CAW http://michiganradio.org en GM's new Camaro will be built in Lansing, Canadian union upset http://michiganradio.org/post/gms-new-camaro-will-be-built-lansing-canadian-union-upset <p>General Motors announced today that the next generation of the Camaro will be built at the Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant. The Cadillac CTS and ATS are currently assembled at the Lansing plant.</p><p>The move could take a few years, according to the<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121219/AUTO0103/212190404#ixzz2FWVIZZZs"> Detroit News</a>.</p><p>The current model Camaro is built in Oshawa, Ontario.</p><p>The announcement sparked concerns that the move would lead to job losses at the plant in Canada.</p><p>Dana Flavelle of the <a href="http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1304501--gm-in-oshawa-to-lose-camaro-production">Toronto Star</a> reports the effect on jobs is not known yet.</p><blockquote><p>“At this stage, there’s no immediate impact on employment. In the longer term, we really can’t speculate at this time,” GM Canada spokesperson Faye Roberts said in a conference call with reporters.</p><p>The timing will depend on when the product life cycle of the current generation Camaro comes to an end. “We haven’t said a specific time,” Roberts said.</p></blockquote><p><a href="https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2012/Dec/1219-camaro-statement.html">In a statement</a>, GM said "lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies" were reasons for their decision. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:42:37 +0000 Mark Brush 10446 at http://michiganradio.org GM's new Camaro will be built in Lansing, Canadian union upset Canadian Auto Workers: Deal done with Ford, GM close, now it's Chrysler's turn http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-auto-workers-deal-done-ford-gm-close-now-its-chryslers-turn <p><strong>Ford's</strong> union workers in Canada have approved a four-year contract with the company.</p><p>And the Canadian Auto Workers union have a tentative agreement with <strong>GM</strong>.</p><p>Now, talks with <strong>Chrysler</strong> continue this week.</p><p><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2012/09/24/wdr-caw-chrysler-contract-talks.html">CBC Windsor</a> has the latest on the talks:</p><blockquote><p>The CAW's president, Ken Lewenza, knows it's not going to be easy with Chrysler. Company executives have made it clear they want an agreement that lowers labour costs to match those in the United States.</p><p>Lewenza said it could be days before there is a tentative agreement between the two sides.</p><p>"We can get a deal. I've a great deal of respect for [Chrysler CEO Sergio] Marchionne and his management team," Lewenza said. "I don't hide that and I think he's got respect for our union. But at the end of the day, you can only respect each other when you dot the I's and cross the T's."</p></blockquote><p>If talks stall, the CAW can strike.</p><p>But with a deal signed with Ford, and a final deal with GM expected to be approved by GM union workers in Canada&nbsp; this week, a strike at Chrysler plants in Canada doesn't seem likely. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:23:14 +0000 Mark Brush 9209 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian Auto Workers: Deal done with Ford, GM close, now it's Chrysler's turn Canadian Auto Workers and GM announce tentative contract http://michiganradio.org/post/canadian-auto-workers-and-gm-announce-tentative-contract <p>The Canadian Auto Workers and GM announced a tentative contract Thursday night reports <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/caw-reaches-deal-with-general-motors/article4556275/">The Globe and Mail</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The deal extends by one year the life of a car-assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., that was scheduled to close next year and adds a new shift of workers at a neighbouring plant. That means GM’s employment level in Canada should be roughly the same as it is today – or about 7,000 people – in 2016.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:35:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9187 at http://michiganradio.org Canadian Auto Workers and GM announce tentative contract Commentary: Chrysler and Canada http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-chrysler-and-canada <p>We’ve got a lot going on in Michigan, to put it mildly, and I would guess that you haven’t been paying much attention to the union negotiations that have been going on in Canada.</p><p>That’s understandable -- but they could have a significant impact on the economy in this part of the world. The Canadian Auto Workers union used to be part of the UAW, before breaking off and becoming independent in the 1980s.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:36:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9181 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Chrysler and Canada In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-73 <p><strong>Secretary of State being sued over citizenship question</strong></p><p>"A coalition of unions, voters, county clerks and civil rights groups is suing Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in federal court. The lawsuit challenges Johnson’s instruction that voters who show up on Election Day should be asked whether they are US citizens. But no one can legally be denied a ballot for refusing to check the box. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in US District Court in Detroit. Johnson’s office would not comment specifically on the lawsuit. But she has said the question is simply meant to remind people that only U-S citizens can vote in elections," <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/some-county-clerks-michigan-sue-over-citizenship-question">Rick Pluta reports. </a></p><p><strong>Medicaid tax falls $130-million short of projections</strong></p><p>"The state could lose up to $260-million in federal funding for Medicaid this year. That's because of lower-than-expected revenues from Michigan's new one-percent tax on health insurance claims, which started in January. The tax will bring in $130-million less than originally projected for the current fiscal year. That means Michigan will have less money to qualify for federal matching dollars," <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-tax-falls-130-million-short-projections-state-may-lose-federal-matching-funds">Jake Neher reports. </a></p><p><strong>CAW extends contracts with GM and Chrysler</strong></p><p>The AP reports the Canadian Auto workers union says it has agreed to extend its current contracts with General Motors and Chrysler. Negotiations on new deals continue,</p><blockquote><p>The union had set a midnight strike deadline. But President Ken Lewenza said talks would go past the deadline if there was progress. Earlier Monday the C-A-W reached a 4 -year deal with Ford that freezes pay and cuts wages for new hires. The union wants the deal to be the template for contracts with G-M and Chrysler. A CAW spokeswoman wouldn't say how long the contracts will be extended.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:11:03 +0000 Emily Fox 9123 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Will Canadian Auto Workers union strike? We may know in 5 days http://michiganradio.org/post/will-canadian-auto-workers-union-strike-we-may-know-5-days <p align="LEFT">Just five days remain before an existing contract&nbsp;between the Canadian Auto Workers and Ford, GM, and Chrysler&nbsp; expires.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Members of the union previously authorized their leaders to call a strike - but it's a double edged sword for the union.</p><p align="LEFT">Ken Lewenza is National President of the Canadian Auto Workers.</p><p align="LEFT">He says the union is willing to come up with a deal that&nbsp;preserves the Detroit Three's Canadian labor costs as they are now.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:02:16 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9045 at http://michiganradio.org Will Canadian Auto Workers union strike? We may know in 5 days In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-60 <p><strong>Ballot campaigns going to court </strong></p><p>Three ballot campaigns are heading to court to try to get on the November ballot. They are the campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos in Michigan, to require public votes on any new international bridges, and to make the Legislature come up with super-majorities to raise any taxes. All three campaigns were blocked by the state elections panel because of wording used in the ballot language.</p><p><strong>Canadian Auto Workers approve a strike</strong></p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:55:03 +0000 Emily Fox 8846 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . .