Category Archives: labor issues

Mercedes-Benz Starts Apprenticeship Program with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mercedes-Benz USA says it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs, including State Approving Agencies, to become what it claims is the first luxury automaker to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim Plant Threatened by EVs?

For all Mercedes-Benz plants, the question of the role of locations of key components production is, of course, of great importance for the future e-mobility. Continue reading

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FCA Dedicates World Class Manufacturing Academy

FCA employees and community members can take classes to earn an Associate’s degree through Ivy Tech, then work toward a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue. Continue reading

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General Motors India to End Manufacturing, Sell Halol Plant

GM’s presence in India since 1996 – but going back to 1928 with Opel and forced out by the government in 1954 – revolves around the Chevrolet brand – Cruze, Sail, Sail Hatchback, Beat, Spark. GM is the 5th largest automobile manufacturing company in India after Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra. Continue reading

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General Motors Sells Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group for €2.2B

The deal includes all of Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, comprising Opel and Vauxhall brands, six assembly and five component manufacturing facilities, one engineering center (Rüsselsheim, Deutschland) and approximately 40,000 employees. GM will retain the engineering center in Torino, Italy. Continue reading

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Australian Union Calls for Action on Chinese Steel

The Commission has the power to impose tariffs to address dumping. However, in 2004, Australia became one of only two major developed economies to grant market economy status to China (after New Zealand), severely hampering its policy options for addressing Chinese steel dumping. Continue reading

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Meeting: IG Metall, Opel Works Council, PSA Group on GM Selling Opel/Vauxhall

There is, of course, a large amount of ceremonial ritual about takeovers. The acquired are treated differently once they are in the harem. Remember the merger of equals between Chrysler and Daimler, when Daimler basically took over the company and stripping assets on the way. Beijing Jeep in the world’s largest car market is now building Mercedes-Benz models. Continue reading

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Trump Triumphs? Ford Cancels Mexico Plant

This appears to be a partial victory for the twit tweets of Donald Trump that are centered around U.S. jobs. About 700 jobs will eventually be created. However, Ford will build its next-generation Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico “to improve company profitability.” Continue reading

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Un-Sweet Tweet – Trump Outburst Against Chevrolet Cruze

Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump today raged against General Motors, threatening to impose a “big border tax” for making some Chevrolet Cruze cars in Mexico. Continue reading

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Unions Sue Renault-Nissan Alliance in Three Countries

IndustriALL and its US affiliate the United Auto Workers are suing Renault Nissan for what it claims are serious labor right violations at Nissan North America’s manufacturing facilities in Canton, Mississippi. Continue reading

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Milestones – Ford Twin Cities Plant in Minnesota

McMahon’s focus is on the Twin Cities plant, home of Ranger compact truck production for nearly 20 years, that had a reputation among Ford executives as the highest quality Ford assembly plant in America. Continue reading

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Teamsters Strike at Selland Auto Transport

Selland transports new automobiles across the western U.S. for Toyota, Honda, VW, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Kia Continue reading

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Collision Course – Trump, Mexico, NAFTA

Despite what appears to be Trumps ill-informed trade views – if they are informed at all – CAR using data, not diatribes, observes that the major reason for this rapid growth of the auto industry in Mexico comes from the injection of $13.3 billion in investment to move 3.3 million units of vehicle capacity from Japan, Germany, and South Korea to Mexico Continue reading

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Porsche Consulting: Fear of Computers, Robots Rises with Age

Forty-two percent of employees say that computers and robots have taken over tasks previously done by people in their immediate work environments over recent years. Continue reading

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15,000 Steelworkers March to EU Headquarters in Brussels

Over the past seven years, more than 80,000 steelworkers lost jobs in the European industry. Continue reading

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