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UAW and FCA Open 2019 Contract Talks



July 16, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

UAW President Gary Jones (left) and FCA Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart opened 2019 contract talks with a ceremonial hand shake during an event today at the Company’s Auburn Hills complex with members of both organization’s leadership teams in attendance.

In his remarks, Stewart talked about the need to find innovative ways to prepare the Company for the next four years and beyond.


“Our industry is undergoing a massive transformation – one more profound than any since cars for the masses burst on the scene more than 100 year ago,” he said. “It is a transformation driven by disruptive technologies and by society’s realization that we need to protect the environment for the next generation.”

Stewart referenced his personal experience across a variety of industries as having shown him how disruption can be an opportunity to create value for all stakeholders.
“I encourage all of us to think about this new disruption in the automotive business,” Stewart said.

He acknowledged the hourly workforce for embracing World Class Manufacturing, the Company’s production system, and fostering a culture of safety, flexibility and efficiency.

“Every day, our employees demonstrate creativity in finding solutions and rising above challenges to better themselves, support their colleagues, and provide for their families and their loved ones,” he said.

But Stewart cautioned that it is important to remember the lessons learned in bankruptcy.

“We cannot and will not repeat the actions that put us in that dangerous financial position,” he said. “We cannot return to the old ways of doing business or we risk seeing the same result.

“We are committed to negotiating an agreement that will enable continued investment in our future together and create opportunities for our employees, their families, and the communities where we live and work,” Stewart said.

The ceremony marks the official start of bargaining on a new four-year agreement, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14.
 

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UAW and FCA Open 2019 Contract Talks


July 16, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

UAW President Gary Jones (left) and FCA Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart opened 2019 contract talks with a ceremonial hand shake during an event today at the Company’s Auburn Hills complex with members of both organization’s leadership teams in attendance.

In his remarks, Stewart talked about the need to find innovative ways to prepare the Company for the next four years and beyond.


“Our industry is undergoing a massive transformation – one more profound than any since cars for the masses burst on the scene more than 100 year ago,” he said. “It is a transformation driven by disruptive technologies and by society’s realization that we need to protect the environment for the next generation.”

Stewart referenced his personal experience across a variety of industries as having shown him how disruption can be an opportunity to create value for all stakeholders.
“I encourage all of us to think about this new disruption in the automotive business,” Stewart said.

He acknowledged the hourly workforce for embracing World Class Manufacturing, the Company’s production system, and fostering a culture of safety, flexibility and efficiency.

“Every day, our employees demonstrate creativity in finding solutions and rising above challenges to better themselves, support their colleagues, and provide for their families and their loved ones,” he said.

But Stewart cautioned that it is important to remember the lessons learned in bankruptcy.

“We cannot and will not repeat the actions that put us in that dangerous financial position,” he said. “We cannot return to the old ways of doing business or we risk seeing the same result.

“We are committed to negotiating an agreement that will enable continued investment in our future together and create opportunities for our employees, their families, and the communities where we live and work,” Stewart said.

The ceremony marks the official start of bargaining on a new four-year agreement, which expires at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14.
 

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UAW extends labor contracts with Fiat Chrysler

Sept. 13, 2019


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Co. have signed indefinite contract extensions with the United Auto Workers, according to letters dated Friday from the international union sent to local UAW leaders.

With General Motors Co. identified as the lead company in labor talks, the extension is a typical step leading up to expiration of contracts. GM's contract was not extended past the 11:59 p.m. Saturday deadline, UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg confirmed.

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UAW extends labor contracts with Fiat Chrysler

Sept. 13, 2019


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Ford Motor Co. have signed indefinite contract extensions with the United Auto Workers, according to letters dated Friday from the international union sent to local UAW leaders.

With General Motors Co. identified as the lead company in labor talks, the extension is a typical step leading up to expiration of contracts. GM's contract was not extended past the 11:59 p.m. Saturday deadline, UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg confirmed.

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No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute
September 16 at 1:23 AM

More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.

Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses.

It wasn't clear how long the walkout would last, with the union saying GM has budged little in months of talks while GM said it made substantial offers including higher wages and factory investments.



It's the first national strike by the union since a two-day walkout in 2007 that had little impact on the company.

GM workers joined striking Aramark-employed janitors on the picket lines Sunday night at a sprawling factory on the border between Detroit and the small town of Hamtramck.

Worker Patty Thomas said she wasn't scheduled to picket, but came out to support her colleagues at the car plant, which GM wants to close.



She's heard talk that GM may keep the factory open and start building electric pickup trucks there, but she's skeptical.



"What are they going to take away?" she asked. "That's the big issue."

She said workers gave up cost-of-living pay raises to help GM get through bankruptcy, and workers want some of that back now that the company is making profits.

Striking GM employees were joined on the picket lines by workers from Ford and Fiat Chrysler, who are working under contract extensions.

Night shift workers at an aluminum castings factory in Bedford, Indiana, that makes transmission casings and other parts shut off their machines and headed for the exits, said Dave Green, a worker who transferred from the now-shuttered GM small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

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No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute
September 16 at 1:23 AM

More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.

Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses.

It wasn't clear how long the walkout would last, with the union saying GM has budged little in months of talks while GM said it made substantial offers including higher wages and factory investments.



It's the first national strike by the union since a two-day walkout in 2007 that had little impact on the company.

GM workers joined striking Aramark-employed janitors on the picket lines Sunday night at a sprawling factory on the border between Detroit and the small town of Hamtramck.

Worker Patty Thomas said she wasn't scheduled to picket, but came out to support her colleagues at the car plant, which GM wants to close.



She's heard talk that GM may keep the factory open and start building electric pickup trucks there, but she's skeptical.



"What are they going to take away?" she asked. "That's the big issue."

She said workers gave up cost-of-living pay raises to help GM get through bankruptcy, and workers want some of that back now that the company is making profits.

Striking GM employees were joined on the picket lines by workers from Ford and Fiat Chrysler, who are working under contract extensions.

Night shift workers at an aluminum castings factory in Bedford, Indiana, that makes transmission casings and other parts shut off their machines and headed for the exits, said Dave Green, a worker who transferred from the now-shuttered GM small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

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FCA Statement in Response to UAW-FCA Negotiations Update


Bargaining between FCA and the UAW continues with the goal of reaching an agreement that will allow us to continue investing in our future while creating opportunities for our employees, their families and the communities where we live and work. We thank all of our employees for their continued hard work and dedication.
 

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UAW Reaches Tentative Labor Deal With GM
10/17/2019

The United Auto Workers struck a tentative labor deal with General Motors Co. GM -1.06% on Wednesday, a critical step in ending a monthlong strike that has brought more than 30 GM factories in the U.S. to a standstill.


Union and company bargainers have been working for months to settle on a new labor contract for more than 46,000 UAW-represented factory workers at dozens of GM plants and facilities across the country.


The nationwide strike, the company’s longest since 1970, will continue for now as union-hall leaders travel to Detroit to decide whether to end the walkout immediately or continue it until the contract is ratified by rank-and-file workers—a process that could take a week or two. That decision is expected to come Thursday morning.

With U.S. auto-industry sales expected to decline in coming years, the resulting four-year contract will be pivotal in determining how both GM and the UAW navigate the market slowdown, with each side angling to lock in financial gains ahead of time.

The Detroit auto maker, the nation’s largest by sales, is coming off one of its most profitable periods in history but is cutting costs and restructuring its business to prepare for an uncertain future and hefty investments in new technologies, such as electric and self-driving cars.

The UAW wants to ensure its members not only share in GM’s recent fortunes through improved pay and other benefits, but also have a place in GM’s longer-range bet on electric cars, which require fewer parts and workers to build.

Shares of GM rose 1.1% on Wednesday, to $36.65. The stock has dropped about 6% since the strike began.

If GM workers approve the tentative deal, UAW bargainers will then turn full attention to talks at Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCAU -2.30% NV, using the GM contract as a template.

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