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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.

Jun 2, 2014

UAW meets to select new president, consider dues increase

DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union opened a four-day convention on Monday where 1,100 members will select a new president and decide whether to approve the first dues increase since 1967.

Dennis Williams, the union’s 61-year-old secretary-treasurer, is expected to be elected president on Wednesday. He was selected last November by union leaders to head a slate of officers for four-year terms.

May 30, 2014

Retiring UAW chief sees road paved for union gains in South

DETROIT (Reuters) – Retiring United Auto Workers President Bob King said that while he did not achieve his goal of organizing a foreign-owned auto plant on U.S. soil, he believes he laid the groundwork for more than one to be brought into the union fold in the next president’s term.

King, 67, said the UAW remains actively involved in talks with Volkswagen AG about representing workers at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, where the union lost a close vote in February despite having tacit support from VW.

May 29, 2014

Ford recalls nearly 1.4 million vehicles in North America

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it is recalling 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America, most for the possible loss of power steering.

About 1.186 million of the vehicles Ford said it is recalling are in the United States. That figure is only 2,200 shy of the total number of vehicles that Ford recalled in the United States during all of last year.

May 15, 2014

Kia tries to burnish image with $66,000 luxury K900 car

DETROIT, May 15 (Reuters) – Kia Motors Corp is
out to change its image among Americans as a low-priced value
brand with the recently launched $66,000 luxury K900 sedan, but
analysts said it should expect an uphill climb.

Kia, the South Korean automaker with the same corporate
parent as Hyundai Motor Co, has been asking U.S.
consumers to “challenge the luxury you know” since its February
Super Bowl ad featuring Laurence Fishburne who reprised his role
in the futuristic “The Matrix” movie trilogy.

May 13, 2014

Fiat Chrysler will be OK if it misses lofty targets – Marchionne

TIPTON, Indiana, May 13 (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne
said the company will be much stronger than it is today at the
end of his plan to sell 7 million cars by 2018, even if it
misses the targets he set forth last week.

“The targets are the targets. But even if I miss it by 10
percent, from where I am today, it’s like (the) midget and the
Jolly Green Giant,” Marchionne said at the dedication of a new
transmission plant in Tipton, Indiana, on Tuesday.