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UAW, Faurecia Reach Deal to End Strike Michigan Plant

Workers hit pickets just after midnight.

by on Jun.21, 2019

Workers at Faurecia's plant in Saline, Michigan, walked off their jobs just after midnight. A deal has been reached ending the walkout.

The United Auto Workers and the French supplier Faurecia have reached a tentative agreement that ended a brief walkout at a critical parts plant in Saline, Michigan.

Brian Rothenberg, UAW director of communications, confirmed that a tentative settlement had been reached Friday morning. Members of UAW Local 892 in Saline had set up picket lines around the plant at 12:05 a.m. Friday after negotiators failed to reach an agreement by the deadline set earlier by the union.

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Details of the pending agreement were not released, pending a ratification meeting for the Faurecia employees. The dispute, over wages and benefits, had been simmering for several weeks while both sides worked to find a formula that could settle the dispute. (more…)

UAW Chides Trump Administration about Emissions Plans

CARB refutes claims of unwillingness to negotiate.

by on Jun.21, 2019

UAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar expressed the union's concerns about the Trump administration's emissions plans during a House subcommittee hearing.

A Congressional subcommittee heard testimony this week that the Trump administration proposed changes to the existing emissions and fuel economy requirements would reduce employment in the auto industry and open the car business to junk science.

Josh Nassar, the United Auto Workers legislative director, said the UAW “shares the concerns expressed by auto manufacturers” that the administration’s proposal could lead to protracted litigation and uncertainty that will limit industry growth.

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“We fear the (administration’s proposal) would stifle innovations and discourage investment in the industry while insufficiently combating climate change. We are very concerned that the final rule will be a setback for U.S. workers, the economy and environment,” said Nassar, adding the union was urging the California Air Resources Board, manufacturers and other stakeholders to develop balanced regulations. (more…)

UAW Loses Organizing Bid at Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant

Union gets closer, but still falls short.

by on Jun.17, 2019

Volkswagen's hourly workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant once again voted against UAW representation.

The United Auto Workers narrowly lost its bid to organize blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The vote, 833 against the union to 776 for the UAW, was closer than the 2014 effort but still fell short. Some 51.8% of workers voted against the union, while 48.2% supported the UAW. In the 2014 election, the margin was 53.2% against the union and 46.8% for the UAW. The UAW did win an election among maintenance workers in 2016.

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The union organizing effort was attacked by Tennessee’s Republican political establishment, which is opposed to the union gaining influence in the state and hampered by corruption charges flowing from ongoing federal corruption investigation. A former UAW vice president is facing sentencing soon after pleading guilty to criminal charges from the investigation.  (more…)

VW Workers Voting on UAW Representation in Chattanooga Plant

Union hoping third time is the charm.

by on Jun.14, 2019

The UAW's third election in five years at VW's Chattanooga plant is going on now.

It’s going to come down to the wire.

For the third time in the last half decade, hourly workers are Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are voting to decide if they want the United Auto Workers union to represent them. It was a contentious vote the first time around and only slightly less so this time.

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The UAW hasn’t fared well in its organizing efforts in the South, losing by significant margins in recent attempts in Mississippi and Alabama. A variety of factors played into those defeats: a strong anti-union group of workers named Southern Momentum, Republican politicians claiming doom and gloom and the UAW itself as stories of union leaders stealing money to do home repairs, pay off mortgages and other things for themselves have splashed across newspapers and television screens. (more…)

GM Investing $24M in Ft. Wayne Plant to Boost Pickup Production

Move follows major investment in Michigan HD truck plant.

by on May.30, 2019

GM Chairman Mary Barra talks with workers at the company's Fort Wayne truck plant where it plans to invest $24 million to expand production.

With pickup sales continuing to skyrocket, despite the overall slowdown in the U.S. automotive market, General Motors said Thursday it will invest $24 million to boost production at the Fort Wayne, Indiana plant that produces two of its most profitable trucks.

The move will not only boost output of the full-size Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, but may also offer an opportunity for some of the workers displaced by the closure of two other GM assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio.

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“The team here at Fort Wayne has done an outstanding job helping us satisfy customers throughout this launch,” GM CEO Mary Barra said during an announcement at the Fort Wayne plant which currently employs about 4,230 hourly workers. (more…)

VW Tennessee Workers Get Another Chance for Unionization

Plant's new vote comes in mid-June.

by on May.30, 2019

The UAW's third election in five years at VW's Chattanooga plant will take place in mid-June.

The UAW is getting its another kick at the can when Volkswagen of America hourly workers in Tennessee will vote yet again to decide if they want to be represented by the Detroit-based union.

Workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant will vote June 12, 13 and 14 to unionize. 

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The UAW petitioned the National Labor Relations Board last month to set the dates for the election to represent about 1,700 trade and production workers at the plant that builds cars and sport-utility vehicles. The new dates come after the automaker’s lawyers won a temporary delay. (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…)