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CAR – Estimated Costs of the UAW-GM Strike are Low

CAR estimates the U.S. employment multiplier for UAW-GM jobs is 11.5.This means that when UAW-GM workers are at work producing vehicles, engines, transmissions, stampings, parts, and components, every UAW-GM job supports 10.5 other jobs in the U.S. economy, with 3.2 of those jobs in the production-focused U.S. supplier sector.
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Workers at Google Contractor HCL to Join United Steelworkers

The workers, who are staffed at the tech giant’s Bakery Square office alongside Google employees are seeking a voice on the job and the opportunity to bargain over wages and working conditions. Continue reading

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GM Strike Gets Nasty as it Cancels UAW Healthcare Plan

The UAW activated the strike fund as soon as it became aware of GM’s strategic (ham-fisted?) decision to cut healthcare. Continue reading

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UAW Strike Cost at GM Builds Substantially with Duration

Previously, the 1998 UAW strike on GM lasted 54 days and cost the automaker $2 billion, which would equate to $3.1 billion in today’s dollars – or over a third of their 2018 net profit. A strike lasting this long has the potential to cost GM 500,000 units in lost production, which would quickly deplete their available inventory. In this situation, GM intenders would ultimately either delay purchases or move to competitor brands, which could result in 100,000 lost US sales in the remainder of this year. Continue reading

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Teamsters to Honor Picket Lines of 50,000 UAW GM Workers

 “We laud the UAW for its work to ensure that its GM employees are treated with respect and dignity on the job. At a time when more and more companies are downsizing and shipping jobs out of the U.S., it is imperative that unions fight for their members. Workers should be rewarded for good work with fair wages and benefits. That’s what the UAW is demanding.” Continue reading

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General Motors Offers UAW $7 Billion in U.S. Investments, an $8000 “Signing Bonus” or is that Bribe?

In its latest statement – with perhaps a hint of desperation – GM said today that “We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways, and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight Continue reading

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UAW to Strike GM – Contract Talks Deadlocked

The strike does not just involve GM and its suppliers. It has the potential to turn into a national crisis and affect the upcoming presidential election. It could certainly drag in Ford and FCA. At midnight more than 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement.The teamsters have yet to be heard from. Continue reading

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General Motors Target Automaker in UAW Contract Talks

Gary Jones, of course is under an investigation by the FBI in the fraudulent diversion of Funds from FCA Fiat that were supposed to support UAW worker training. He refused to stand down as president during the contract talks as criminal investigations ensue. Continue reading

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Mitsubishi Motors North America to Move U.S. Headquarters Closer to Nissan in Franklin, Tennessee

The company that was close to bankruptcy before the Nissan-Renault Alliance gave it a reprieve claims the “move proves strength of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, as efficiencies between Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan grow in the U.S.” Continue reading

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GM Opens $65 Million Parts Processing Center Near Flint

GM now employs only 9,500 people in Genesee County, including the Grand Blanc headquarters of the company’s Customer Care and Aftersales business and the Flint manufacturing complex. All of the positions in Burton support GM’s CCA* business that is responsible for supporting the service and repair needs of millions of GM vehicle owners. Continue reading

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US Deficit and Government Spending Grow in Q2

Fasten your seat belt it’s going to wild ride. Is that a tropical storm building in the straits of Hormuz? Continue reading

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Groupe Renault, Its Works Council and Industrial Global Union Sign Global Quality of Work Life Agreement

The agreement, signed by the 10 trade union federations or unions represented in the Group Works Council, provides a basis for structuring social dialogue, both at Group and local level. It “encourages the launching of new initiatives, as well as finding relevant pragmatic solutions to improve employees’ life at work, through the negotiation of local agreements.” Continue reading

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UAW Post Chattanooga Loss Calls for Labor Law Reviews

In the end, the difference between a unionized workplace and one without real worker representation was narrow: 833 employees voted against union representation and 776 in favor, a difference of merely 29 votes. Continue reading

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Ford Europe Starts Bridgend Engine Plant Closing Process

There is by Ford management choice significant underutilization of the plant, caused by the impending end of engine production for Jaguar Land Rover, the cessation of the previous generation Ford GTDi 1.5-liter engine, and reduced global demand for the new generation Ford GTDi and Pfi 1.5-liter engine. At expected volumes, the plant also faces a cost disadvantage compared with other Ford facilities building the same engine. Continue reading

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IndustriALL Makes Rights Abuses Complaint about Mitsubishi Electric with Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing Committee

“Mitsubishi Electric’s Thai subsidiary has subjected workers to degrading and humiliating treatment, locked-out union members, forced workers to sign a document denouncing their union, and disobeyed a ruling by Thailand’s Labor Relation Committee (LRC) to reinstate union members, the international union said today. Continue reading

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