general motors http://michiganradio.org en GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-asks-bankruptcy-judge-look-its-liability <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">General Motors is asking a bankruptcy judge in New York to take a look at its "shield" – the shield that protects it from liability lawsuits that stem from crashes or defects that happened before its bankruptcy.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veteran auto analyst Michelle Krebs joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She explained what GM is trying to find out.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:14:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 17258 at http://michiganradio.org GM asks bankruptcy judge to look at its liability Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated http://michiganradio.org/post/visiting-loved-ones-beth-olem-cemetery-complicated <p>As we get together with our families to celebrate the holidays, we often think about those who are no longer with us. For many, a trip to a cemetery to visit loved ones is easy, but for others, it’s impossible.</p><p>For families with relatives buried in the Beth Olem cemetery in Detroit, they can’t go pay their respects.</p><p>The cemetery is hidden within GM’s Poletown plant, and is only open to the public two days every year: the Sunday before Passover and Rosh Hashanah.</p><p>People are able to visit the cemetery if they go on a private tour offered by the Michigan Jewish Historical Society. We heard from some of the visitors today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17236 at http://michiganradio.org Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-31 <p> This <em>Week in Review</em>, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bondholders-will-be-paid-74-cents-dollar-working-women-can-relate">the latest with the Detroit bankruptcy</a>, the continuing <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-puts-two-engineers-paid-leave-wake-ignition-switch-problem">controversies over the General Motors recall</a>, and the money problems involving the charter school system running <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-heights-school-system-continues-its-struggle-meet-payroll-asks-state-more-money">Muskegon Heights schools</a>.</p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17206 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-puts-two-engineers-paid-leave-wake-ignition-switch-problem <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two engineers have been put on paid leave at General Motors as the company has an outside attorney investigate why it took more than 10 years for GM to recall millions of cars with faulty ignition switches.</span></p><p>GM says the switches have been linked to at least 13 deaths.</p><p>More on the suspension of the engineers from the Associated Press:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:57:40 +0000 Mark Brush 17183 at http://michiganradio.org GM puts two engineers on paid leave in wake of ignition switch problem Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-recall-cobalts-hhrs-are-selling-and-higher-price <p align="LEFT">A recall crisis at General Motors hasn't slowed sales of Cobalts, HHR's and other cars with a defective ignition switch.</p><p align="LEFT">In fact, the cars are selling for more than they did just a month or two ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Alec Gutierrez of Kelly Blue Book says used car prices go up in the spring.</p><p align="LEFT">"So, it's a matter of a rising tide lifting all boats," he says.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:09:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17123 at http://michiganradio.org Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price Watch GM CEO Mary Barra testify before Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-gm-ceo-mary-barra-testify-congress <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new head of General Motors, Mary&nbsp;</span>Barra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is on Capitol Hill today starting what will be two days of testimony.</span></p><p>She'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.</p><p>At issue: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switches in its cars, and when did the company know it?</p><p>Watch it below:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:05:36 +0000 Mark Brush 17064 at http://michiganradio.org Watch GM CEO Mary Barra testify before Congress The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall http://michiganradio.org/post/long-road-gms-ignition-switch-recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:42:43 +0000 Sonari Glinton 17059 at http://michiganradio.org The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall United Auto Workers membership grows slightly http://michiganradio.org/post/united-auto-workers-membership-grows-slightly <div>NEW YORK (AP) - A filing with the U.S. Department of Labor shows <a href="http://uaw.org/">the United Auto Workers</a>' membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UAW's membership in 2013 was 391,415, compared to 382,513 in 2012. The union has been steadily adding members since 2009, when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.</span></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:21:57 +0000 Associated Press 17031 at http://michiganradio.org United Auto Workers membership grows slightly GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-adding-824000-vehicles-ignition-recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at http://michiganradio.org GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-old-gm-new-gm-and-mary-barra <p>Next week will bring a big test for new GM CEO Mary Barra.</p><p>She will present herself to Congress for a two-day grilling over the ever-growing ignition switch crisis, a problem that GM says is linked to 12 deaths.</p><p>Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes thinks Barra has a whole lot of heavy lifting to do to get this "new" GM out of the shadow of the missteps of the "old" GM. He joined us today for our weekly check-in.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 17002 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on "old" GM, "new" GM, and Mary Barra Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-27-2014 <div><p>When you think "Michigan," you think tourism, right? Or, for some, maybe it's Tim Allen telling you about the state's open roads, fall colors, glistening lakes. Tourism means big business for the mitten. We look at how the changing climate might impact what more than 4.4 million out-of-state visitors will be able to do and enjoy when they come to the Great Lakes State.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we spoke with Michigan author&nbsp;Laura Kasischke&nbsp;about her latest novel, Mind of Winter.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And Daniel Howes&nbsp;joined us for our weekly check-in, to discuss Mary Barra and the ghost of GM's past.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, women are underrepresented in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;STEM&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, but there is one University of Michigan student group trying to change that.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, we are one week into spring but still getting snow. Meterologist&nbsp;Jim Maczko&nbsp;spoke with us about when we can expect warmer weather.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>First on the show, w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">e are closing in on the deadline to purchase health insurance or face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Erin Knott is the Michigan Director of Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan group trying to get people enrolled in health insurance.</p><p>Erin joined us today to discuss the upcoming deadline.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:38:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17007 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 27, 2014 Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-us-consumers-facing-recall-fatigue <p>General Motors has been in the headlines recently over its recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles due to ignition switch problems that are being blamed for some 13 deaths.</p><p>Toyota is also in the news after having agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle with the Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of its vehicles.</p><p>But are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue?</p><p>Sonari Glinton covers the auto industry for NPR, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 16965 at http://michiganradio.org Are U.S. consumers facing recall fatigue? GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-chief-prepares-testify-congress-recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at http://michiganradio.org GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-march-20th-2014 <p>The Justice Department is investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than a million and a half cars. On today's show: how is this recall affecting GM's reputation?</p><p>And, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new Michigan law will now allow you to literally BYOB, bring you own bottle of wine to a restaurant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tarting a business can be hard, but what about starting a business with a mission to help end homelessness? That's exactly what&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Empowerment Plan aims to do.&nbsp;</span></p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;Rick Pluta,&nbsp;Captiol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us to talk about how Lansing plans to spend surplus money.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:21:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16918 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, March 20th, 2014 Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/daniel-howes-general-motors-recall-crisis <p>It was announced yesterday that Toyota has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle with the U.S. Justice Department over a delayed recall of millions of vehicles.</p><p>The Justice Department is also investigating General Motors for delaying a recall of more than 1.5 million cars. The cars have defective ignition switches that can turn the car off at high speeds.</p><p>There's also news that GM executives are being summoned to D.C. to face Congressional inquiries.</p><p>Daniel Howes, business columnist at the Detroit News, joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:25:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16915 at http://michiganradio.org Daniel Howes on the General Motors recall crisis Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/defective-ignition-switches-are-creating-crisis-general-motors <p>Last month, General Motors recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths and at least 31 crashes.</p><p>That has grown into that biggest crisis GM has faced in years, and an early and severe test for its new chief, Mary Barra.</p><p>Yesterday she released a <a href="http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/mar/0317-video.html">video </a>making a public apology:</p><blockquote><p>“Something went wrong with our process in this instance and terrible things happened. As a member of the GM family and as a mom with a family of my own, this really hits home for me. And we have apologized. But that is just one step in the journey to resolve this.”</p></blockquote><p>Also yesterday, the automaker announced another recall: more than 1.7 million vehicles in three new campaigns.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:08:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16885 at http://michiganradio.org Defective ignition switches are creating a crisis for General Motors Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors http://michiganradio.org/post/mary-barra-finds-herself-navigating-crisis-general-motors <p>During the long and agonizing Watergate scandal, the endless question was: What did he know, and when did he know it? That referred to President Richard Nixon, and the break-in and cover-up at the Democratic National Headquarters.</p><p>In the end, it turned out Nixon had known a lot, right from the start, which is how he became our only President ever forced from office.</p><p>Well, now people are beginning to ask: What did she know and when did she know it? Except the arena is not politics, but the auto industry, specifically, the reborn General Motors.</p><p>This time, the chief executive is a woman, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mary-barra">Mary Barra</a>, the first woman ever to lead a major car company.</p><p>Three months ago, many of us were stunned and delighted when she was appointed. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:10:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16870 at http://michiganradio.org Mary Barra finds herself navigating a crisis at General Motors GM plans to expand in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-plans-expand-lansing <p>General Motors plans to spend $162-million to expand its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.</p><p></p><p>The plant produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS.</p><p></p><p>Monday night the Lansing city council will consider calling public hearings on a set of tax incentives for the expansion.</p><p></p><p>“It’s a welcome addition,” says Bob Trezise, the president of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, “It really continues to consolidate the future of auto making, high end car making in the Lansing region and in the state of Michigan.”</p><p></p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:30:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 16780 at http://michiganradio.org GM plans to expand in Lansing Does anyone really deserve more than a million dollars a month? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-anyone-really-deserve-more-million-dollars-month <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If I could have dinner with any corporate executive, I’d choose </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mary-barra" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mary Barra</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who I think is fascinating.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She rose through the ranks of the highly macho culture at General Motors to become its first female CEO. And she didn’t do it as a transplanted financial expert, but as the first honest-to-goodness automotive engineer to lead the company in more than 20 years.</span></p><p>Were she male, she’d be called a “car guy” by the press.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:03:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16391 at http://michiganradio.org Does anyone really deserve more than a million dollars a month? 2013 expensive year for GM, drives down profit http://michiganradio.org/post/2013-expensive-year-gm-drives-down-profit <p align="LEFT">General Motors made $3.77&nbsp; billion in 2013.</p><p align="LEFT">That's a 22% drop from the year before.</p><p align="LEFT">GM got hit with a lot of extra costs last year. The company is taking the Chevy brand out of Europe, so it doesn't compete with the automaker's&nbsp;Opel brand, and it's closing a plant in Europe.</p><p align="LEFT">GM is also&nbsp;closing&nbsp;its Holden division in Australia. And its taxes went up.</p><p align="LEFT">But GM's new CEO Mary Barra tells investors&nbsp;quality is also up.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:10:27 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16340 at http://michiganradio.org 2013 expensive year for GM, drives down profit