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  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • The backlog to remove aluminium from Detroit, the most acutely impacted location, shrank by 30 days to 641 days, while the wait to remove other metals stuck behind the wall of aluminium fell from 111 to 93 days. A "flash" queue to load out zinc at New Orleans, meanwhile, almost disappeared in November, dwindling to just 10 days from 71 days at the end of September.

  • Google researching use of color in business Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color...

  • People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled. You can't even walk your dog, "said Paula Hamilton, who lives on a once quiet little street in the Santa Monica Mountains in a neighborhood...

  • Australia’s auto industry crashes in slow motion Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    There has been a car industry in Australia for about as long as there have been cars. But within two or three years, the last of the continent’s auto plants will go dark.

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • Chrysler expands air bag recall Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    It's part of a growing problem worldwide with air bag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.. At first Chrysler agreed to replace passenger air bag inflators in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new boundaries are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and five U.S. territories.

  • Dec 11- Law firms and consultants reached agreements with Detroit over fees they charged the city for work on its historic bankruptcy, federal court mediators said on Thursday. As of Oct. 24, fees and expenses totaled nearly $141 million, with law firm Jones Day submitting the biggest bill, totaling $52.3 million. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had raised the...

  • Multiemployer pensions could face cuts Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • Japan automakers expand passenger air bag recalls Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    TOKYO— Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan. Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it's recalling the Presage, X-Trail and other models totaling 83,000 vehicles in Japan, some 6,000 in China, another 49,000 in Europe and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- Global aluminium premiums are expected to reach fresh record highs by mid-2015 on a supply deficit in the United States and Europe, a Reuters survey showed. "The world, excluding China, will continue to be in short supply due to shut downs, production curtailments and strong demand in South America and North America," said one respondent.

  • Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • DETROIT, Dec 10- Detroit will officially exit the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy later on Wednesday, officials said, allowing Michigan's largest city to start a new chapter with a lighter debt load. The city will reissue $287 million of existing bonds and also borrow about $275 million from Barclays Capital to finance its exit from bankruptcy.

  • Detroit mayor: Challenges remain after bankruptcy Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    DETROIT— The formalities may be over for Detroit, which officially exits bankruptcy after midnight Wednesday and shrugs off the yoke of state receivership. "The reality is tomorrow's not any different than today," Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday during the announcement that Detroit was coming out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- East Cleveland will wait until after the first quarter of 2015 to decide whether to seek bankruptcy protection, the city's finance director said on Tuesday, noting such a filing is only one of several options under consideration. The assessment was less dire than comments last month by Ohio's state auditor, Dave Yost, who said the small suburb of its...

  • UPDATE 1-Detroit set to exit bankruptcy on Wednesday Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    Dec 9- Detroit's odyssey through the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy will end on Wednesday when the city's debt adjustment plan will take effect, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office said on Tuesday. In a letter, Snyder accepted Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's declaration that the city's financial emergency is over and that it was time for his...

  • Detroit's financial emergency declared over Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    DETROIT— Kevyn Orr has agreed to step down as Detroit's emergency manager, saying in a letter released Tuesday that the city will no longer be in a financial emergency once it exits bankruptcy. A hearing is scheduled Monday in federal court to determine Detroit's bankruptcy exit date. The bankruptcy's effective date is merely one step in Detroit's journey, Orr...

  • Dec 9- The United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will train workers at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an effort to form a U.S. version of a German-style works council, while continuing to push for collective bargaining rights at the factory. Under a new agreement with the German company announced in November, unions that can prove...

  • Hyundai recalls nearly 43K cars for brake lights Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    DETROIT— Hyundai is recalling nearly 43,000 luxury cars in the U.S. because the brake lights can fail to illuminate. Hyundai documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say the agency contacted Hyundai about the problem in October after noticing consumer complaints. Hyundai expects to begin notifying owners early next...

  • Nissan is recalling the vehicles from model years 2012 through 2015 because fuel pressure sensors may not have been sufficiently tightened during production. A Nissan spokesman said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue. Of the affected vehicles, about 233,000 are in Japan, 143,000 in North America, 22,500 in Europe, and...