The Truth About Cars » Unions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:53:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Unions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Fiat Serbia Workers Demand Higher Wages, Get Chicken Discount http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/fiat-serbia-workers-request-higher-wages-get-chicken-discount/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/fiat-serbia-workers-request-higher-wages-get-chicken-discount/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:40:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1197586 The union representing workers at the Fiat 500L factory in Kragujevac, Serbia has a big job ahead of it. Workers are demanding raises, bonuses, and a steady work schedule. In its most recent newsletter, the union listed those demands once again, but instead of news of a pay negotiation the union told workers they’ve negotiated a chicken discount […]

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The union representing workers at the Fiat 500L factory in Kragujevac, Serbia has a big job ahead of it. Workers are demanding raises, bonuses, and a steady work schedule. In its most recent newsletter, the union listed those demands once again, but instead of news of a pay negotiation the union told workers they’ve negotiated a chicken discount […]

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Canadian General Motors Plant Hit By Wildcat Strike http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/canadian-general-motors-plant-hit-wildcat-strike/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/canadian-general-motors-plant-hit-wildcat-strike/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:44:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921418 A wildcat strike at GM’s CAMI plant briefly shut down the assembly plant where the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are produced. The strike lasted a mere 2.5 hours. According to the QMI news agency “…a worker at the plant said the incident started in the morning when [a worker] was raising a concern with a […]

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A wildcat strike at GM’s CAMI plant briefly shut down the assembly plant where the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are produced. The strike lasted a mere 2.5 hours. According to the QMI news agency “…a worker at the plant said the incident started in the morning when [a worker] was raising a concern with a […]

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Brazilian Truth Commission May Sue Auto Makers For Crimes Against Humanity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/brazilian-truth-commission-may-sue-companies-crimes-humanity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/brazilian-truth-commission-may-sue-companies-crimes-humanity/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:30:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=909674 João Paulo de Oliveira found it hard to find another job after he was fired by Rapistan, a Michigan-based conveyor belt maker, in 1980. He was detained or arrested another five times until the Brazilian military dictatorship, that had successfully realized a coup d’état in 1964, and returned power to civilians in 1985. Oliveira claims that […]

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João Paulo de Oliveira found it hard to find another job after he was fired by Rapistan, a Michigan-based conveyor belt maker, in 1980. He was detained or arrested another five times until the Brazilian military dictatorship, that had successfully realized a coup d’état in 1964, and returned power to civilians in 1985. Oliveira claims that […]

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How The UAW Could End Up Representing Volkswagen Workers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/uaw-end-representing-volkswagen-workers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/uaw-end-representing-volkswagen-workers/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:57:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=894162 Despite losing a vote on organizing workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, the UAW could end up representing Volkswagen workers through its newly formed Local 42, with the end goal being the establishment of a works council at Chattanooga. Local 42 was formed by the UAW as a voluntary union that workers could join. Representation […]

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Despite losing a vote on organizing workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, the UAW could end up representing Volkswagen workers through its newly formed Local 42, with the end goal being the establishment of a works council at Chattanooga. Local 42 was formed by the UAW as a voluntary union that workers could join. Representation […]

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VW Labor Leaders Fight To Establish U.S. Works Council http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/vw-labor-leaders-fight-to-establish-u-s-works-council/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/vw-labor-leaders-fight-to-establish-u-s-works-council/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:30:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=753737 While the United Auto Workers take their battle to bring their brand of organization to Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. before the National Labor Relations Board, VW’s labor leaders are regrouping in their fight to establish a works council in the U.S. plant. Automotive News reports two top officials from VW’s global works council, secretary […]

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While the United Auto Workers take their battle to bring their brand of organization to Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. before the National Labor Relations Board, VW’s labor leaders are regrouping in their fight to establish a works council in the U.S. plant. Automotive News reports two top officials from VW’s global works council, secretary […]

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QOTD: How Can the UAW’s Damaged Brand be Fixed? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/qotd-how-can-the-uaws-damaged-brand-be-fixed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/qotd-how-can-the-uaws-damaged-brand-be-fixed/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752201 We talk a lot about brands here at TTAC. For example, Porsche comes in for a bit of criticism for moving away from their image as a maker of purist sports cars. We’ve discussed how brands can be burnished and also be diminished. Do today’s Cadillacs live up to “the standard of the world” and […]

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We talk a lot about brands here at TTAC. For example, Porsche comes in for a bit of criticism for moving away from their image as a maker of purist sports cars. We’ve discussed how brands can be burnished and also be diminished. Do today’s Cadillacs live up to “the standard of the world” and […]

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Guest Post: Jamie Kitman On The Battle Of Chattanooga http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/guest-post-jamie-kitman-on-the-battle-of-chattanooga/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/guest-post-jamie-kitman-on-the-battle-of-chattanooga/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=743201 TTAC welcomes Jamie Kitman, of Automobile Magazine, NPR’s CarTalk and other international outlets, as he presents his analysis of what went wrong at Chattanooga, and the next steps for the labor movement’s efforts in the auto industry. With all the clamorous back patting and joyous trills of laughter attending the defeat of the UAW’s unionization […]

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TTAC welcomes Jamie Kitman, of Automobile Magazine, NPR’s CarTalk and other international outlets, as he presents his analysis of what went wrong at Chattanooga, and the next steps for the labor movement’s efforts in the auto industry. With all the clamorous back patting and joyous trills of laughter attending the defeat of the UAW’s unionization […]

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Japan’s Auto Workers Seek Pay Raise Amid Soaring Profits http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japans-auto-workers-seek-pay-raise-amid-soaring-profits/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japans-auto-workers-seek-pay-raise-amid-soaring-profits/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:30:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=740777 Labor unions across Japan are seeking increases in base salaries and bonuses as local manufacturers pull in record profits for the closing fiscal year. Bloomberg reports the unions will gather for their annual spring labor negotiations to ask automakers for an increase in bonuses equal to five months’ salary, with Toyota to receive a request […]

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Labor unions across Japan are seeking increases in base salaries and bonuses as local manufacturers pull in record profits for the closing fiscal year. Bloomberg reports the unions will gather for their annual spring labor negotiations to ask automakers for an increase in bonuses equal to five months’ salary, with Toyota to receive a request […]

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NYT: Chattanooga is a Lobbyist Battleground http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/nyt-chattanooga-is-a-lobbyist-battleground/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/nyt-chattanooga-is-a-lobbyist-battleground/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:30:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=727834 On Tuesday, the New York Times published a look at the ongoing feud between pro- and anti-union forces at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It paints a picture of a political battle fought mainly by outside forces, utilizing the deep pockets of some of the nation’s most powerful lobbying groups. Steven Greenhouse’s story “Outsiders, Not […]

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On Tuesday, the New York Times published a look at the ongoing feud between pro- and anti-union forces at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It paints a picture of a political battle fought mainly by outside forces, utilizing the deep pockets of some of the nation’s most powerful lobbying groups. Steven Greenhouse’s story “Outsiders, Not […]

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VW’s Labor Leader To Meet With Chattanooga Workers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/vws-labor-leader-to-meet-with-chattanooga-workers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/vws-labor-leader-to-meet-with-chattanooga-workers/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:28:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=574329 The head of Volkswagen’s Works Council may soon be paying a visit to workers at Chattanooga to discuss the prospect of a works council. Reuters reports that Bernd Osterloh will be headed down south for a “dialogue” about representation. The UAW will not be present at the talks, but representatives of both VW and IG Metall, Germany’s […]

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The head of Volkswagen’s Works Council may soon be paying a visit to workers at Chattanooga to discuss the prospect of a works council. Reuters reports that Bernd Osterloh will be headed down south for a “dialogue” about representation. The UAW will not be present at the talks, but representatives of both VW and IG Metall, Germany’s […]

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You Can Only Have Second Thoughts if You Had a Thought to Begin With: A Chattanooga Story http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/you-can-only-have-second-thoughts-if-you-had-a-thought-to-begin-with-a-chattanooga-story/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/you-can-only-have-second-thoughts-if-you-had-a-thought-to-begin-with-a-chattanooga-story/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2013 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498108 This weekend was the end-of-summer graduation at Auburn, and like all such events, it brought an avalanche of rental cars to our Loveliest Village on the Plains™. Amidst the ubiquitous Chryslerbishis and engineering-excellence-cum-fleet-staple Camrys, I spotted a couple of newish Jettas and Passats wandering about town, crooked rental bar stickers applied with obvious indifference. I […]

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This weekend was the end-of-summer graduation at Auburn, and like all such events, it brought an avalanche of rental cars to our Loveliest Village on the Plains™. Amidst the ubiquitous Chryslerbishis and engineering-excellence-cum-fleet-staple Camrys, I spotted a couple of newish Jettas and Passats wandering about town, crooked rental bar stickers applied with obvious indifference. I […]

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GM Daewoo Workers Plan 4th Of July Walkout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/493422/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/493422/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:35:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493422 Workers at GM’s South Korean plant will stage a partial walkout, ominously on Independence Day, July 4th, Reuters heard from a union spokesman. The walkout could turn into a full-fledged strike, union spokespeople said. Reports Reuters: “Last week, 79 percent of union members at GM Korea voted in favor of strike action. Union leadership decided […]

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Workers at GM’s South Korean plant will stage a partial walkout, ominously on Independence Day, July 4th, Reuters heard from a union spokesman. The walkout could turn into a full-fledged strike, union spokespeople said. Reports Reuters: “Last week, 79 percent of union members at GM Korea voted in favor of strike action. Union leadership decided […]

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GM May Move Mokka Production From Korea To Europe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/gm-may-move-mokka-production-from-korea-to-europe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/gm-may-move-mokka-production-from-korea-to-europe/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:20:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491551 GM has rocky relations with its Korean unions, and the relations will get a lot rockier if what Germany’s Handelsblatt says is true. According to the report, GM is seriously looking into moving most of the production of the Opel Mokka to Europe. Currently, the hot selling SUVlet is made in South Korea only.  Says […]

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GM has rocky relations with its Korean unions, and the relations will get a lot rockier if what Germany’s Handelsblatt says is true. According to the report, GM is seriously looking into moving most of the production of the Opel Mokka to Europe. Currently, the hot selling SUVlet is made in South Korea only.  Says […]

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Selective Solidarity: Ignored By UAW Bosses On A Jaunt To South Africa, Korean Union Threatens Strike Against GM http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/selective-solidarity-ignored-by-uaw-bosses-on-a-jaunt-to-south-africa-korean-union-threatens-strike-against-gm/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/selective-solidarity-ignored-by-uaw-bosses-on-a-jaunt-to-south-africa-korean-union-threatens-strike-against-gm/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 06:55:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491240 When there was labor unrest in South Africa, the UAW was quick to spend union dues for a long trip to the scenic South African locale, ostensibly to show  their solidarity with South African union brothers who, coincidentally, fought against Mercedes and Volkswagen. Back home, the UAW pulled a whole packet of race cards. It […]

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When there was labor unrest in South Africa, the UAW was quick to spend union dues for a long trip to the scenic South African locale, ostensibly to show  their solidarity with South African union brothers who, coincidentally, fought against Mercedes and Volkswagen. Back home, the UAW pulled a whole packet of race cards. It […]

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TTAC’s Headline Decoder: Pay Raise At Volkswagen A Non-Event http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/ttacs-headline-decoder-pay-raise-at-volkswagen-a-non-event/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/ttacs-headline-decoder-pay-raise-at-volkswagen-a-non-event/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 13:11:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489766 According to media reports, Volkswagen workers received a hefty, inflation-busting pay rise today, giving the impression that VW workers are being especially coddled. Not true. Metal workers in  all of Germany received a 5.6 percent raise in May (3.4 percent more from July on, followed by 2.2 percent starting in May 2014, to be exact.) […]

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According to media reports, Volkswagen workers received a hefty, inflation-busting pay rise today, giving the impression that VW workers are being especially coddled. Not true. Metal workers in  all of Germany received a 5.6 percent raise in May (3.4 percent more from July on, followed by 2.2 percent starting in May 2014, to be exact.) […]

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Who Will Get Opel’s Zafira When Bochum Closes? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/who-will-get-opels-zafira-when-bochum-closes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/who-will-get-opels-zafira-when-bochum-closes/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 11:21:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=488275 Now that Opel workers in Bochum refused a plan to keep the factory open, now that an intervention by UAW’s Bob King went exactly nowhere, the question is where to move production of the Opel Zafira when Bochum closes its doors by end of 2014. In the running: Rüsselsheim, Germany, and Ellesmere Port, UK. Both […]

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Now that Opel workers in Bochum refused a plan to keep the factory open, now that an intervention by UAW’s Bob King went exactly nowhere, the question is where to move production of the Opel Zafira when Bochum closes its doors by end of 2014. In the running: Rüsselsheim, Germany, and Ellesmere Port, UK. Both […]

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Korean Unions Mad At Akerson http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/korean-unions-mad-at-akerson/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/korean-unions-mad-at-akerson/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 13:26:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487616 Last month, GM CEO Dan Akerson said that GM might move production away from South Korea if tensions with North Korea escalate. Korea labor unions were not amused, saying that Akerson was using the crisis as a pretext to gain the upper hand in upcoming labor talks. Last week in Detroit, Akerson told GM’s South […]

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Last month, GM CEO Dan Akerson said that GM might move production away from South Korea if tensions with North Korea escalate. Korea labor unions were not amused, saying that Akerson was using the crisis as a pretext to gain the upper hand in upcoming labor talks. Last week in Detroit, Akerson told GM’s South […]

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German Autoworkers Go On Strike http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/german-autoworkers-go-on-strike/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/german-autoworkers-go-on-strike/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 14:48:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487119 German autoworkers want their share of the record profits announced by German carmakers last year. IG Metall labor union demanded 5.5 percent. Employers countered with 2.3 percent. Today, workers went on strike. 500 employees on the night shift at Daimler’s Mercedes  plant in Stuttgart- Sindelfingen walked off the job this morning. More walkouts are planned […]

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German autoworkers want their share of the record profits announced by German carmakers last year. IG Metall labor union demanded 5.5 percent. Employers countered with 2.3 percent. Today, workers went on strike. 500 employees on the night shift at Daimler’s Mercedes  plant in Stuttgart- Sindelfingen walked off the job this morning. More walkouts are planned […]

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Opel Abandons Bochum Completely http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/opel-abandons-bochum-completely/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/opel-abandons-bochum-completely/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:44:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486552 Bob King’s attempts to ingratiate himself with German unions, and to make Opel’s Bochum workers reconsider their decision to turn down Opel’s restructuring plan, are being ignored. Actually, it appears as if they had the opposite effect. Days after King’s comment, Bochum plant manager Manfred Gellrich rejected new discussions, saying Opel does not want to […]

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Bob King’s attempts to ingratiate himself with German unions, and to make Opel’s Bochum workers reconsider their decision to turn down Opel’s restructuring plan, are being ignored. Actually, it appears as if they had the opposite effect. Days after King’s comment, Bochum plant manager Manfred Gellrich rejected new discussions, saying Opel does not want to […]

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Bob King Intervenes In Bochum, Receives Cold Shoulder http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/bob-king-intervenes-in-bochum-receives-cold-shoulder/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/bob-king-intervenes-in-bochum-receives-cold-shoulder/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:54:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486072 UAW boss Bob King told Opel’s Bochum workers to vote again, and to this time accept a deal that had been worked out between the German metal worker union IG Metall and GM. According to Reuters, “UAW President Bob King, who is a member of Opel’s supervisory board, said on Tuesday that workers at GM’s […]

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UAW boss Bob King told Opel’s Bochum workers to vote again, and to this time accept a deal that had been worked out between the German metal worker union IG Metall and GM. According to Reuters, “UAW President Bob King, who is a member of Opel’s supervisory board, said on Tuesday that workers at GM’s […]

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GM Closes Bochum, Opens Itself To Costly Fight Over Severance Pay http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/gm-closes-opel-opens-itself-to-costly-fight-over-severance-pay/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/gm-closes-opel-opens-itself-to-costly-fight-over-severance-pay/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:24:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485196 Opel’s Supervisory Board, with half of its members delegates of the labor union, decided today the first closure of a German car factory in decades. According to Reuters, “Opel will end producing Zafira MPVs at its 50-year old Bochum plant by the end of next year, a move that has triggered a rare and public […]

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Opel’s Supervisory Board, with half of its members delegates of the labor union, decided today the first closure of a German car factory in decades. According to Reuters, “Opel will end producing Zafira MPVs at its 50-year old Bochum plant by the end of next year, a move that has triggered a rare and public […]

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Renault and French Unions Agree: No Plant Closures, 7,500 Jobs Cut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/renault-and-french-unions-agree-no-plant-closures-7500-jobs-cut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/renault-and-french-unions-agree-no-plant-closures-7500-jobs-cut/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:56:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481293 In what Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn described as a “historic” event, the automaker has come to an agreement with the three unions representing its French workers that will keep five Renault factories in France running until at least 2016 while using attrition and retirements to reduce their workforce by 7,500 employees. To keep all of […]

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In what Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn described as a “historic” event, the automaker has come to an agreement with the three unions representing its French workers that will keep five Renault factories in France running until at least 2016 while using attrition and retirements to reduce their workforce by 7,500 employees. To keep all of […]

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Trying To Sort Through The Opel Mess: It’s A Pre-Programmed Crash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/trying-to-sort-through-the-opel-mess-its-a-pre-programmed-crash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/trying-to-sort-through-the-opel-mess-its-a-pre-programmed-crash/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:28:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479624   I have been trying to make heads or tails out of yesterday’s contradicting news about the big deal between Opel and the unions, and so does German media. So much is clear: The truth and GM’s press release about a “successful conclusion” of the negotiations with the Opel works council are miles apart. There […]

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  I have been trying to make heads or tails out of yesterday’s contradicting news about the big deal between Opel and the unions, and so does German media. So much is clear: The truth and GM’s press release about a “successful conclusion” of the negotiations with the Opel works council are miles apart. There […]

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GM’s Euro-Trash: All Agree On Opel Deal, Except For The Union Boss http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/gms-euro-trash-all-agree-on-opel-deal-except-for-the-union-boss/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/gms-euro-trash-all-agree-on-opel-deal-except-for-the-union-boss/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:51:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479453 Messy, messy, messy: Can’t even close a proper deal with the unions. GM and the unions have an agreement. It is basically as reported this morning. The deal has the signatures of management and unions. One signature is missing, reports Die Welt: That of Bochum works council chief Rainer Einenkel. With the missing signature, there […]

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Messy, messy, messy: Can’t even close a proper deal with the unions. GM and the unions have an agreement. It is basically as reported this morning. The deal has the signatures of management and unions. One signature is missing, reports Die Welt: That of Bochum works council chief Rainer Einenkel. With the missing signature, there […]

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Armistice Confusion At Opel: Unions 2, Girsky Nil – Wait, Game Not Over? Never Mind … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/armistice-at-opel-unions-2-girsky-nil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/armistice-at-opel-unions-2-girsky-nil/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:26:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479422   If you think that GM will get a handle on its abundant capacity problems in Europe – abandon all hope. Or rather: Postpone hope for until after 2016, or maybe later. Also, write off any  expectations that Steve Girksy would successfully play hardball with German Metalworker Unions. Deadball is more likely. With the decision […]

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  If you think that GM will get a handle on its abundant capacity problems in Europe – abandon all hope. Or rather: Postpone hope for until after 2016, or maybe later. Also, write off any  expectations that Steve Girksy would successfully play hardball with German Metalworker Unions. Deadball is more likely. With the decision […]

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