Labor Unions


  • Danish SAS Strike Cancels Dozens of Flights Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 5:43 AM ET

    Danish flight attendants at Scandinavian airline SAS stopped work on Wednesday at Copenhagen's Kastrup international airport in a contract dispute, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights.

  • Airbus Workers Strike to Protest Restructuring Plan Friday, 16 Mar 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    Airbus workers downed tools and gathered for protest marches on Friday to fight 10,000 planned job cuts at the European civilian plane maker and its contractors.

  • The world's largest automaker said its obligation for post-retirement health care and other benefits was $68 billion at the end of last year and could grow on a global basis.

  • US Airways Workers Protest Negotiations Thursday, 15 Mar 2007 | 4:31 AM ET

    Six weeks after its bid for Delta Air Lines collapsed, US Airways President Scott Kirby says the company's top priority in 2007 would be to settle its union labor contracts and finish combining operations with America West Airlines.

  • The legislation, passed 241-185 on a nearly party-line vote, would take away the right of employers to demand secret-ballot elections by workers before unions could be recognized.

  • Airbus to Cut 10,000 Jobs Over Four Years Wednesday, 28 Feb 2007 | 10:22 AM ET

    Airbus confirmed Wednesday that it plans to spin off several manufacturing sites and shed about 10,000 jobs as part of a long-awaited restructuring plan, union officials said. Workers staged stoppages to protest the cuts.

  • Harley-Davidson, the U.S. motorcycle maker, said late on Friday that it had reached a tentative agreement with striking workers at its largest plant.

  • Chrysler, GM In Talks To Develop Large SUV: Report Thursday, 15 Feb 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group and General Motors are in talks to jointly develop a large SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban, which Chrysler doesn't have in its current lineup, according to a report in Wall Street Journal.

  • Mercedes

    DaimlerChrysler will cut 13,000 jobs at its Chrysler operation in North America and indicated it could sell or spin off the money-losing unit, which would unwind a troubled 9-year-old merger between Chrysler and Mercedes.

  • General Motors declined comment on the report, which said the parties are working on it "at full speed."

  • Is GM Really Worth Buying? Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 2:11 PM ET
    General Motors

    As I woke in Detroit after flying in from New York this morning, I saw the story on "Squawk Box," - another Wall St. firm had raised GM to a buy rating. Why? Primarily on the idea that GM's 17 billion surplus on It's pension wil give it the leverage needed to strike a better deal with the uaw regarding retiree healthcare costs.

  • Comair and Pilots Union Reach Tentative Agreement Tuesday, 13 Feb 2007 | 3:28 AM ET

    Comair and the union representing its pilots reached a tentative agreement Tuesday, forestalling a plan by the U.S. regional airline to impose wage cuts and other concessions.

  • Toyota Cutting Labor Costs? Probably Not Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 4:34 PM ET

    Today at the Chicago Economic Club, Jim Press, the highest ranking American member of Toyota's executive corps caused a bit of stir, when he said the Japanese automaker would like to cut labor costs without cutting wages.  Though vague, the comment has investors wondering if Toyota is talking tough on labor -- and if this is a sign of problems for the folks that make the Camry.

  • Harley-Davidson said first-quarter motorcycle shipments will not meet earlier forecasts because of a six-day-old strike at its biggest assembly plant, sending shares down as much as 2.5%.

  • Ford Says 8,000 Hourly Workers Left in January Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 2:52 AM ET

    About 8,000 U.S. hourly workers left struggling automaker Ford Motor in January after taking buyout offers, said Mark Fields, president of the Americas and overseer of Ford's restructuring.

  • Strike Shuts Down Harley-Davidson Plant Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 4:36 AM ET

    Union workers began a strike against Harley-Davidson at midnight Friday, picketing at the company's largest manufacturing plant.

  • Harley Workers Authorize Strike At Key Plant Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 12:22 PM ET

    Workers at Harley-Davidson's largest assembly plant have rejected a proposed contract and authorized a strike that could begin early on Friday.

  • Ford Cash in Focus as Clock Ticks on Turnaround Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 3:46 PM ET

    Analysts say Ford's recently raised $23.5 billion gives it two years to turn itself around, barring a steep decline in the U.S. economy.

  • BA Cancels Flights As Cabin Crew Strikes Friday, 26 Jan 2007 | 6:39 AM ET

    British Airways is canceling all its flights to and from London's Heathrow airport and several more from its Gatwick terminal for two days next week because of a strike by cabin crew.

  • Ford's Mulally: "He Should Tie Bonuses To Performance" Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 1:01 PM ET
    Alan Mulally, Ford CEO

    Ford Motor Co. had the worst year in its 103-year history in 2006. The automaker lost $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter alone – and lost $12.7 billion on the year. Yet CEO Alan Mulally - who came to Ford after overhauling aerospace giant Boeing - is reportedly considering paying bonuses to some of Ford’s managers, even as the company seeks concessions from its unions and predicts more losses this year.