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Sep 15, 2015

UAW, FCA still negotiating under ‘hour-by-hour’ contract extension

DETROIT – (Reuters) – Negotiators for the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) continued bargaining on Tuesday over wages and benefits for about 40,000 U.S. workers as the union delayed calling for strikes at the company’s most profitable operations.

The two sides said they agreed early Tuesday to extend their old contract, which expired at 12:01 a.m. EDT, “on an hour-by-hour basis.” The UAW had still not called for walkouts as of 7:30 a.m. as workers started reporting for morning shifts in the U.S. Midwest.

Sep 14, 2015

UAW, Fiat Chrysler labor talks continue as deadline looms in U.S.

DETROIT (Reuters) – Negotiators for Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles and the United Auto Workers union
continued bargaining Monday evening with hours to go before a
12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) Tuesday deadline after which the U.S.
union could call for a strike.

At issue are proposals to overhaul a two-tier pay system the
UAW wants eliminated and to restructure company health plans to
curb rising costs, people familiar with the process said.

Sep 13, 2015

UAW picks Fiat Chrysler as target company in labor talks

DETROIT, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
is the target company in labor negotiations
between the United Auto Workers union and the three Detroit
automakers, the UAW said on Sunday.

Contracts for all three of the Detroit automakers, including
Ford Motor Co and General Motors Co expire late
Monday night.

Sep 13, 2015

UAW, U.S. automakers meet through weekend, Monday deadline looms

DETROIT, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Negotiating teams from the
United Auto Workers union and the three Detroit automakers met
through the weekend trying to reach agreements before the expiry
of labor contracts late Monday night.

UAW President Dennis Williams last week said that he will
pick a “target” company by the day the contracts expire. He had
not made public his choice as of midday Sunday.

Sep 8, 2015

In haven for Mideast emigres, a hope U.S. will take more refugees

By Bernie Woodall

DEARBORN, Mich. (Reuters) РAkeel Asady, the usually cheerful part-owner of Iraqi Kabob restaurant, lifted a kitchen towel draped over his left shoulder to wipe tears that formed seconds after he spoke of the 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned last week during his refugee family’s desperate attempt to make it to Greece.

Asady was once a refugee who fled Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq in the early 1990s and lived in a tent in Saudi Arabia’s desert for more than two years before a Christian agency brought him to the United States.

Sep 3, 2015

Detroit Three show interest in UAW healthcare overhaul idea

DETROIT (Reuters) – The Detroit Three automakers are showing increased interest in the United Auto Workers union’s proposal that they pool their healthcare systems, a sign that contract talks between the union and manufacturers are down to the big money issues.

The UAW and bargainers for General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) face a Sept. 14 deadline to negotiate new labor agreements for 142,000 U.S. workers. Rising healthcare costs have emerged as a stumbling block in the way of raises for blue collar workers.

Sep 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler August U.S. sales rise 2 percent, top estimates

DETROIT (Reuters) – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(FCHA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday led off major automakers reporting U.S. August sales, posting a stronger-than-expected rise of 2 percent, boosted by SUV and pickup truck sales.

FCA predicted that the auto industry in August will continue its recent trend of robust sales that are stronger than the overall U.S. economy, and will outstrip an estimate of 17.3 million vehicles for the industry on an annualized rate found by a Thomson Reuters poll of 47 economists.

Aug 18, 2015

Exclusive: Most of Buick’s future U.S. cars may come from overseas

DETROIT (Reuters) – Most Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 could be imported from China and Europe, according to two sources familiar with parent General Motors Co’s (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans.

Only two of Buick’s future U.S. models, replacements for the mid-size LaCrosse sedan and the large Enclave crossover, are expected to be built in North America, according to the sources, who did not want to be identified because their companies work with GM.

Aug 13, 2015

Exclusive: GM boosting production of big SUVs and trucks – sources

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is boosting production of its highly profitable large SUVs and trucks to a pace that could result in 48,000 to 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year, in a bid to capitalize on rising demand, sources told Reuters.

GM’s Arlington, Texas, plant that makes full-sized sport utility vehicles including the Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet Suburban added Saturday overtime shifts beginning on Aug. 1, a GM spokesman confirmed on Thursday. GM is also expected to boost output of pickup trucks, other people familiar with the company’s plans said, but it was not clear how that would be done.

Aug 13, 2015

GM boosting production of big SUVs and trucks -sources

DETROIT, Aug 13 (Reuters) – General Motors Co is
boosting production of its highly profitable large SUVs and
trucks to a pace that could result in 48,000 to 60,000
additional vehicles for the 2016 model year, in a bid to
capitalize on rising demand, sources told Reuters.

GM’s Arlington, Texas, plant that makes full-sized sport
utility vehicles including the Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet
Suburban added Saturday overtime shifts beginning on Aug. 1, a
GM spokesman confirmed on Thursday. GM is also expected to boost
output of pickup trucks, other people familiar with the
company’s plans said, but it was not clear how that would be
done.