Joseph Szczesny


Joe covers labor and other industry issues for WardsAuto.


BorgWarner Broadens Powertrain-Component Portfolio
Over the past few years BorgWarner, which reported sales of $9.8 billion in 2017, has formed combined teams from multiple centers of expertise to offer OEMs a full array of products for internal combustion engines, hybrids and electric vehicles.
Lawsuits Against UAW Spin Off From Corruption Case 1
A federal lawsuit filed by three UAW members claims the union’s FCA contract was skewed in the automaker’s favor by the corruption of two top negotiators and alleges millions of dollars in dues collected from union members were “wasted on tainted bargaining.”
UAW Elects New FCA Department VP
The UAW chooses a veteran union director to head its FCA unit, replacing a vice president who retired Dec. 31 amid a federal investigation into misused union training funds.
Former BMW Executives Look to Become EV Players
Byton hopes its blend of expertise from China, Germany and the U.S. will help it stand out in an increasingly crowded field when it launches its first vehicle in 2019.
UAW’s Chief Chrysler Bargainer Jewell to Retire 1
Outgoing UAW official Norwood Jewell has not been charged in the embezzlement case.
UAW Leaders Make Key Presidential Endorsement
While hardly an outsider, Gary Jones, who worked at UAW headquarters in Detroit before becoming director of union’s western region, bested better-known potential candidates in winning the recommendation of the so-called “Reuther” caucus.
UAW Trounced in Bid to Represent Ohio Glass Workers
As in the union’s defeat in August at a Nissan plant in Canton, MS, the UAW blames the loss on a campaign conducted inside the Moraine, OH, plant by Fuyao Glass management.
UAW Seeks Foothold at Chinese-Owned Glass Factory
The petition for a representation election cites what union lawyers describe as a pattern of unsafe workplace conditions, arbitrary policies and unfair and unequal treatment of employees at Fuyao Glass America.
Volvo Cars Studying Whether Online Sales Click
Facing what a senior executive calls the prohibitive cost of stocking vehicles on dealer lots, Volvo only is selling the Volvo V90 – an updated version of an old-fashioned station wagon – to customers who specifically find and order the car online.
Tesla Lashes Out at UAW Over Work-Conditions Complaint 1
Allegations of unfair labor practices are “meant only to generate headlines,” the automaker says in a statement after receiving an official NLRB complaint.
UAW Cleans House Over Training-Funds Embezzlement
UAW President Dennis Williams said in a letter to union members, “We have pushed for, and implemented, needed reforms at the (UAW-FCA National Training Center) in an effort to prevent future misconduct.”
Ross Auto Industry’s Remaining Channel to Trump 1
As negotiations aimed at revising NAFTA get under way, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, 79, occupies a pivotal role between the administration’s trade hawks and key constituencies such as the auto industry.
UAW Vows to Resume Organizing Nissan in Mississippi 2
“Our expectation is that the UAW will respect and abide by (the workers) decision and cease their efforts to divide our Nissan family,” the automaker says. Pro-union employees say they plan to continue the years-long effort to organize the Canton plant despite being outvoted nearly 2 to 1.
Late UAW Vice President Leaves Tarnished Legacy
Alphons Iacobelli, FCA’s former chief labor negotiator, allegedly blocked ex-UAW President Bob King from obtaining financial records of a jointly run FCA-UAW training facility from which at least $2.2 million was diverted.
UAW President Accuses Nissan of Intimidating Workers 1
The upcoming vote will be the UAW’s third attempt to organize Nissan workers in the U.S. South; it lost two previous elections at the Smyrna, TN, plant.