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Sergio Marchionne sees cooperation with the UAW as a key to a future merger with General Motors. In the deal, Marchionne could potentially take advantage of the 8.7 percent of GM stock that's owned by the union's health care trust.

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Mitsubishi will be shutting down production and selling its Normal, IL factory, where it currently builds the Outlander Sport crossover.

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A strike has decimated the London Underground, a service used by some 4 million people each day. The result? 833 miles of traffic jams, according to TomTom.

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A Florida-based custom car designer is creating vehicles that are out of this world, by giving normal road models an extraterrestrial twist.

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A study of labor costs among foreign automakers in the US shows a ten-dollar gap between the per-hour rates of the domestics and the imports. The difference between the Detroit 3 and their import competition equates to $250 more in labor costs per car for the domestics.

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The UAW is preparing its negotiation position with carmakers later this year. Its primary objective will be the elimination of the two-tier wage system created in 2007 to help the automakers through bankruptcy, but that position "is a non-starter" for the car companies.

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Work is officially underway at VW's Chattanooga, TN factory, as over 500,000 square feet of factory space is added to accommodate a new CUV and 2,000 more workers.

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Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

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A recent labor dispute in the UK may be souring Jaguar Land Rover on a reported US factory, with the company looking at Austria and Turkey instead.

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Honda says parts shortages caused by the West Coast ports labor dispute have become severe enough to impede production of the Honda Accord, Civic and CR-V, as well as some Acura models.

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The West Coast labor dispute between the dockworkers union and port owners is continuing to affect Japanese automakers with factories in the United States. Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all airlifting some parts into the country to avoid shortages.

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Volkswagen has recognized a second union at its Chattanooga factory. This one is called the American Council of Employees and positions itself as an anti-UAW group. Both organizations have access to company management but neither have a collective bargaining agreement.

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GM's facility in Oshawa, Ontario is in deep trouble, according to analysts, some of whom are forecasting the facility will close by 2019.

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A labor dispute between a West Coast dockworkers union and management is forcing Honda and Subaru to fly in parts to their US factories to avoid production delays. It costs about $60 million more per month to bring the components in by air rather than by ship.

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The United Auto Workers say that Ford is beyond its 20-percent cap of Tier 2 workers, so 55 of them will be moved to Tier 1 pay. Ford, however, says that it still has "some room to go" in the ranks of hourly employees on the lower pay scale.

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Ford's numbers may have taken a hit in 2014, but as is so often the case, a spreadsheet can't tell the entire story.

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Tesla just bought the former United Auto Workers union hall located just a stones throw from its factory in Fremont, CA. The UAW was asking $4.26 million for the land, and it included four acres and a 16,470-square-foot building. The company's purpose for the land is still a mystery.

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Lada is not well, and it's brought in a Swedish-American GM vet to try and fix things. It's not exactly going smoothly, though.

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The United Auto Workers union is about to enter a new round of negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers, and this time, the focus is on the end of the two-tier wage system.

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An audit at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN has revealed that at least 45 percent of the facility's workers support unionization, leading the German company to grant access rights to the United Auto Workers.

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General Motors will lay off 450 employees at its Lansing Grand River factory, The Detroit News reports, which is 100 more than the company said it'd be letting go last month.

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