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  • NAFTA May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs

    03/29/2016 4:16:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    When Donald Trump threatened to “break” the North American Free Trade Agreement, auto industry workers offered up some of the loudest cheers. Mr. Trump easily won the Republican primary in Michigan this month. The state, home base for the American auto industry, also delivered an upset victory to Bernie Sanders, the Democratic anti-NAFTA standard-bearer. But the autoworkers’ animosity is aiming at the wrong target. There are still more than 800,000 jobs in the American auto sector. And there is a good case to be made that without NAFTA, there might not be much left of Detroit at all. “Without the...
  • Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant

    02/15/2014 6:13:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Neal E. Boudette
    Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant Volkswagen workers rejected the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626. Neal E. Boudette Updated Feb. 14, 2014 11:44 p.m. ET The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG VOW3.XE +1.10% 's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany's powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the...
  • Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote no to union representation

    02/14/2014 7:44:45 PM PST · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Bernie Woodall/Reuters
    In a stunning defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, a factory seen as organized labor's best chance to expand in the U.S. South. An official overseeing the vote, retired judge Sam Payne, said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626. While voting was under way on Wednesday, Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker said VW would announce new investment in the plant if the UAW lost the secret ballot.
  • Big three autoworkers could hit picket lines Monday (Canada)

    09/16/2012 9:03:54 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 16 replies
    OttawaSun ^ | September 15, 2012 | Jenny Yuen
    TORONTO - The Canadian Auto Workers union said negotiating with the big three automakers - General Motors, Chrysler and Ford - before Monday's midnight strike deadline is like juggling "a lot of balls up in the air." If the CAW, which represents 21,500 members in the three companies, doesn't reach a settlement with the big three, it could mean a walkout could start at 12:01 a.m. Monday. "It's a little tough to tell at this point in time what the impact will be because it depends upon status of bargaining with each of the three companies," CAW secretary treasurer Peter Kennedy said...
  • Obama's $25 Billion Government Motors Lemon

    08/14/2012 4:52:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | August 14, 2012
    As the Obama campaign continues to tout the GM bailout as an industrial policy success, the Treasury Department continues to revise upward the staggering losses inflicted on U.S. taxpayers. On the day Government Motors, aka GM, announced it was recalling at least 38,000 of its vehicles — Impalas used by police nationwide and in Canada — due to a crash risk, a new Treasury report said it now expects to lose $25 billion on the bailout, $3.3 billion more than forecast earlier. As the Detroit News reported, this loss was based on GM's stock price at the time of the...
  • The Autoworkers Obama Left Behind

    02/29/2012 1:12:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 29, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    The White House fairy tale about the Happily Ever After Auto Bailout is missing a crucial, bloody page. While President Obama bragged about "standing by American workers" at a rowdy United Auto Workers meeting Tuesday, he failed to acknowledge how the Chicago-style deal threw tens of thousands of nonunion autoworkers under the bus. In a campaign pep rally/sermon billed as a "policy speech," Obama nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back for placing his "bets" (read: our money) on the $85 billion federal auto industry rescue. "Three years later," he crowed, "that bet is paying off for America."...
  • Auto Workers Win Right to Wear Protest T-Shirts (We're Prisoners of GM!)

    11/12/2011 6:55:47 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 34 replies
    Labor Notes ^ | 11/9/2011 | Jane Slaughter
    Workers at General Motors’ Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, have won the right to call themselves prisoners. GM suspended around eight workers this week and last for wearing T-shirts that read “Fairfax Penitentiary Inmate.” The shirts protest increasingly strict conditions in the factory. Yesterday, after the controversy aired on the evening news as far away as St. Louis, the company backed down and asked suspended workers to return to work at full pay.
  • UAW wants bigger cut of Detroit's newfound profits

    07/25/2011 10:14:07 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 28 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 07/24/2011 | AP
    To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and some benefits four years ago. Now that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much they get is the central question hanging over contract talks that start this week between Detroit and one of the nation's largest and most powerful unions. The negotiations, the first since Chrysler and GM took government aid and emerged from bankruptcy, will set wages and benefits for 111,000 members of the United Auto Workers, including those at Ford, which avoided bankruptcy...
  • Obama To Autoworkers: Policies Are Working

    09/15/2009 9:23:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies · 824+ views
    Obama To Autoworkers: Policies Are Working President says economy is on its way back from the brink President Barack Obama speaks about the economy as he addresses workers at the Lordstown Complex General Motors Plant in Warren, Ohio. Charles Dharapak / AP WARREN, Ohio - President Barack Obama, claiming credit for an uptick on his watch, told autoworkers Tuesday that the economy is on its way back from the brink because of his policies. Pledging to stand firm with autoworkers in northeast Ohio, Obama told factory workers in this town outside Youngstown that his administration had no choice but to...
  • Banana Republic Capitalism (In which Obama hands keys over to UAW)

    05/01/2009 7:49:58 AM PDT · by yoe · 12 replies · 794+ views
    Power Line ^ | April 30, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    The Chrysler reorganization is shaping up as another milestone in the decline of the rule of law under Barack Obama. We've said for quite a while that bankruptcy is the only viable option for Chrysler and General Motors, not--as Obama claims--because they don't know how to make the right kinds of vehicles, but because their unsustainable union contracts make it impossible for them to be profitable. That reality (has now been turned on its head) as the administration has tried to bully Chrysler's secured creditors into going away, while the United Auto Workers Union, solely on the basis of political...
  • Who is Michael Moore, Really? (Does He Have Any Credentials to be a Working-Class Hero?)

    02/20/2009 3:17:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 1,376+ views
    Energy Publisher ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | Mike Westfall
    Does Michael Moore, of "Roger and Me" fame, have any credentials to be considered a working-class hero? A number of blue-collar workers, and a new biography, question his claims.Citizen Moore, a biography of film-maker and gadfly Michael Moore penned by Roger Rapoport, includes a chapter entitled, "Who is Mike Westfall and Why is he saying these terrible things about me?" While Flint Michigan-native Moore has acquired a measure of success in doing cookie-cutter films, which has given him the luxury of becoming a matinee idol by ridiculing people and making fun of important issues, just what is the real story...
  • Motor City's Woes Extend Beyond Auto Industry [jailbirds don't want to be released]

    12/20/2008 9:24:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,074+ views
    WAGA-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2008 | David Crary and Corey Williams
    DETROIT -- One measure of how tough times are in the Motor City: Some of the offenders in jail don't want to be released; some who do get out promptly re-offend to head back where there's heat, health care and three meals a day. "For the first time, I'm seeing guys make a conscious decision they'll be better off in prison than in the community, homeless and hungry," said Joseph Williams of New Creations Community Outreach, which assists ex-offenders. "In prison they've got three hots and a cot, so they commit a crime to go back in and come out...
  • The Only Wheel In Town

    12/14/2008 9:30:30 AM PST · by jay1949 · 3 replies · 330+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | December 14, 2008 | jay1949
    An Easterner who finds his way into the saloon of a mining town, having been warned that the Faro wheel is fixed, sidles up to the grizzled miner who is playing the wheel and whispers, “Word is, that wheel is fixed.” The miner replies, “Everyone knows this wheel is fixed. But, Hell’s bells, son, it’s the only wheel in town!” The “bailout wheel” in Washington, D.C., is obviously rigged - - but it looks as if we’re playing the only wheel in town.
  • [Chinese Company]Chery Automobile to crack the US auto market (thru Chrysler)

    07/06/2007 2:22:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 1,826+ views
    Pravda ^ | April 7, 2007 | Alexander Timoshik
    The first shipments of Chrysler cars built by China's Chery Automobile Co. could reach the U.S. or Europe within 30 months, Chrysler said on Wednesday, opening the door for Chery to be the first mainland auto maker to do so. "The first product within one year, and then into the United States and western Europe within two to 2- years," Chrysler Group chief executive Tom LaSorda told reporters. The first auto built by Chery Automobile Co. for Chrysler could be exported to North America, but not the United States, said LaSorda, who made the forecast at a Beijing signing ceremony...
  • Canada auto union alarmed by tough emissions talk

    01/12/2007 2:19:28 PM PST · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 8 replies · 305+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan. 11, 2007 | Reuters
    Canada's largest private sector union said on Thursday that thousands of jobs in the auto industry could be at risk if a left-leaning opposition party succeeds in persuading the government to quickly introduce binding emissions standards on vehicles. Jack Layton, who heads the New Democratic Party, says he will not consider propping up the minority Conservative government unless it brings in new emissions rules for vehicles immediately. Buzz Hargrove, head of the Canadian Auto Workers union, wrote to Layton to say he and his union members had been "taken aback" by the tough comments on emissions. "If this issue is...
  • No Happy Ending for U.S. Auto Industry

    05/07/2006 8:14:11 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 118 replies · 1,971+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 9, 2006 | Jack Markowitz
    It's like watching a tragedy unfold, what's happening at the top of the auto industry. A happy ending, in any true sense, isn't in the cards. At best, after thousands are off the scene, survivors still may be standing on U.S. soil. But forget happy. The scene: bankruptcy court. No, General Motors and Ford aren't there yet, although their share prices seem to discount it, at about $20 and $8 respectively. But how grim it was for Delphi Corp, the nation's largest auto parts supplier, to ask a bankruptcy judge in Detroit to throw out its labor contracts and approve...
  • Sen. Clinton Urges Democrats to Speak Up

    02/08/2006 11:46:33 AM PST · by Maria S · 58 replies · 1,275+ views
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday accused Republicans of "playing the fear card" of terrorism to win elections and said Democrats cannot keep quiet if they want to win in November. The New York Democrat, facing re-election this year and considered a potential White House candidate in 2008, said Republicans won the past two elections on the issue of national security and "they're doing it to us again." She said a speech by presidential adviser Karl Rove two weeks ago showed the GOP election message is: "All we've got is fear and we're going to keep playing the fear card."...
  • GM to cut 30,000 jobs

    11/21/2005 5:34:36 AM PST · by 12B · 364 replies · 11,978+ views
    Reuters, Bloomberg | 21 Nov, 2005 | Self
    Breaking on Bloomberg and Reuters. GM will cut 30,000 jobs in massive restructuring. More....
  • Toyota Fuels Ideas For Another Hybrid In North America (Creating New Jobs in GM's Backyard??)

    11/12/2005 4:59:26 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 8 replies · 532+ views
    Toyota Fuels Ideas For Another Hybrid In North America By NORIHIKO SHIROUZU Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL November 12, 2005; Page A3 Toyota Motor Corp. is looking at boosting manufacturing capacity in North America again, creating more jobs at the same time as it continues to put pressure on Detroit auto makers. With demand for Toyota vehicles continuing to rise in the U.S., company executives interviewed by The Wall Street Journal say they are scrambling to find a site for a new plant to produce more engines and transmissions in the U.S. Toyota's continuing expansion in the U.S....
  • Toyota, Moving Northward

    07/25/2005 3:31:53 AM PDT · by JohnLongIsland · 51 replies · 1,185+ views
    <p>Modern American politics is dominated by the doctrine that government is the problem, not the solution. In practice, this doctrine translates into policies that make low taxes on the rich the highest priority, even if lack of revenue undermines basic public services. You don't have to be a liberal to realize that this is wrong-headed. Corporate leaders understand quite well that good public services are also good for business. But the political environment is so polarized these days that top executives are often afraid to speak up against conservative dogma.</p>