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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.

Dec 7, 2012

Michigan “right-to-work” law exempts existing union contracts

LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) – The proposed Michigan “right-to-work” law will not apply to existing union contracts, a leading sponsor of the proposal said on Friday, which may blunt its immediate impact on the huge auto industry in the state.

Michigan Republicans pushed through the state legislature on Thursday a law making the payment of union dues voluntary in the private sector. The state Senate also voted to apply this to the public sector except for police and fire unions.

Dec 6, 2012

U.S. carmakers not worried – yet – about oversupply

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit automakers said on Wednesday they will not revert to practices like pushing consumer incentives to profit-eating levels even as they deal with oversupply on some key models.

Heading into the 2008-2009 downturn in the auto industry and the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, U.S. automakers routinely overproduced in order to keep factories running and then piled on consumer incentives to prop up sales.

Dec 3, 2012

Pace of November auto sales races to near five-year high

By Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall

(Reuters) – Auto sales in November were helped by a rebound from storm-ravaged October and the need to replace aging vehicles which put the industry on pace for a near five-year high and left executives optimistic about 2013.

Sales in November were on pace to top an annual rate of 15 million vehicles, which would mark the highest level since the 15.5 million rate of February 2008.

Dec 3, 2012

Pace of Nov US auto sales races to near 5-year high

Dec 3 (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales in November were helped by
a rebound from storm-ravaged October and the need to replace
aging vehicles which put the industry on pace for a near
five-year high and left executives optimistic about 2013.

Sales in November were on pace to top an annual rate of 15
million vehicles, which would mark the highest level since the
15.5 million rate of February 2008.

Dec 3, 2012

Several automakers post strong new-car sales

By Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall

(Reuters) – Auto sales in November were helped by a rebound from storm-ravaged October and the need to replace aging vehicles which put the industry on pace for a near five-year high and left executives optimistic about 2013.

Sales in November were on pace to top an annual rate of 15 million vehicles, which would mark the highest level since the 15.5 million rate of February 2008.