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Bad News for United Auto Workers President

The feds accuse Gary Jones of embezzlement

(Newser) - The president of United Auto Workers has stepped aside while a federal embezzlement probe closes in on him, the Wall Street Journal reports. Gary Jones took a leave of absence—paid leave, in other words—only days after a top aide was formally charged. But the charge against Edward Robinson,... More »

Tentative Deal Reached to End Auto Worker Strike

GM, UAW reach tentative deal

(Newser) - Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's US factories to a standstill. The deal, which the union says offers "major gains" for workers, was hammered out after months of... More »

GM, Workers Hit a Big Snag —and Mexico Plays a Role

United Auto Workers want commitments for US factories

(Newser) - Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for US factories, a union official wrote in an email to members, the AP reports. The letter from UAW Vice... More »

49K Striking Auto Workers Shut Down 33 Plants

UAW workers strike against GM

(Newser) - More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the US, as well as 22 parts... More »

49K Auto Workers to Strike by Midnight

Negotiations break down between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors

(Newser) - The United Auto Workers union announced that its roughly 49,000 members at General Motors plants in the US will go on strike Sunday night because contract negotiations with the automaker had broken down, the AP reports. The decision came after about 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favor... More »

FBI Raids Home of UAW Union Boss

There was 'absolutely no need' for search, union says

(Newser) - FBI agents swooped in on the homes of United Auto Workers union president Gary Jones and predecessor Dennis Williams Wednesday, apparently as part of a wide-ranging probe of alleged corruption. Federal agents also targeted the union's northern Michigan retreat and a local UAW office in Missouri, among other addresses,... More »

GM Workers Earn Record-Setting Bonus

Unionized workers will get up to $12,000 later this month

(Newser) - Score one for unions. The Detroit Free Press reports 52,000 hourly workers at General Motors will receive an up-to-$12,000 bonus later this month after the company netted a $12 billion profit in North America last year. The bonuses are part of a profit-sharing agreement negotiated by the United... More »

VW Labor Chief to South: Get Unions or No More Deals

Union in Germany will block moves

(Newser) - The head of Volkswagen's General Works Councils in Germany is threatening to block any further investment in the southern United States, Reuters reports, after workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voted against union representation . "I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided... More »

Why Labor Lost Its Crucial VW Vote

Pundits weigh in on what the UAW needs to do now

(Newser) - On Friday, the United Auto Workers union lost what had been hyped as a make-or-break vote for the future of the labor movement, as Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected a company-backed plan to unionize. Why did that happen, and what does it mean for unions? Here's what people... More »

Seminal Moment for Auto Industry: Today's VW Vote

Republicans urging workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., not to unionize

(Newser) - Some 1,570 workers at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant will today finish a vote started Wednesday on whether they want to join the United Auto Workers union, in a potential turning point for the labor movement and the Southern auto industry. The UAW has never managed to organize a... More »

Right-to-Work Becomes Law in Michigan

Thousands protest in Lansing

(Newser) - It's a huge day for labor in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a pair of right-to-work bills that make it illegal to require the payment of union dues in order to work, the Detroit Free Press reports. The state's House of Representatives passed the bills earlier today.... More »

What We Learned Last Night

Obama's win reveals a lot about the electorate, the race

(Newser) - The dust has cleared, the votes have been counted, and Barack Obama stands victorious. What did we learn? What did this entire long election drama mean? Politico and CNN break down some takeaways from the big night:
  • Team Romney was bluffing. Romney's campaign said it had a chance in
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Clinton: Romney's Dad 'Turning Over in Grave'

Saving auto industry is Obama's greatest achievement, Bill says

(Newser) - Bill Clinton got personal yesterday while attacking Mitt Romney over his opposition to the auto industry bailout. "Every time I hear Mr. Romney talking about this I think his daddy must be turning over in his grave. We could not afford to lose a million and a half to... More »

American Went Bankrupt to Undercut Union

Healthy companies use bankruptcy to cut labor costs: Stephen Gandel

(Newser) - American Airlines has $4 billion in the bank, doesn’t need emergency financing, and feels quite confident it can keep paying its vendors, business partners, and creditors in full. So where was the crisis that pushed it into bankruptcy ? “It doesn’t appear there was any,” writes... More »

Chrysler Suspends Workers Accused of Drinking

Local TV crew films men at nearby park

(Newser) - "Work hard, party harder." Some workers at a Chrysler engine plant in Michigan might use this phrase to describe their ethic, but unfortunately, a local TV crew from WJBK-TV says it filmed only the latter. Chrysler suspended nine employees without pay after they were seen allegedly smoking pot... More »

GM Doles Out Biggest Profit-Sharing Checks Ever

The company's 45K hourly workers to get around $4K each

(Newser) - General Motors will hand out profit-sharing checks totaling $189 million this year, or more than $4,000 per worker, the company announced today. That more than doubles the automaker’s previous record of $1,775, set in 2000, according to the New York Times . The payout will be less than... More »

Ford Posts $1B Q3 Profit

Surprise swing to black driven by cost cuts, Cash for Clunkers

(Newser) - Ford earned $1 billion in the third quarter, fueled by US market share gains, cost cuts, and the government's Cash for Clunkers rebates. The automaker, reporting net income of $997 million, or 29 cents per share. says it now expects to be "solidly profitable" in 2011. The company lost... More »

UAW Overwhelmingly Backs GM Concessions

(Newser) - United Auto Workers members have ratified a package of concessions designed to reduce General Motors' labor costs. Union president Ron Gettelfinger said today 74% of GM's production and skilled-trade workers voted in favor. The vote comes before the company's expected Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing Monday. Bankruptcy experts say having... More »

US Likely to Own 70% of Bankrupt GM

(Newser) - If General Motors goes into bankruptcy next Monday—as is widely expected—the US government will own 70% of the automaker, the New York Times reports. Under a plan that GM officials detailed today to union members, the UAW would take a 17.5% stake though its health care fund,... More »

GM, UAW Cut Deal on Labor, Health Care

Tentative pact may save struggling auto giant more than $1B

(Newser) - Monitored by the Treasury department, General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative deal to modify conditions of their labor contract and retiree health care trust, which could save the flatlining automaker more than $1 billion. Still, Chapter 11 bankruptcy remains likely for GM, and union reps... More »

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