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    REPORT: French workers vote against blowing up plant as long as their demands are met
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    Workers at French car parts maker New Fabris (its main clients include Renault and Peugeot-Citroen) have voted down immediate plans to explosively send the roof of their plant into the troposphere, as long as talks with aides to Industry Minister Christian Estrosi are in the works. It seems that ...

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    REPORT: Pipe and firebomb-wielding strikers injure 70 at Ssangyong plant; 4,000 flee
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    After slipping into receivership this past January, Ssangyong Motor Company's problems have only escalated. A court-ordered restructuring of the Korean automaker earlier this year left 976 employees without work. The displaced workers organized an armed sit-in on the Korean automaker on May 21 that ...

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    More cuts across the board: General Motors to slash dealers, plants and employees
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    General Motors' spate of announcements this morning was bad news for enthusiasts (e.g. the shuttering of Pontiac) and even worse for GM's debt-for-equity swap (without a 90% take-rate the automaker is bound for CH 11). But for dealerships and workers, GM's re-revised restructuring plan is going to ...

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    Canadian union calls Chrysler's actions "stupid"
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    Buzz Hargrove isn't mincing words about his opinion of Chrysler LLC's strategy. Calling the decision to send the Magnum and Pacifica models out to pasture and cut shifts and jobs at the Brampton, Ontario plant "stupid," Hargrove has said the Canadian Auto Workers aren't interested in the type of ...

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    Stocking up: GM and Ford want to fund health care account with shares
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    The Big Three automakers' massive pension liabilities are well known. To remove that burden, a fund called a VEBA -- voluntary employee beneficiary association -- has been mooted. Automakers would put an agreed upon sum into the VEBA, after which they would be free from further pension obligations. ...

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    Ferrari workers on strike, Italian style
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    Just because you spend your days in Maranello crafting F430s, 599s, and 612s, listen to them roar through the streets, and watch customers gleefully receive the keys to their new Italian toys doesn't mean life is perfect. Even though Ferrari was just voted as the best place to work in Europe, ...

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    Darn, we're outta that! Ford of Australia halts work due to supply problem
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    Ford's Broadmeadows facility has run out of at least one key component for V8 engines, and will have to shut down until its supplier resolves labor issues. The supplier, Coghlan and Russell Engineering, owes employees a boatload of money - in the order of 1.5 million-plus Austrailian dollars. ...

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    Ford wants workers to 'become walking advertisements'
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    In all of recorded employment history, it has never been a good thing when the boss "requests" that employees talk up the company, especially when non-employees know that those workers are operating under orders. Nevertheless, that is exactly the road Ford appears to have taken as part of the "Way ...

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    Ford announces bonus payout for all workers
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    Ford announced today that it will be cracking open the coffers to pay out a bonus to every single one of its salaried and hourly workers in the U.S. and Canada, a number that now stands between 120,000 and 128,000 people. According to Automotive News, the bonuses will range from $300 to $800 for ...

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    Nissan offering voluntary buyouts to all Tennessee plant workers
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    Word has just come across the wire that Nissan will be offering a "voluntary transition program" to all of its hourly employees working in either its Smyrna or Dechard manufacturing plants in Tennessee. These are effectively buyouts, which can net an hourly worker a lump sum of $45,000 and a bonus ...

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    U.S. automakers still employ way more Americans than imports
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    While more and more import brands have opened up producton facilities in the U.S., a study performed by The Level Field Institute, a domestic industry promotion group (that's an important point, right there), found that domestic automakers (which includes General Motors, Ford and the Chrysler ...

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    GM to face massive worker protests in Europe
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    General Motors plants in Germany and Spain may face shut-downs next week, as workers plan to protest the closing of an assembly location in Portugal. The automaker announced on Wednesday that it would close the van assembly plant as it faces a 500-euro cost penalty there, with production moving to ...

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