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Labor Day 2017 – September Fourth

Labor Day – this national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century, of course– struggling then as now against the extremely wealth owners and Wall Street. It pays homage to the communal and economic achievements of workers in America. It will be the workers of America who rebuild Texas, not the billionaires who will reap the harvest of Trump’s proposed tax cuts. 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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BMW Changes Leadership at Spartanburg SC Plant

Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, SC, for three years, will assume new responsibilities as the Managing Director of BMW Plant Regensburg. Continue reading

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Unions Discuss Transatlantic Organizing

In what could have broad implications for U.S. automakers – particularly those with non-union transplants – German and U.S. union members met in Berlin today to make plans to build power on both sides of the Atlantic through coordinated organizing. It won’t be easy given the prevalence of union-busting in the U.S. even at German companies. Continue reading

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Unifor Faces Down FCA – Job and Investment Pattern Upheld

In round two of contract talks with the Detroit Three in Canada, Unifor upheld the pattern at FCA that was established when it took on a belligerent General Motors. Continue reading

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Appeals Court Affirms Right to Organize at Mercedes-Benz

The latest union busting dispute comes at a time when IndustriALL, a growing global coalition of unions representing 50 million members, elected Jörg Hofmann from Germany as President. Hofmann comes from German metalworkers’ trade union, IG Metall, where he is also President. Continue reading

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Top IndustriALL Heads Say VW is Against Union Rights

The meeting, of more than 200 union representatives from around the world, took place on 25-26 May at the Frankfurt headquarters of IG Metall, a German affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union. Cooperation with the German Metalworkers Union is critical for VW, which has vast operations in Deutschland. Continue reading

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Suicide Vote – UAW Locals Nix FCA Contract

In a move that can only be characterized as slitting their own throats, UAW local members have voted against the proposed four-year labor agreement worked out by the International union and FCA. Continue reading

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FCA UAW Target for Contract Talks

UAW leaders claim they are looking for an agreement, not a costly confrontation. However, there are contentious issues involve creating more jobs and eliminating the two-tier wage structure for UAW workers that see diminished salaries and benefits compared to employees with longer time in service. Continue reading

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GM Announces $5.4 Billion in U.S. Plant Investments

Since June 2009, GM has announced U.S. facility spending of ~$16.8 billion. About $11.4 billion of that has come since the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement that is up for renewal, with the two-tier wage system a major potential point of contention. In total, GM said these investments have created 3,650 new jobs and secured the positions of approximately 20,700 others. Continue reading

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Globalization Comes at last to Unions. UAW Growing in South?

Taking a play from multinational corporations who have used globalization and misleadingly named ‘Free-trade’ agreements to evade taxes and drive down pay rates in the U.S., trade unions are now using their global clout to organize non-union auto plants in the Southern U.S. The latest example comes from Mississippi where the UAW has been campaigning for four years to establish a company-recognized trade union into the Nissan plant in Canton and its 4,000 workers. Nissan reported more than $1 billion in profits during the Japanese Q1. Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Charters a UAW Local in Alabama

The strategy that is emerging is a long-term UAW play involving pressure from IG Metall on German automakers. AutoInformed bets that coming will be a similar deal at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Continue reading

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New VW SUV Goes to Chattanooga. UAW forms a Local. Further State Subsidies in Anti-Union South in Doubt?

In a compromise that involves the formation of a UAW local, Volkswagen Group has announced that its new midsize SUV will the built in Chattanooga starting at the end of 2016. The expansion was held up over the lack of a union and a works council structure that exists in every other VW plant in the world. State and local officials – including the Governor and Senior Senator – threatened to withhold subsidies if a union was formed for the expansion that doubles the workforce to 4,000. Continue reading

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Did Tennessee Governor Haslam Violate Worker’s Rights?

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and other Republican state lawmakers are charged with trying to prevent Volkswagen workers from obtaining union representation by threatening to withhold state aid for the now stalled expansion of the Chattanooga plant where the Passat is assembled. Continue reading

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GM to Invest More than $1 Billion on Five U.S. Plant Upgrades

General Motors said today it will invest almost $1.3 billion in plant upgrades at five manufacturing sites in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to produce new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, improve quality and streamline logistics. The investments combined will create or retain about 1,000 jobs. Continue reading

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