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Dec 27, 2012

Toyota to settle acceleration cases for over $1 billion

DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp has proposed spending $1.1 billion to install safety systems and provide cash payments to customers to resolve sweeping U.S. class-action litigation over claims that millions of the Japanese automaker’s vehicles accelerate unintentionally.

About 16 million Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles sold in the United States from the model years 1998 to 2010 are covered by the action, according to court filings made public on Wednesday. Thirty models are affected, including the top-selling Toyota Camry midsize sedan and Corolla compact car.

Dec 27, 2012

Toyota seeks to settle acceleration cases for $1.1 billion

DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp has proposed spending $1.1 billion to install safety systems and provide cash payments to customers to resolve sweeping U.S. class-action litigation over claims that millions of the Japanese automaker’s vehicles accelerate unintentionally.

About 16 million Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles sold in the United States from the model years 1998 to 2010 are covered by the action, according to court filings made public on Wednesday. Thirty models are affected, including the top-selling Toyota Camry midsize sedan and Corolla compact car.

Dec 17, 2012

Chrysler wins initial approval for Indiana transmission plant

By Bernie Woodall

(Reuters) – Chrysler Group LLC (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is expected to build the industry’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in late 2013 at a plant north of Indianapolis if it wins final approval of a 10-year tax break from local authorities, according to a source familiar with the company’s plans.

The automaker on Monday received preliminary approval of the tax abatement from Tipton County, Indiana. Chrysler has said it plans to invest $162 million in a transmission plant there if the Tipton City Council finalizes the tax deal on Tuesday.

Dec 13, 2012

Michigan Governor Snyder’s evolution on contentious labor law

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday that makes Michigan, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers, the 24th U.S. state to enact a “right-to-work” law that limits the rights of labor unions in the workplace.

The signing marked a whirlwind six days from introduction to final approval of the legislation, but a day that Republicans said was years in the planning.

Dec 13, 2012

Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan’s powerful unions

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs in the faded industrial powerhouse.

Those skills paid off handsomely for the first-term Republican this week as Governor Rick Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work state.

Dec 13, 2012

How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan’s powerful unions

, Dec 13 (Reuters) – As a trained aerospace
engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis
and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a
Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs
in the faded industrial powerhouse.

Those skills paid off handsomely for the first-term
Republican this week as Governor Rick Snyder signed into law
bills co-sponsored by Colbeck that ban mandatory union
membership, making Michigan the nation’s 24th right-to-work
state.

Dec 12, 2012

Michigan weakens union rights in home of auto industry

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – Michigan enacted a ban on mandatory union membership on Tuesday, dealing a stunning blow to organized labor in the state that is home to U.S. automakers and the symbol of industrial labor in the United States.

As more than 12,000 unionized workers and supporters protested at the Capitol in Lansing, the Republican-led state House of Representatives gave final approval to a pair of “right-to-work” bills covering public- and private-sector unions.

Dec 11, 2012

Protesters to march on Michigan capitol over ‘right-to-work’ vote

, Dec 11 (Reuters) – As many as 10,000 labor
union workers from throughout Michigan and the U.S. Midwest are
expected to march on the Michigan Capitol building in freezing
temperatures on Tuesday to protest likely passage of a
“right-to-work” law.

The Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives
will consider two and perhaps three bills on Tuesday that would
prohibit unions from compelling private sector workers and
government employees to pay union dues.

Dec 10, 2012

Michigan protests unlikely to stop “right-to-work” laws

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – Republicans are likely to approve contentious “right-to-work” measures in the union stronghold of Michigan on Tuesday despite thousands of people converging on the state capital to protest proposed laws they say would lower wages and hurt workers.

Organizers expect as many as 10,000 unionized workers to go to the state capital of Lansing on Tuesday, some taking a day off from jobs, to demonstrate against the laws which would make union membership and dues payment voluntary.

Dec 9, 2012

Michigan unions to protest “right-to-work” measures this week

DETROIT, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Union members and others opposed
to Michigan becoming a “right-to-work” state plan major protests
in the state capital this week to try to stop Republicans from
restricting labor unions in the cradle of the unionized U.S.
auto industry.

Right-to-work opponents will begin to converge on Lansing on
Monday, organizers said, and they expect thousands at the rally
on Tuesday when the state legislature reconvenes.