DEARBORN, Michigan— The United Auto Workers union started the year with a roar. With Detroit automakers profitable once again, the union promised workers big gains in its new contracts with Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. The divide is a symptom of the fine line the union walks in a global market, trying to improve pay without losing U.S. jobs or making...» Read More
Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways faces rolling strikes by its engineers from next Monday as a pay dispute worsens, posing more headaches for an airline struggling with high fuel prices.
South Korean construction workers went on strike on Monday to press for cheaper fuel and higher pay, joining thousands of truckers who walked off the job last week, crippling the export-dependent country's ports.
With the Dow plunging and concerns about employment numbers looming, it makes the potential of another strike--this one from the Screen Actors Guild--scarier.
But even if the two sides come to a resolution and there is no strike, Hollywood will still suffer a defacto work stoppage. The studios have been working hard to prepare for a strike, rushing to finish shooting films and TV shows ahead of time, making sure they don't have to shoot anything big in July.
It's a major achievement Chrysler should rightfully be proud of. But it also highlights the next challenge for them, as well as GM and Ford: closing the "perception gap." First, here's the good news for the Big 3 on assembly plant efficiency.
General Motors said about 19,000 U.S. factory workers—just more than a quarter of its American blue-collar work force—had taken buyouts to leave the automaker.
United Auto Workers officials Sunday urged American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings workers to ratify a contract that would cut wages by almost 40 percent, shutter three plants and end a three-month-old strike with a subsidy of $218 million from General Motors.
I'll admit it: along with everyone else in Hollywood I have serious strike fatigue. And I'm really hoping--or the sake of my favorite TV shows as well as for the Los Angeles economy--that we do NOT have an actors strike.
The e-mail jumped off the screen at me. It came in earlier this week when I asked you why we have not seen a "game changing" car, truck, or SUV in a while. Ray wrote of his interest in Chevy's electric/gas hybrid Volt currently in development.
Delta Air Lines is looking to cut 2,000 jobs, or more than 3 percent of its work force, as the No. 3 U.S. airline struggles with high fuel costs. And UAL, the parent of United Airlines, said it will tackle fuel costs by making cuts to its fleet of aircraft.
Delta Air Lines prepared to announce an overhaul of its operations Tuesday as a possible combination took a precarious turn after its pilots union declared that talks with its Northwest Airlines counterpart ended without a seniority deal.
Here's something that should make you realize what crazy times we are living in: 9-year auto loans are popping up around the country. That's right, it wasn't a typo. Nine years! 108 months! Almost a third of the time used to pay off a conventional mortgage!
General Motors said Tuesday it will close a seventh facility next week as the impact from a strike against American Axle & Manufacturing continues to widen for the No. 1 U.S. automaker.
Usually, when the United Auto Workers strike it's pretty big news. Usually, when the picket lines form, Detroit gets nervous. Usually, when the rhetoric heats up, so do the heart rates of executives running the Big 3. Not this time.
Sen. Barack Obama won an endorsement from the powerful Teamsters union, critical labor support for the Democratic front-runner with upcoming contests in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
I hear it all the time from car buffs, Chrysler fans, and those who lament the struggles of the American automakers. It goes something like this: "Why is Chrysler cutting back here in the U.S. and looking to expand overseas?"
I spoke exclusively with Michael Lynton, the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, about the impact of the work stoppage on his business, and on Hollywood. The video clips are below. Sony's business if focused largely on making movies, which have a long time horizon, so Sony fared much better than its rival studios that own TV networks.
The 100 day-long writers strike is officially over. After voting overwhelmingly to return to work Tuesday afternoon, writers returned to the job. It's clear just driving around Los Angeles that things are picking up again--the traffic's much worse! (No joke). Writers and the studios are rushing to throw together pilots for the fall TV season.
General Motors will offer buyouts or early retirements to all 74,000 U.S. hourly workers represented by the United Auto Workers in a sweeping deal with the union intended to clear the way for GM to hire lower-cost replacements.
It's about time. The writers guild strike is coming to an end and Hollywood should be back at work by Wednesday. The Writers Guild leadership unanimously approved the tentative deal made with the studios, and now the only step left, is the Writers Guild membership vote on Tuesday at the Writers Guild theater.