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Feb 20, 2015

UAW chief: Raise worker pay, keep companies competitive

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (Reuters) – United Auto Workers President
Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an “injustice” if
workers at the Detroit Three automakers don’t get a raise in
contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the
companies remain competitive.

Williams, in an interview on Thursday with the Reuters
editorial board in New York, gave a glimpse of the union’s
approach to this summer’s contract talks with General Motors Co
, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
.

Feb 20, 2015

UAW chief wants a raise for workers, but not too much

NEW YORK (Reuters) – United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams told Reuters it would be an “injustice” if workers at the Detroit Three automakers don’t get a raise in contracts this year, but he said the union must also ensure the companies remain competitive.

Williams, in an interview on Thursday with the Reuters editorial board in New York, gave a glimpse of the union’s approach to this summer’s contract talks with General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Feb 16, 2015

VW recognizes anti-UAW worker group ACE at Tennessee plant

DETROIT, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG said
on Monday it had recognized a new group called the American
Council of Employees to represent workers at its auto assembly
plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in addition to the United Auto
Workers.

Each worker group will represent workers in an
unconventional manner set up by VW that allows more than one
group to meet with plant management.

Feb 5, 2015

Delphi expects vehicle safety system sales to jump 50 pct for years

DETROIT, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Delphi Automotive Plc
said sales of advanced vehicle-safety systems would jump 50
percent annually for the next several years, sending the auto
supplier’s shares up to a record high Thursday.

The outlook by once-bankrupt Delphi highlights a shift among
big auto suppliers to the design of software-powered vehicle
systems from the manufacture of mechanical parts.

Feb 4, 2015

GM reports higher-than-expected profit despite recall costs

DETROIT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – General Motors Co on
Wednesday posted fourth-quarter earnings far above analysts’
expectations as strong sales of high-margin SUVs and trucks in
North America helped offset record recall costs there, and its
shares rose more than 4 percent.

Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens told reporters that
profitability would improve in all geographic markets in 2015
and that the company was “very much on the path to 10 percent
margins (in North America) in 2016.”

Feb 4, 2015

Ford adding 1,550 jobs for F-150 production, promotes UAW workers

DETROIT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on
Wednesday it is adding 1,550 workers at four plants to build the
new aluminum body F-150 pickup truck.

The company also said that for the first time it is
promoting union-represented workers from the lower entry-level
wage to the pay veteran plant workers make. Between 300 and 500
workers will have been promoted by the end of the first quarter,
Ford said.

Feb 3, 2015

Fiat Chrysler N. America profit margins hit by recall costs

DETROIT, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Extra costs for recalls last year
cut a full percentage point from North American profit margins
for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles , the company
said on Tuesday, with an unplanned repair bill of about $830
million.

Richard Palmer, the company’s chief financial officer, said
that without the extra recall costs, profit margins at FCA in
North America would have been 5.2 percent for the year rather
than the 4.2 percent the company achieved.

Feb 2, 2015

Nissan rejects U.S. government offer to mediate Mississippi UAW row

DETROIT, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co has
rejected a U.S. State Department offer to mediate a dispute
between the company and the United Auto Workers over claims of
anti-union practices as the UAW tries to organize workers in
Mississippi.

The UAW was joined by the umbrella labor group IndustriALL
Global Union Federation last April in asking the State
Department for its help.

Jan 29, 2015

Driver killed in Houston crash in Honda with Takata air bags

DETROIT, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co said on
Thursday that a driver was killed last week in a Houston suburb
in a 2002 Accord equipped with a Takata Corp air bag
that may have ruptured.

The Harris County Sheriff is investigating the crash, which
occurred Jan. 18 in Spring, Texas, north of Houston, and
identified the driver as 35-year-old Carlos Solis. According to
the county medical examiner’s preliminary report, Solis died of
“blunt force injuries to the neck.”

Jan 29, 2015

Ford results highlight pressure on profit margins

Jan 29 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co has two big
challenges in 2015 – narrowing its loss in Europe where it
trails key rivals, and rebuilding North American margins which
drive overall profits.

Ford reported fourth-quarter results Thursday and lowered
its 2015 forecast for Europe, saying it will not lose as much as
the $1 billion it lost last year.