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General Motors, Unifor Ink Deal for Oshawa Plant

New agreement saves 300 jobs at facility.

by on May.10, 2019

Workers at GM's plant in Oshawa, Ontario, staged a sit-down strike after the company rejected plans to keep the plant open.

General Motors Canada and Unifor have announced a plan to convert elements of the Oshawa Assembly plant into an arts-making operation, saving some 300 manufacturing jobs, and vehicle test center for autonomous and advanced vehicles.

The “Transformation Agreement” between GM and Unifor, the union representing Canadian autoworkers, apparently will end the sometime bitter dispute that began in November 2018 when GM announced plans to shutter the Oshawa plant permanently, ending more than 100 years of car making on the site just outside Toronto.

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The dispute about Oshawa led a brief sit-down strike inside the factory earlier this year and Unifor attacking GM for abandoning Canada through a series of ads including one that ran on the highly rated Canadian telecast of the Super Bowl. GM countered the brief strike and the ads with lawsuits. (more…)

EV Start-Up Workhorse Expected to Buy GM’s Shuttered Lordstown Plant

GM also planning $700 million investment at three Ohio plants.

by on May.08, 2019

This may not be the last vehicle produced at GM's Lordstown, Ohio plant. The automaker is talking with Workhorse to sell the plant.

General Motors will begin the process of selling its shuttered Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant to Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group and another newly formed venture, the automaker said Wednesday afternoon, largely confirming a tweet issued by President Donald Trump earlier in the day.

If the deal is completed, Workhorse is expected to use the sprawling factory, about an hour southeast of Cleveland, to produce electric trucks, creating hundreds of jobs in the process. The other “newly formed” company partnering in the deal is being led by Workhorse founder Steve Burns.

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“This potential agreement creates a positive outcome for all parties involved and will help solidify the leadership of Workhorse’s role in the EV community,” said Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes. (more…)

VWoA Wins Delay in UAW Vote in Chattanooga

Union's attempt to get a quick vote denied.

by on May.06, 2019

The UAW's third election in five years at VW's Chattanooga plant has been delayed by the NLRB.

The National Labor Relations Board, in a vote along party lines, agreed to Volkswagen’s request to postpone an union election vote at the German automakers factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The United Auto Workers surprised VW last month by asking for a quick vote, among the 1,400 production workers in Chattanooga with the hope of minimizing the impact of anti-union campaigns, particularly by local political figures and outside anti-union groups.

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The UAW won the right to represent Chattanooga’s 300 or so maintenance workers in 2016. (more…)

GM Ponders $1B Investment in Missouri Plant

Automaker reportedly meeting with governor about incentives.

by on May.02, 2019

GM may invest as much as $1 billion into its Wentzville, Missouri plant that produces midsize trucks and full-size vans.

General Motors is apparently preparing for a major investment at its big truck assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri, according to media reports from St. Louis.

GM officials are expected to meet with Missouri Governor Mike Parson to discuss what is described as a $1 billion expansion project at Wentzville, which currently employs 3,800 hourly and salaried employees, St Louis Today reported.

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No details about the expansion have been disclosed but GM is expected to request a package of incentives from the state of Missouri to help pay for job training and retooling the plant, which is located about 40 miles from St. Louis. (more…)

UAW Secures Third Vote at VW’s Chattanooga Plant

Local 42 filed petition with National Labor Relations Board.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The UAW has secured its third election in five years at VW's Chattanooga plant to unionize the plant.

It what seems to be almost a yearly occurrence, workers as Volkswagen AG’s plant in in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have filed a petition for a union vote at the plant.

A call for a vote has happened three times in five years at the facility and the UAW does represent some skilled trades at the plant. UAW Local 42 President Steven Cochran told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the election petition was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board due to “pressure from the workers.”

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The petition revealed at least 30% of 1,709 employees that make up the proposed election unit have turned in cards for representation. It asks for an election on April 29 and 30. Volkswagen plant officials say they “remain neutral on this topic,” and that the petition is being reviewed. (more…)

Auto Industry Frets as Trump Threatens Again to Close Border

President reiterates warning about shutting down U.S.-Mexico border.

by on Apr.03, 2019

President Donald Trump reiterates that he will close the border, despite the economic impact, if he feels it's necessary.

President Donald Trump is sticking to his guns when it comes to closing the border with Mexico, despite the devastating impact it may have on significant parts of the U.S. economy, particularly the auto industry.

“Sure, it’s going to have a negative impact on the economy. It’s one of the biggest trade deals in the world we’ve just done with the USMCA,” Trump told reporters after a meeting Tuesday.

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“It’s a very big trading partner, but to me, trading is very important, the borders are very important, but security is what is most important to me. I have to have security.” (more…)

Former Union VP Jewell Pleads Guilty in FCA-UAW Scam

Latest guilty plea is sixth person tagged in investigation.

by on Apr.03, 2019

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from the ongoing investigation into bribery of UAW officials.

A former top officer of the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiring to violate U.S. labor laws by taking money from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. while representing union members employed by FCA.

Norwood Jewell, 61, a former UAW vice president and head of the union’s FCA Department, pleaded guilty to one count of violating U.S. Labor-Management Standards Act. He could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, the plea agreement limits the prison sentence to a maximum of 18 months and the size of the fine hasn’t been determined yet.

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Jewell was released on $10,000 personal bond and must surrender his passport and firearms, pending a sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for early August.  (more…)

Fiat Chrysler Cutting Shift at Canadian Minivan Plant

Sales of the Pacifica have fallen 25% this year.

by on Apr.01, 2019

Fiat Chrysler is cutting a shift at its Windsor, Ontario plant. The move eliminates 1,500 jobs.

Facing a sharp drop in the sales of minivans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV confirmed it will trim one shift at the automaker’s assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit.

The cutbacks will result in the loss of 1,500 jobs at the plant and in untold number of job cuts at stamping plants on the other side of the Detroit River at factories in the U.S. that feed major components to the facility.

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Up until now FCA managed to avoid major cuts in production similar to those that led to plant closings and shift reductions at plants operated by key rivals such as General Motors and Ford. Last year, Fiat Chrysler sold 270,000 Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans in the United States.  (more…)

Former UAW VP Jewell Expected to Plead Guilty

Six others have already been found guilty.

by on Mar.22, 2019

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to plead guilty in federal court next month.

Former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell is expected to U.S. District Court early next month to plead guilty on charges of violating federal labor law and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Jewell, who abruptly quit his UAW post in December 2017, months before he was scheduled to leave office, is the second top union official implicated in the ongoing investigation. He accepted more than $40,000 in travel and gifts.

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Federal prosecutors are investigating a scam in which the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executive responsible for relations with the UAW used money designated for training UAW workers for lavish parties and gifts.  (more…)

Ford Increasing Large Sport-Utility Production

Automaker adding 550 jobs to handle increased output.

by on Mar.20, 2019

Ford is increasing the production output at its two sport-utility plants in Kentucky to meet demand for the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Ford Motor Co. is planning to increase production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator as both vehicles continue see sales rise in the large SUV segment.

Boosting the production of the Expedition and Navigator after the annual summer shutdown in July will raise the output at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky. as much as 20% as it puts more pressure on archrival General Motors, which has dominated the full-size SUV segment for nearly 15 years.

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Raising production requires more people to build the two popular vehicles so Ford is adding 550 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant and moving approximately that same number of employees from the Louisville Assembly Plant, Ford’s other assembly plant in the state of Kentucky where it builds the new Ford Escape and Lincoln Aviator. (more…)