united auto workers http://michiganradio.org en GM shareholders are in Detroit, and so are protesters http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-shareholders-are-detroit-and-so-are-protesters <p>GM shareholders meet today at the automaker’s Detroit headquarters—with protesters circling outside the Renaissance Center.</p><p>The protesters include family members of people who died in GM cars that have since been recalled.</p><p>GM has acknowledged 13 deaths as a result of faulty ignition switches. But victim’s advocates say that number is much higher, possibly more than 100.</p><p>Laura Christian’s daughter, Amber Marie Rose, died when the airbag in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt failed to deploy.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:23:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17933 at http://michiganradio.org GM shareholders are in Detroit, and so are protesters Week in Michigan politics: Detroit's grand bargain, UAW dues, and roads http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroits-grand-bargain-uaw-dues-and-roads <p></p><p>This&nbsp;<em>Week in Michigan Politics,&nbsp;</em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss how lawmakers approved giving&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-commit-195-million-detroits-bankruptcy-reorganization">$195 million </a>to Detroit, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-industry-unions-future-remains-be-seen">the state of the United Auto Workers</a>&nbsp;after members agreed to raise fees for the first time in nearly 50 years, and why lawmakers can't agree on road funding.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:50:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17850 at http://michiganradio.org Week in Michigan politics: Detroit's grand bargain, UAW dues, and roads UAW claims coercion, appeals 'no' vote at Tennessee auto plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-claims-coercion-appeals-no-vote-tennessee-auto-plant <p>The United Auto Workers is blaming outside interference for its defeat this month in a union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p></p><p>The UAW filed an appeal of that vote today with the National Labor Relations Board.</p><p></p><p>In the days leading up to the vote, numerous Tennessee politicians threatened to kill millions of dollars of state incentives for an expansion of the plant if the workers voted to unionize.</p><p></p><p>In the end, plant workers voted down the union by a narrow margin.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:21:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 16555 at http://michiganradio.org UAW claims coercion, appeals 'no' vote at Tennessee auto plant Marking the end of the Flint Sit Down Strike http://michiganradio.org/post/marking-end-flint-sit-down-strike <p>Saturday marks the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the&nbsp;end of&nbsp;the&nbsp;Flint&nbsp;Sit Down Strike.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Hundreds of UAW members gathered in Flint&nbsp;today&nbsp;to commemorate the pivotal moment in the history of the union movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Union members honored in song the six surviving sit down strikers and women&rsquo;s brigade members who gathered to mark the anniversary of the strike that many say legitimized the United Auto Workers union.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:23:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 6186 at http://michiganradio.org Marking the end of the Flint Sit Down Strike UAW local voting on strike authorization http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-local-voting-strike-authorization <p>United&nbsp;Auto Workers&nbsp;members are voting on whether to <a href="http://www.local602.org/">authorize a strike </a>at General Motors&rsquo;&nbsp;Lansing Delta Township plant.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The vote centers on several workplace issues.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:45:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 5304 at http://michiganradio.org UAW local voting on strike authorization GM, UAW to announce details of tentative contract on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-uaw-announce-details-tentative-contract-tuesday <p>Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler and Ford continue this week, after GM became the first to settle on the terms of a tentative agreement with the union, late Friday.</p><p>Officials with the union and the automaker will release details of the contract on Tuesday at an 11:00 a.m. press conference.</p><p>The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that the GM contract probably includes a signing bonus for workers if they agree to the deal, and a pay increase for entry-level workers.</p><p>Plus, GM is expected to agree to add more jobs in the U.S.</p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:21:03 +0000 Tracy Samilton 4206 at http://michiganradio.org GM, UAW to announce details of tentative contract on Tuesday GM may ask for (and get) pay-for-performance clause in UAW contract http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-may-ask-and-get-pay-performance-clause-uaw-contract <p>A top GM executive said Thursday that the automaker wants to peg United Auto workers&#39; pay to their job performance. Workers who turn out quality vehicles would benefit financially.</p><p>&quot;We want to pay for the performance,&quot; GM North American President Mark Reuss told reporters at an industry conference.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&ldquo;All of those things that I get measured on, I want everybody else measured on, too.&rdquo;</p><p>That would be a big change at GM, where the current UAW contract expires Sept. 14.</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 04:02:01 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3623 at http://michiganradio.org GM may ask for (and get) pay-for-performance clause in UAW contract Can the UAW Survive? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-uaw-survive <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-977199.mp3</p><p>Later this month, contact talks are set to begin between the United Auto Workers&rsquo; union and Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a temptation to feel nostalgic about that. This has been a time-honored tradition in Detroit since the 1940s. Every three years, negotiations began, and the union selected a strike target.</p><p>That target could have been any one of what were then referred to as the Big Three. Negotiations followed a system called &ldquo;pattern bargaining,&rdquo; which meant the union and the selected company would battle things out to a settlement.</p><p>Sometimes a deal could be reached without a strike; sometimes not. Once a deal was reached, the other two automakers would settle with the union on essentially the same terms.</p><p>During the glorious fat years of postwar prosperity, the bargaining scenario also followed a predictable pattern.&nbsp; When negotiations began, the company would offer the union the equivalent of a crust of bread. The union would demand the moon, plus a kitchen sink with gold-plated handles. Eventually, with or without a strike, they&rsquo;d reach a deal where the union got the moon, but had to settle for a sink with plain old chromium handles.</p><p>Walter Reuther would then promise to get the gold-plated ones in the next contract, and he usually would. But everything is different now. Chrysler and GM went through a near-death experience two years ago. As part of the price for the federal government&rsquo;s saving them, the UAW had to agree not to strike either company.</p><p>The only thing they can do in the case of a grievance is ask for binding arbitration. The union could theoretically strike Ford, but now that all automakers aren&rsquo;t on an equal playing field that&rsquo;s unlikely.</p><p>But the UAW does face two immense new challenges. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:12:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3261 at http://michiganradio.org Can the UAW Survive? GM to add 250-400 jobs to Toledo factory http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-add-250-400-jobs-toledo-factory <p>A General Motors transmission factory will be adding 250 to 400 jobs, according to a union official quoted by the Associated Press.</p><p>The announcement will be made by CEO Dan Akerson and UAW Vice President Joe Ashton.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2011-05-09-gm-jobs-transmission-plant-toledo_n.htm"> AP reports:</a></p><blockquote><p>A union official says General Motors plans to add 250 to 400 jobs at its transmission factory in Toledo, Ohio.</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 20:19:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2414 at http://michiganradio.org GM to add 250-400 jobs to Toledo factory The UAW’s Dilemma http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw%E2%80%99s-dilemma <p>You may not have noticed, but the United Auto Workers union has been holding its bargaining convention in Detroit this week.</p><p>Every four years, union leaders get together to plan and map out their strategy for negotiating a new contract with the automakers. Once, this convention was an enormous deal, intensely covered by both local and national labor media.</p><p>The big question every time was - which company would be the strike target?</p><p>Years ago, the union came up with the concept of &ldquo;pattern bargaining.&rdquo;&nbsp; One company - Ford, General Motors, or Chrysler, would be selected as the target. Union officials would then try and hammer out a contact with that automaker first.</p><p>Sometimes they&rsquo;d have to go on strike to achieve that; sometimes not. Meanwhile, the workers at the other companies would keep working under the old labor agreements.</p><p>Once the new contract was finally hammered out, the unions would then go to the other two automakers and say -- &ldquo;okay; this is what we negotiated with them; this is what you need to agree to as well.&nbsp; No fooling around; take it or leave it; sign or we walk.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s how it&rsquo;s been done for many, many years. In the past, there were sometimes historic strikes which led to historic settlements that gradually won the workers everything from paid vacations to profit sharing to dental care, on top of high wages.</p><p>But as all the world knows, excesses and globalization caught up with the auto companies. General Motors and Chrysler nearly went out of business less than two years ago. They survived in part because the union was willing to make major concessions.</p><p>New hires, for example, now make half of what a longtime autoworker&nbsp; does -- $14 an hour, or $29,000 a year. The union decided that and other sacrifices were&nbsp; necessary to keep their employers alive.</p><p>Well, the world is different now. Ford and General Motors are now making profits in the billions. Chrysler is believed close to profitability, and at any rate, has a new owner with deep pockets. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:21:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1771 at http://michiganradio.org The UAW’s Dilemma UAW members head to D.C. http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-members-head-dc <p>Members of the <a href="http://www.uaw.org/">United Auto Workers union</a> will be on Capitol Hill today in Washington, D.C.. Some 1,000 union members will be there for a four-day legislative meeting.&nbsp; As the Associate Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/wire/chi-ap-mi-autoworkers-lobby,0,3969491.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>They'll be hearing from UAW President Bob King on Monday on the start of the four-day conference. The Detroit News says King plans to talk about efforts to persuade non-U.S. automakers to make it easier to unionize their U.S. plants.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="http://www.uaw.org/articles/uaw-political-activists-gather-washington">statement</a>, the UAW said, those at the meeting will:</p><blockquote><p>...discuss the union's legislative and political priorities for the coming year, meet with members of Congress to advocate on behalf of working families and prepare for the union's 2012 electoral campaign.</p></blockquote><p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to speak at the conference. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:46:04 +0000 Zoe Clark 904 at http://michiganradio.org UAW members head to D.C.