Ford to Close Michigan Engine Factory

Ford CEO Jim Hackett Ford CEO Jim Hackett by Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. is closing a Michigan engine factory as part of the tentative agreement it reached with the United Auto Workers Oct. 30, as the automaker begins to shift from traditional internal combustion engines to battery-powered vehicles.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
October 31, 2019
Business, Equipment

General Motors Workers Ratify Contract, 40-Day Strike to End

UAW member votes on GM contract General Motors workers enter and exit a polling station. A new contract was ratified, ending a strike that began Sept. 16. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press

ROMULUS, Mich. — Striking General Motors factory workers will put down their picket signs after approving a new contract that will end a 40-day strike that paralyzed the company’s U.S. production.

October 25, 2019
Business, Logistics

GM Losing Patience With UAW Over Nearly Monthlong Strike

General Motors General Motors CEO Mary Barra (Bryan Mitchell/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co.’s chief labor negotiator suggested the United Auto Workers is dragging its feet in responding to the automaker’s latest contract offer in a show of frustration with a strike that’s lumbering toward the one-month mark.

October 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

GM Factory Hands Making 40% Less Than Their Coworkers

General Motors Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News

The future of temps has been among the major impasses contributing to the United Auto Workers union’s strike against GM, now in its 25th day.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
October 10, 2019

Union Says Talks With GM Have ‘Taken a Turn for the Worse’

Employee pickets outside the GM Fabrication Division in Parma, Ohio Charles Cooke, a 20-year employee, pickets outside the General Motors Fabrication Division on Oct. 4, 2019, in Parma, Ohio. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)

The strike at General Motors Co. entered its fourth week with the United Auto Workers union and the carmaker at an impasse over investment in U.S. factories, overshadowing progress made in recent days on other key issues.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
October 7, 2019

GM Reverses Course, Says Strikers Will Keep Health Coverage

United Auto Workers strike sign A sign is posted during a demonstration outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pa., on Sept. 23, 2019. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

DETROIT — General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid health insurance, nine days after telling the union that coverage would be cut off.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
September 26, 2019
Government, Business

GM Strike in US Leads to 5,000 Layoffs in Canada, Union Says

GEneral Motors Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News

About 5,000 workers in Canada have been put on leave due to the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors Co. in the U.S., according to the union.

September 23, 2019
Business, Logistics

GM Makes Concessions on Big-Ticket Employee Health Care

UAW strike against General Motors Members of the UAW protest outside a General Motors plant. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

As GM was nearing the expiration of its labor contract with the union last week, the carmaker sought to have hourly workers pay 15% of their health care costs, according to sources familiar with the talks. But by the time the company presented UAW with a deadline offer, GM walked back the proposal and called for keeping contributions steady at about 4%, said the sources.

September 18, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Striking GM Workers, Union Far From Agreement

UAW strike against General Motors UAW members are on strike against General Motors. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers remain far apart in their talks over a new contract, according to the union’s top negotiator, making it less likely a strike called Sept. 15 will end within two days like a previous work stoppage did in 2007.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
September 17, 2019

Auto Workers Strike Against GM in Contract Dispute

Picketers in Hamtramck, Mich. United Auto Workers members picket outside the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich., early Sept. 16. (Paul Sancya/AP)

DETROIT — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Sept. 16 as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.

September 16, 2019