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51UAW poised to take notes from German labor unions?

Automotive News Europe reports the United Auto Workers may borrow from German labor unions' playbook. UAW President Bob King says that he's seen the merit of the country's labor system after having being appointed to the supervisory board of Opel last year. Germany's so-called codetermination laws state that union leaders or employee representatives must receive as many as half of the seats on the supervisory boards that control an automaker's major investments. Those boards can also hire or fir

38Ron Bloom, Obama's chief auto advisor to become manufacturing czar?

Ron Bloom's role in the bankruptcy and re-emergence of Chrysler and General Motors has proven that his experience driving negotiations with the United Steelworkers union is portable. Pushing the two automotive giants through restructuring in an impressively quick manner has given the Obama administration the impression that Mr. Bloom (far left) is a good choice to head up a manufacturing overlord position which will focus on building that sector of America's economy back up. An appointment annou

6Hyundai halts all exports out of South Korea

It's summertime, and that means swimming, road trips and union labor strikes that disrupt the flow of exports out of South Korea. The recent strikes at auto assembly plants in South Korea have caused Hyundai to suspend vehicle exports for the time being. No worries, though. Hyundai has built up a three-month stock of vehicles Hyundais and Kias already shipped overseas. That doesn't mean the strikes aren't taking their toll, though. So far, The Detroit News reports the strikes have cost Hyundai 7

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