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Ford Exits Heavy Truck Business in South America

Most of these pre-tax special item charges and cash outflows of 4460 million will be recorded in 2019 and are part of the $11 billion in EBIT charges with cash-related effects of $7 billion the company expects to take in the redesign of its global business. Continue reading

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GM to Invest $36 Million in Lansing Plant. Oshawa Still Doomed

The announcement – some would call it tone deaf – came closely followed Sting and cast promoting Unifor’s #SaveOshawaGM campaign. Sting and the cast of his musical, The Last Ship, were in front of thousands of Unifor members and the public for a Valentine’s Day solidarity performance, held in the heart of downtown Oshawa. The legendary musician began with “Message in a Bottle,” and after several numbers from the musical, closed with “Every Breath You Take.” Continue reading

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Japanese-brand Automakers Generate 1.52 Million Jobs in US

It doesn’t estimate how many are lost to oversees manufacturing and imports. Thus, go the one-sided volleys in the ongoing automotive trade wars. Continue reading

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Trump Tariffs Hurt New Auto Prices, Jobs, Consumers

NADA is worried that under a 25% tariff on all imports and parts, “consumers would see the price of the typical vehicle sold in the United States rise by $4,400. Prices of U.S.‐assembled vehicles rise due to an increase in the cost of imported vehicle parts, adding $2,270 to the price. For the typical imported vehicle, these tariffs raise consumer prices by $6,875 per vehicle.” Continue reading

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Battery Handlers or Sorters Untrained, at Risk from Lithium

Battery Council International says the lead battery recycling process was uniquely designed for lead batteries. Lead batteries have almost a 100% recycling rate. However, when lithium batteries enter the lead battery recycling stream, they pose a serious threat to lead battery recyclers’ employees and equipment. This is because lithium batteries can explode if they are crushed during the lead battery recycling process. Continue reading

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Cars for Cheese? EU Turning Point in Japanese Localization

In 2018, the three UK Japanese transplants of Nissan, Toyota and Honda collectively produced over 730,000 cars, which represent almost half of all Light Vehicles built in Britain. Continue reading

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Rolls-Royce: Record Apprenticeship Places Open

Since the program was launched in 2006, numbers have progressively increased, with 2019 offering a record 31 candidates the opportunity to join the team at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, United Kingdom. Continue reading

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GM Canada Sales Drop 15% as Boycott Bites

The boycott against GM for its Canadian job cuts and the closing of the award winning – for productivity and quality – Oshawa plant in violation of its Unifor union contract announced at the end of last year is having a negative effect on Canadians’ purchase consideration. Continue reading

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Taycan Jobs at Porsche Exceeds 30,000

Porsche claims there’s no sign of that growth stopping. Over the next few months the company is intending to hire upwards of 1,000 skilled employees just to build the Taycan and its derivative Taycan Cross Turismo, both of which are the first electric sports cars to come out of Zuffenhausen. Continue reading

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GM Canada Led 2018 Sales. Now Threatened by Unifor Boycott

That’s precisely the problem, ey? Canadian auto workers are not benefiting from and are being punished with layoffs and the closure of the award-wining Oshawa plant as GM sends middle-class jobs to Mexico where workers are paid $2 an hour. Continue reading

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Unifor Boycott Threatens Damage for Ontario Workers GM Says

“GM is arrogant enough to think it can rob Canada of jobs without repercussions,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who resisted the boycott at first. “GM is making a choice to increase manufacturing in Mexico while it abandons communities that have supported it for generations but make no mistake Canadian and American consumers also have a choice,” he concluded. Continue reading

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NADA Workforce Initiative Fights Technician Shortage

The NADA Foundation just revealed the next phase of its Workforce Initiative, which includes the launch of a new consumer-facing website – www.nadafoundation.org – to promote the value of service technician jobs and provide the first and only centralized source of all Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and industry training programs and scholarship opportunities for aspiring technicians. Continue reading

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Unifor Inteva Canadian Plant Walks Out Against GM

Unifor’s message expressed by president Jerry Dias, remains consistent – GM Oshawa Assembly must not close. GM can change course, and work with Unifor and government to develop a new plan that saves Oshawa GM. Continue reading

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GM to Federal and Ontario Governments – Oshawa Doomed

GM said it does not have a viable business case for production at Oshawa Assembly past the end of this year because of rapid changes in the North American car market, the cancellation of Oshawa products and persistent low utilization at the plant. Continue reading

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Ford to Restructure European Business Once Again

Near term, Ford is cutting costs by a reduction of surplus labor across all functions – salaried and hourly. A change in management structure, announced in December, already is underway through Ford’s hoeing and weeding its global salaried workforce. Continue reading

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