMW in Bid for De Tomaso?

September 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

BMW AG is among the prospective buyers of Italy's De Tomaso supercar brand holding talks with bankruptcy court officials, according to the UILM union.

BMW Eyes Bid for De Tomaso

September 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM

BMW AG is among the prospective buyers of Italy's De Tomaso supercar brand holding talks with bankruptcy court officials, according to the UILM union.

Kia Workers Ratify New Korean Contract

September 17, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Union members at South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. have voted by a two-thirds margin to accept a new contract with the company.

CAW Chooses Ford as Strike Target

September 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. entered round-the-clock negotiations ahead of the expiration of their labor contract at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

Marchionne to CAW: Get Real

September 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne tells reporters that the Canadian Auto Workers union must be more realistic about what it can expect from a new labor contract.

CAW Offers Concessions to Detroit Three

September 14, 2012 at 4:08 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union, which faces a Monday deadline in its contract talks with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, has submitted a new proposal with concessions on wages and pensions for new hires.

JLR Workers in U.K. Worry about Jobs Going Overseas

September 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Britain's Unite union tells the Financial Times it is pressing Jaguar Land Rover in contract talks for a legally binding pledge to keep all three of its U.K. factories open for an unspecified period.

Jaguar Land Rover’s U.K. Union Seeks Work Commitment

September 10, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Britain's Unite union tells the Financial Times it is pressing Jaguar Land Rover in contract talks for a legally binding pledge to keep all three of its U.K. factories open for an unspecified period.

U.S. Job Growth Slows

September 09, 2012 at 11:56 PM

American employers created 96,000 jobs in August, down from 141,000 in July and this year's average of 139,000 jobs per month, according to the Dept. of Labor.

GM Korea Faces Strike This Week

September 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Unionized employees at General Motors Co.'s South Korean unit say they will walk off the job for the first four days of this week to highlight their demand for a contract that end overnight shifts, the Financial Times reports.

CAW Complains About Slow Pace of Contract Talks

September 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM

The Canadian Auto Workers says it is "a bit frustrated" with the lack of progress in the union's negotiations with U.S. carmakers to replace the national contract that expires on Sept. 17.

Hyundai Workers Accept New Korean Contract

September 04, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Hourly workers at Hyundai Motor Co. in South Korea have ratified a new labor agreement by a 53:47 margin, thus ending a series of costly ministrikes since mid-July.

Hyundai, Union Reach Tentative Contract in Korea

August 30, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. has a tentative labor agreement with its South Korean union after six weeks of mini-strikes that cost the company 76,700 units of lost production valued at 1.6 trillion won ($1.4 billion). Workers are scheduled to vole on the pact on Monday.

CAW Authorizes Strikes At Detroit Three Carmakers

August 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Delegates to the Canadian Auto Worker union's national convention have voted almost unanimously to authorize walkouts at Chrysler, Ford and General Motors if new contracts aren't reached by Sept. 17 when the existing pact expires.

Strikes Slash Hyundai, Kia Exports from Korea 23%

August 24, 2012 at 4:28 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. exported 120,500 vehicles from South Korea last month compared with 156,200 units in July 2011.

Korean Strikes Curb Hyundai, Kia Sales in U.S.

August 24, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. exported 120,500 vehicles from South Korea last month compared with 156,200 units in July 2011.

CAW to Merge with Another Canadian Union

August 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Delegates to the Canadian Auto Workers' national convention have unanimously ratified a plan to merge with Canada's Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, the CAW says.

Opel Near Deal to Cut Hours at Two Plants

August 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it is close to signing an agreement with its unions to shorten operating hours at two facilities in Germany: a car plant in Russelsheim and an engine and parts factory in Kaiserslautern.

Opel Poised to Cut Hours at Two Plants

August 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it is close to signing an agreement with its unions to shorten operating hours at two facilities in Germany: a car plant in Russelsheim and an engine and parts factory in Kaiserslautern.

VW Union: No More Acquisitions

August 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Bernd Osterloh, union chief at Volkswagen AG, tells Handelsblatt "there is no support" from labor for further acquisitions by management especially not an equity deal with Malaysia's Proton Holdings Bhd, Osterloh tells the German newspaper that expanding the company's sales and production in southeast Asia is important.

GM Korea Workers Reject Labor Pact

August 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Hourly workers at General Motors Co.'s South Korean unit have voted overwhelmingly against a tentative wage agreement reached last week between their union and the company.

Workers at Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant Reject Contract

August 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Hourly employees at Chrysler Group LLC's four-cylinder engine factory in Dundee, Mich., have overwhelmingly voted against a tentative agreement between the company and the United Auto Workers union.

Opel Seeks to Cut Hours at Russelsheim Factory

August 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it is in talks with unions at its assembly plant in Russelsheim, Germany, about shortening work hours there, thus confirming a report in Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung.

Opel May Shorten Hours at Its Main German Factory

August 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit says it is in talks with unions at its assembly plant in Russelsheim, Germany, about shortening work hours there, thus confirming a report in Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung.

U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged

August 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

The prices Americans paid for goods and services last month were unchanged from June, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Auto Contract Talks Begin in Canada

August 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM

The Canadian Auto Workers union launches negotiations with Ford, Chrysler and General Motors this week.

Canadian Auto Contract Talks Begin

August 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM

The Canadian Auto Workers union launched contract negotiations with Chrysler and General Motors on Tuesday and will open talks with Ford today.

Economy Shrinks in Eurozone

August 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Gross domestic product in the 17-country eurozone, which was flat in the first three months of 2012, contracted 0.2% in the second quarter, according to Eurostat, the European Union statistics agency.

Fiat, UAW Trust to Bargain Hard about Chrysler Stake

August 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Fiat SpA and the United Auto Workers union's retiree healthcare trust are likely to face tough negotiations about the trust's sale of its 41.5% stake in Chrysler Group LLC to the Italian carmaker, Bloomberg News reports.

GM, Korean Unions Reach Labor Pact

August 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

General Motors Co.'s South Korean unit has reached a tentative agreement with its unions that includes a raise in base pay and 8 million won ($5,750) in bonuses to each worker.

Help Wanted

August 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Availability is no longer the ticket to a paycheck. Capability is.

American Jobless Rate Rises to 8.3%

August 06, 2012 at 10:01 AM

U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, the biggest one-month gain since February, according to the Dept. of Labor.

Fiat Unions Demand Clarification on No-Investment Plan

August 03, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Italian politicians and union officials are asking the Italian government to press Fiat SpA for clarification about its suspension of all new investment in the country, Bloomberg News reports.

Chrysler Could Be Strike Target in Canada

July 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union is likely to pick Chrysler Group LLC as the strike target in contract talks with Detroit automakers that are scheduled to begin on Aug. 14 in Toronto, the Windsor Star reports.

GM Suspends Work at Brazil Plant

July 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM

General Motors Co. idled its manufacturing complex in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on Tuesday after workers at a car assembly plant there went on strike.

PSA: Attacks on Strategy Could Make It Takeover Target

July 23, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Intense criticism of PSA Peugeot Citroen's restructuring plans by the French government and unions have weakened investor confidence in the carmaker, thus leaving it vulnerable to a hostile takeover, Chairman Thierry Peugeot alleges.

UAW Loses Ford Grievance Claim

July 20, 2012 at 2:29 AM

An arbitrator has ruled the Ford Motor Co. did not violate the "equality of sacrifice" clause in its contract with the United Auto Workers union when the company reinstated raises and 401(k) matching for its salaried employees.

Ford Seeks Labor Givebacks to Close Canadian Cost Gap

July 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Ford Motor Co. aims to close a US$15-per-hour labor cost disadvantage in contract negotiations that begin next month with the Canadian Auto Workers union, Bloomberg News reports.

Union Strikes GM Plant in Brazil

July 16, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Members of Brazil's Metalworkers Union of Sao Jose dos Campos conducted a 24-hour strike at General Motors Co.'s assembly plant near Sao Paulo to protest the potential closing of the factory.

UAW Retiree Trust Hires New Investment Chief

July 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Kenneth Frier, a former investment manager for Stanford University and Hewlett-Packard Co., has been appointed chief investment officer of the United Auto Workers union's Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, effective Aug. 1.

Union: PSA May Cut 10,000 Jobs in France

July 02, 2012 at 6:44 PM

PSA Peugeot Citroen, which said last November it would shed 6,000 workers in Europe this year, now plans to eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs just in France nearly 10% of its domestic workforce, Bloomberg News reports.

PSA: Cutting Costs By €1 Billion Won’t Be Enough

June 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

PSA Peugeot Citroen has informed union officials that it must deepen its cost reduction plan beyond the €1 billion target announced in February because of the deepening slump in Europe's auto market, Reuters reports.

PSA: Cost Cuts of $1.2 Billion Won’t Be Enough

June 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM

PSA Peugeot Citroen has informed union officials that it must deepen its cost reduction plan beyond the €1 billion ($1.2 billion) target announced in February because of the deepening slump in Europe's auto market, Reuters reports.

EU Clears Bosch Acquisition of SPX Unit

June 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Robert Bosch GmbH has received the approval of the European Union's anti-trust authorities to complete the purchase of the vehicle diagnostics business of SPX Corp. for $1.2 billion.

U.K. Union Plans One-Day Strike at Ford

June 17, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Salaried members of the U.K's Unite labor union plan a 24-hour walkout at seven Ford Motor Co. facilities on Monday to protest the company's decision to pay lower wages to new hires there and close its pension plan to new entrants.

PSA to Sell at Least Half of Gefco Unit

June 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

PSA Peugeot Citroen says it will divest at least 50% of its Gefco logistics unit to raise cash, Bloomberg News reports, citing a senior union official.

Opel Aims to Finalize Union Pact in Four Months

June 15, 2012 at 2:09 AM

General Motors Co.'s Adam Opel unit and German labor union IG Metall have set a November deadline for reaching a definitive agreement on the company's restructuring, according to news reports.

U.S. Inflation Drops as Fuel Costs Plunge

June 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM

The prices Americans pay for goods and services fell 0.3% from April to May, the biggest decline in more than three years, as gasoline prices plummeted 6.8%, the Dept. of Labor says.

UAW Official, University President Join Chrysler Board

June 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Chrysler Group LLC has named Erickson Perkins, director of strategic research at the United Auto Workers Union, and Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University, to its nine-member board of directors, effective June 10.

Mazda Training for Mexican Plant

June 12, 2012 at 5:33 AM

Although they broke ground for the plant just last October and aren’t planning on having it in production until early 2014, last week Mazda started training some of its employees for Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (MMMdM) at its headquarters in Hiroshima.

UAW Makes its Pitch to Nissan Workers in Mississippi

June 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The United Auto Workers union is wooing the 3,300 hourly workers at Nissan Motor Co.'s assembly plant in Canton, Miss., in an organizing drive that has included small private meetings and at a rally nearby on Sunday.

GM Offers Buyouts at Brazil Factory

June 07, 2012 at 2:39 AM

General Motors Co. says it is offering buyouts to an undisclosed number of hourly workers at its assembly plant in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, according to the local union.

No Pension Buyouts For Chrysler Salaried Workers

June 05, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Ford and General Motors are offering lump-sum buyouts to U.S. salaried retirees, but there is "no need" to do the same at Chrysler, CEO Sergio Marchionne tells reporters without elaborating.

U.S. Job Growth Stalls

June 03, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Employers added a scant 69,000 jobs in the U.S. in May, the smallest monthly increase in a year, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Unions to French President: Stop GM, PSA Plant Closings

May 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Union leaders in France met with new President Francois Hollande on Tuesday to demand he deliver on his campaign promise to save jobs by immediately halting impending factory shutdowns.

Labor Presses French President to Stop Plant Closings

May 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Union leaders in France met with new President Francois Hollande on Tuesday to demand he deliver on his campaign promise to save jobs by immediately halting impending factory shutdowns.

German Labor Leaders to Meet with VW's U.S. Workers

May 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM

An official of German metalworkers union IG Metall will talk to hourly employees at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., early next month.

VW Nears Deal for Workers to Buy Company Shares

May 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Volkswagen AG is close to an agreement with Germany's IG Metall to allow the union to acquire a stake in the closely held company, says Bernd Osterloh, VW's top labor representative and a member of the supervisory board.

UAW Aims to Break Even in Two Years

May 21, 2012 at 3:06 AM

The United Auto Workers union, which has been losing money for at least five years, hopes to at least break even by mid-2014.

German Workers, Employers Agree on 4% Wage Hike

May 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Germany's IG Metall metalworkers union and the country's employers group have reached an agreement that would give workers a 4.3% raise over 13 months.

UAW Aims to End Losses in Two Years

May 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

The United Auto Workers union, which has been losing money for at least five years, hopes by mid-2014 to break even or even begin to bolster its coffers.

Union: Opel Has Plan to Close Bochum Plant

May 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM

The union leader at Adam Opel's assembly plant in Bochum, Germany, says he has evidence that the General Motors Co. unit has been secretly planning to close the factory, WirtschaftsWoche reports.

IG Metall, German Employers Suspend Contract Talks

May 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

German metalworkers union IG Metall and the country's industrial employers have suspended contract negotiations after reaching an impasse, Bloomberg News reports.

U.S. Inflation Halted in April

May 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

America's consumer price index was unchanged from March to April, reined in by a drop in energy prices, the Dept. of Labor says.

Lower Fuel Prices Drive Down Wholesale Prices

May 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

The U.S. producer price index declined 0.2% from March to April, mainly because of a 1.4% drop in energy prices, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Opel Restructuring Deal Could Be Three Months Away

May 08, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Adam Opel labor leader Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug tells reporters that the company could have an agreement with its unions about a turnaround plan in two to three months.

Opel Restructuring Deal Could Be Three Months Away

May 08, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Adam Opel labor leader Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug tells reporters that the company could have an agreement with its unions about a turnaround plan in two to three months.

Opel Could End Astra Output in Germany

May 07, 2012 at 10:33 PM

General Motors Co.'s Adam Opel unit is considering a plan to cease production of the Astra compact car at its factory in Russelsheim, Germany, by 2015, according to Opel labor chief Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug.

American Job Creation Slows

May 04, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Employers in the U.S. who added 154,000 jobs from February to March increased their workforces by only 115,000 jobs in April, the Dept. of Labor reports.

Marchionne: CAW Contract Talks Could Be Contentious

April 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Chrysler-Fiat CEO warned on Monday that the company's contract negotiations this summer with the Canadian Auto Workers union could be "difficult." Marchionne criticized the CAW for a strike by its members at supplier Dakkota Integrated Systems, which supplies instrument panels to Chrysler's nearby minivan plant in Windsor, Ont.

German Metal Workers Stage “Warning Strikes”

April 30, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Members of the IG Metall union held their second day of "warning strikes" on Monday and plan more walkouts on Wednesday.

UN Agency Warns of “Alarming” Global Job Picture

April 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The Geneva, Switzerland-based International Labor Organization cautions that the global employment situation is "alarming" and isn't likely to improve soon.

Opel to Meet With Labor Leaders

April 25, 2012 at 1:38 AM

General Motors Co.'s Adam Opel unit plans to meet on Thursday with union representatives.

Opel to Meet With Labor Leaders

April 25, 2012 at 1:35 AM

General Motors Co.'s Adam Opel unit plans to meet on Thursday with union representatives.

German Union Rejects Employers’ Wage Offer

April 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

The IG Metall metalworkers union has turned down an offer of a 3% pay hike over 14 months from Germany's industrial employers.

Labor Leaders Demand to see GM, PSA Restructuring Plans

April 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Officials from labor unions across Europe are insisting that PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors Co. immediately disclose any plans to shutter factories or eliminate jobs as part of their newly formed alliance, Reuters reports.

Opel May Move Some Astra Output Out of Germany

April 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM

General Motors Co.'s Adam Opel unit plans to shift annual production of 10,000 Astra small cars from its plant in Russelsheim, Germany, to a factory in Gliwice, Poland, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, citing unidentified labor sources.

EV Could Cut Fuel Costs $1,200 Per Year

April 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

You could save an average $1,200 per year by driving an electric vehicle instead of a conventional car, according to a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

CAW Urges Canada to Adopt National Auto Policy

April 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM

The Canadian Auto Workers union says Canada should create a national automotive policy to avoid a "precarious" situation in five to 10 years that could threaten domestic jobs.

EVs Could Save $1,200 on Fuel Per Year

April 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Driving an electric vehicle instead of a gasoline-powered car in the U.S. could save its owner an average $1,200 per year in fuel costs, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Study: EVs Could Save $1,200 on Fuel Per Year

April 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Using an electric vehicle instead of a gasoline-powered car in the U.S. could save its operator an average $1,200 per year in fuel costs, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Consumer Prices Rise Slowly

April 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The U.S. consumer price index, which rose 0.4% from January to February, increased 0.3% last month, the Dept. of Labor says.

Union Threatens Strike at BMW Plant in U.K.

April 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Britain's Unite union is preparing to ask its 2,000 members at BMW AG's Mini plant in Oxford, England, for strike authorization after workers overwhelmingly rejected down the company's final contract proposal.

U.K. Union: Loss of Astra Output Would Doom Plant

April 04, 2012 at 8:01 PM

General Motors Co.'s Opel assembly plant in Ellesmere Port, England, will close if the company decides not to build the next-generational Astra small car there, the Unite union tells Dow Jones Newswires.

NedCar in Talks with Potential Buyers

April 03, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Netherlands Car BV (NedCar), the De Unie union and the Dutch government are in talks with unidentified prospective bidders for the assembly plant, Dow Jones Newswires reports.

UAW Membership Inches Upward Again

April 02, 2012 at 3:18 AM

The United Auto Workers union says its average membership grew about 1% to 380,700 last year.

UAW Membership Expands

April 02, 2012 at 12:10 AM

The United Auto Workers union had an average of 380,700 members in 2011 compared with 376,600 the previous year, according to the union's annual filing with the U.S.

Severstal Reaches Contract with UAW

April 01, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Severstal North America unit says it has reached a tentative five-year contract with the United Auto Workers union.

Management Skills: How To Handle Anger in the Workplace

April 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Of all human emotions, perhaps none is so satisfying—and unproductive—as anger.

Steel Faces New Challenges in an Evolving Market

January 27, 2011 at 9:53 AM

In the battle of steel vs aluminum, it may be time for steel to change up its image

Ford Takes Flight

October 26, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Although the metaphor “firing on all cylinders” certainly comes to mind as regards Ford’s remarkable financials reported today—third quarter net income of $1.7-billion, up $690-million from Q3 2009; ending the quarter with $23.8-billion of Automotive gross cash and total liquidity of $29.4-billion; Automotive operating-related cash flow of $900-million positive—it strikes me that some other phrase needs to be applied because jet engines don’t have cylinders, and Alan Mulally’s leadership has transformed Ford from being a conventional organization to something more extraordinary.

Steel Strikes Back Against Alternative Materials

March 01, 2006 at 12:00 AM

Although there are auto applications that steel once had to itself, several of those have given way to alternatives—for now.

On the Management Side: Dealing with Rule Breakers

January 01, 2005 at 12:00 AM

When an employee breaks the rules, what should his or her boss do about it?It’s an important question because the answer can affect the employee’s future behavior, his department’s morale—even a company’s relationship with a union, if one is involved.Every manager, therefore, should review his disciplinary methods periodically to make sure they are producing the most constructive results.

More Than Machining Millions of Parts Per Year: How Cobra is Competitive

January 15, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Here's a look at how imagination, teamwork, and machining skills are making this second-tier supplier a successful competitor in contract manufacturing.

Management Skills: How To Open Dialogue with Employees

January 01, 2000 at 12:00 AM

Managers who enjoy a dialog relationship with their subordinates tend to be more successful than those who don't.

Management Skills: How to Encourage More Participation

November 01, 1999 at 12:00 AM

Employees want to contribute – as a manger, you have to present them with opportunities to do so.

Labor: A Study of the Automotive Industry's Scarce Resource (PART 1 OF 3)

June 01, 1999 at 12:00 AM

The shift is on to using lighter materials for the vehicles at Ford, with aluminum being an important aspect of this shift. Here's what's happening.