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Jun 13, 2014

Exclusive: Complaint about shutting off Camaro with knee dates back a year

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators received a complaint about a Chevrolet Camaro driver accidentally shutting off the car with a knee more than a year before General Motors on Friday recalled half a million of the sports cars over the issue, which is similar to the defect linked to 13 deaths in older GM small cars.

Regulators have received at least 18 consumer complaints since 2009 about Camaros involving engines stalling or sudden loss of power, a Reuters review of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database showed. The first of two describing turning off the car with a knee is from April 2013.

Jun 13, 2014

GM issues another ignition switch recall, for Chevy Camaros

DETROIT, (Reuters) – In a product recall that echoes the one that has plunged General Motors Co GM.N into a safety crisis, the automaker on Friday said it will recall 511,528 current model Chevrolet Camaro cars, mainly in North America, to correct an issue with the ignition switch.

GM said a driver’s knee can bump the key fob and move the ignition switch out of the “run” position, causing the engine to shut off.

Jun 12, 2014

Tesla Motors to share patents to spur electric car development

DETROIT (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Thursday said it would allow others to use its intellectual property in hopes of speeding up development of electric cars by all manufacturers.

Tesla co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the company would not take legal action against anyone who “in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

Jun 11, 2014

Fiat Chrysler names first 86 Alfa Romeo dealers in North America

DETROIT (Reuters) – The first 86 dealerships to relaunch the sporty Alfa Romeo brand in North America, most of them now selling Fiat cars, were announced on Tuesday by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The 83 Fiat dealerships and three Maserati dealerships will be the first to sell the limited-edition Alfa Romeo 4C sports car later this year. It is the first time new Alfa models will be sold in North America since 1996.

Jun 5, 2014

UAW to unveil new plan to organize Mercedes-Benz Alabama plant

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday it will announce as soon as next week a plan to organize workers at the Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama.

Gary Casteel, the union’s newly elected secretary-treasurer, said the UAW will reveal its plan for workers at the Daimler plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama “probably in the coming week.”

Jun 5, 2014

UAW’s Williams to U.S. automakers: “no more concessions”

DETROIT, June 5 (Reuters) – Newly elected United Auto
Workers President Dennis Williams warned major U.S. automakers
who negotiate with the union next year that he supports the
financial health of the companies, but that “enough is enough”
when it comes to concessions.

Veteran UAW auto workers at the three major U.S. automakers
have not received a raise in nearly a decade and in recent
contract talks the union allowed the creation and expansion of a
two-tiered wage structure.

Jun 4, 2014

UAW elects Dennis Williams as president

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union elected Dennis Williams to a four-year term as its president on Wednesday, putting him in charge of a union facing tricky contract talks with Detroit’s “Big Three” automakers next year.

Williams, 61, has said he will serve only a single term as president of the 78-year-old union.

Jun 4, 2014

Unifor to strike JCI if company shuts Ontario plant

DETROIT, June 4 (Reuters) – Unifor, which represents
Canadian auto workers, will strike at Johnson Controls Inc’s
Whitby, Ontario, plant if the parts maker does not
reverse its plan to close the facility in a couple of years, the
head of the union said on Wednesday.

Unifor President Jerry Dias said at the United Auto Workers
convention in Detroit that the Canadian union would “shut down
GM” at its Oshawa plant, which gets interiors and seats from
Whitby, unless JCI changes its plans.

Jun 3, 2014

UAW hikes dues for first time since 1967 to bolster strike fund

DETROIT, June 3 (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union
raised its membership dues for the first time since 1967 on
Tuesday, hiking them 25 percent to replenish a depleted fund to
support workers who go out on strike.

Union members will pay dues equal to 2.5 hours of regular
monthly pay, up from two hours a month.

Jun 2, 2014

UAW’s King says union needs to act globally, as corporations do

DETROIT, June 2 (Reuters) – Retiring United Auto Workers
President Bob King said in his farewell address on Monday said
that if the union is to regain the power it once had it will
have to make itself a global player, including organizing
foreign automakers in the United States.

All of the corporations the UAW deals with leverage their
power globally, said King in a speech at the UAW’s convention in
Detroit. The UAW and unions around the world must support one
another or be doomed to be increasingly marginalized.