Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for U.S. factories, a union official wrote in an email to members.
General Motors offered striking union members wage increases or lump-sum payments in all four years of a proposed contract, as the walkout continued in its third week. But union bargainers rejected the offer, according to a person briefed on the negotiations.
September marked the worst month for U.S. manufacturing in more than a decade—since June 2009—according to the closely watched Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Index.
The strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers is playing out amid a corruption scandal inside the UAW that has caused distrust of the union leadership among many rank-and-file members.
Negotiators for General Motors and the United Auto Workers took a break from bargaining around 9 p.m. Monday but headed back at to the tables on Tuesday as a strike by more than 49,000 employees extended into a second day.
A strike by over 49,000 United Auto workers against General Motors could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the union’s top negotiator said in a letter to the company.
The company cited a decline in demand for its flat-rolled carbon steel products for the closure that could happen as soon as this month.
Allison, which makes automatic transmissions, acquired one of its long-time suppliers, plus a company that makes tools for that supplier.
The move announced Tuesday means that GM will be the focus of bargaining, and any deal with the company will set the pattern for Ford and Fiat Chrysler. It also means that if the union decides to go on strike, it will be against GM.
Mitchel & Scott Machine Co. told the state this week that it will be closing operations and terminating all employees on Oct. 25.
The 2019 J.D. Power Tech Experience Index study found that frustrated drivers may avoid the systems in future vehicle purchases. That’s a problem for automakers who want to prepare people for fully automated vehicles.
The canceled development was a joint venture between Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental and Monterrey, Mexico-based Zinc Nacional, which had said the project planned for the site of a former BorgWarner automotive factory would have created up to 90 jobs over several years.
The retirement of President and Chief Operating Officer Rich Freeland will spark several executive-level promotions at the Indiana-based manufacturer.
The manufacturer has reinvigorated its product line, brokered new partnerships, and greatly expanded its sales footprint, but the tune from parent New York-based Voxx International Corp. is far less melodic.
The Lafayette factory now has about 5,700 workers and, in April, produced its 4 millionth vehicle since opening in 1989.
Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. said the electric arc-furnace unit will be in Sinton, Texas, about 25 miles northwest of Corpus Christi.
GCI Slingers said it will add 10,000 square feet to its existing 20,000-square-foot facility at 5005 W. 106th St.
Maxxis International has several original-equipment supply contracts with Midwest auto assemblers, including Subaru of Indiana.
The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for American-made goods.