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  • Big 3 Automakers: Which One Will Turn It Around? Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 11:05 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    On a regular basis, I get some variation of this question: Which one of the Big 3 has the best shot at picking up market share and giving Toyota and Honda a run for their money. In other words, which one of Detroit's automakers has the pipeline of cars, trucks and SUV's to become the "hot" brand?

  • GM May Close 2 More Plants Under Deal Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 4:25 AM ET

    The tentative contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers would allow GM to close a plant each in Michigan and Indiana and possibly shut down several other facilities, according to a detailed copy of the agreement.

  • Teamsters, UPS Agree New 5-Year Contract Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | 4:05 AM ET
    A United Parcel Service driver pushes a load of packages.

    The Teamsters union and United Parcel Service  on Sunday said they reached a tentative five-year agreement that will raise parcel workers' wages and increase the company's contributions to funds providing pensions and benefits.

  • SkyWest Unit Reaches Tentative Deal with Pilots Sunday, 30 Sep 2007 | 2:42 PM ET

    Atlantic  Southeast Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc has reached a tentative labor contract with its nearly 1,700 pilots.

  • GM Grants U.S. Job Security Guarantees to UAW Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 3:16 PM ET

    The United Auto Workers won guarantees in its tentative contract agreement with General Motors that many new products would be built at U.S. plants to save jobs, union President Ron Gettelfinger said Friday.

  • GM Could Get Labor Pay Savings from UAW Deal: WSJ Friday, 28 Sep 2007 | 6:50 AM ET

    General Motors would be able to buy out as many as 24,000 UAW workers and replace them with lower-paid hires under a tentative contract agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Friday.

  • Wall Street Edges Toward Quarter End With Positive Tone Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 8:54 AM ET

    The Street is edging toward the end of one of the most volatile quarters in recent memory ... and for all those a bit tired of the excitement, it looks like it might actually have a laid-back and happy ending.

  • GM: How Best To 'Rev Up' Its Bottom Line Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 3:17 PM ET
    2007 GMC Acadia

    Just a few hours after I reported the new contract between GM and the UAW, I started hearing this question: "Can GM really boost its bottom line now that its costs have been lowered?" My gut says it can do it, IF the company builds on the improvement of its products in the last couple of years.

  • GM Deal Seen Boosting Auto Industry, Economy Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 1:45 PM ET
    Auto assembly line

    General Motors' quick settlement with its major union allows the softening U.S. economy to sidestep another blow and sets the stage for similar deals that could boost domestic automakers, analysts and investors said Wednesday.

  • Markets Just 'Loving' To Hear The Bad News? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 12:22 PM ET

    We're back in the "bad news is good news" phase. At least that's how you may want to read the stock market's reaction to today's clunker of a durable goods number, its worst monthly reading since January. Durable orders fell by 4.9% in August, below the 3.5% decline expected and way off from July's 6.1% increase.

  • GM And UAW Seal Deal: Was Strike Worth It? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 10:17 AM ET
    Ron Gettelfinger, United Auto Workers President

    I can't say I'm a fan of the 3:15 am wake up call, but this one I didn't mind. By 4 am I was interviewing UAW President Ron Gettelfinger about the new contract his union signed with General Motors. The strike is over and both sides get what they need out of this deal.

  • GM (Strike Settlement) Giving Boost To Stocks Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 9:58 AM ET

    A relatively swift resolution to the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is giving some lift to stocks this morning. The dollar is defying gravity and is bouncing off its lows against the Euro but that move looks like it will be short lived.

  • UAW's GM Strike Felt Across Borders Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 5:17 PM ET

    The United Auto Workers union's strike against General Motors went into its second day Tuesday, with UAW and GM representatives meeting again at the negotiating table.

  • Prolonged Strike at GM Could Disrupt Economy Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 2:44 PM ET

    A protracted work stoppage could prove disastrous, with a housing downturn and credit market unrest already threatening to stall an expansion now in its sixth year.

  • GM/UAW: Oops! I Got It Wrong About The Strike Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 10:27 AM ET

    At this time yesterday morning, I boldly and unequivocally blogged about my belief that GM and the UAW would avoid a strike and agree on a new contract. If you read that and then, just a few hours later, saw me interview striking workers in Warren, Michigan, you probably said to yourself, "boy did he get that wrong!"

  • UAW Strikes GM; Job Security Is Key Issue Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 4:32 PM ET

    United Auto Workers stage a national strike after the two sides fail to sign a new contract by a union-imposed deadline. Sides still talking.

  • GM/UAW Strike: Job Security Still The Issue Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 3:43 PM ET

    As I walk along the UAW picket line outside the GM power train plant in Warren, Michigan, I hear the same thing over and over: "protect our jobs".  For all the talk about GM and the UAW being able to agree on a groundbreaking fund to handle rising healthcare expenses, the sticking point is old fashioned job security.

  • GM/UAW Talks: Why I Think There Will Be A Deal Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 10:36 AM ET

    After more than 20 straight hours of talks, negotiators for the United Auto Workers and General Motors face a strike deadline of 11 am this morning. In past years that would prompt people to say, "uh oh, there's gonna be a nasty strike".

  • GM, UAW Work to Complete Cost-Cutting Labor Deal Sunday, 23 Sep 2007 | 11:12 PM ET
    General Motors

    General Motors and the United Auto Workers union on Sunday rushed to complete a cost-cutting labor deal that would allow the top U.S. automaker to cut itself free from a $50 billion retiree health-care burden.

  • GM, UAW Optimistic as Talks Continue Sunday, 23 Sep 2007 | 4:03 PM ET

    Two people who have been briefed on the talks said Saturday that bargainers reported progress toward an agreement on the linchpin of the talks, GM  funding a union-run trust that would take over much of the company's $51 billion unfunded obligation to pay health care costs for retirees.