Joseph Szczesny

Joseph
Szczesny

Joe covers labor and other industry issues for WardsAuto.

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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.
Study Defends Green Credentials of EVs, PHEVs
The report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute indicates EVs are much cleaner than conventionally powered vehicles.
UAW Focuses on Safety in Tesla Organizing Effort
As production volume and the pace of work increases, something Tesla founder Elon Musk has promised will happen, the number of injuries also is likely to rise without changes in the plant, workplace-safety expert Doug Parker says.
Organizing Tesla Takes UAW Into Uncharted Territory 1
“On the one hand you have the entrepreneurial startup culture of Silicon Valley represented by Tesla, and on the other hand you have the culture of the factory floor represented by the UAW,” labor expert Harley Shaiken says.
Trump Visit Highlights Potential Win-Lose for Automakers
Auto executives are happy with the president’s pledge for a midterm CAFE review, but they remain wary about the direction of NAFTA and international trade.
UAW President Williams Takes Trump’s Side on Trade
Over the years, the union has maintained a running critique of NAFTA as automakers and suppliers have moved work to Mexico to capitalize on lower wages and looser regulations than are in place in the U.S.
Automakers Work to Ensure Employee Safety in Mexico
Violent crime has prompted the U.S. State Department to issue warnings to Americans traveling in Mexico. Detroit automakers have told employees to take even greater precautions on business trips to plants in places such as Saltillo and San Luis Potosi.
Microsoft: Cloud to Outweigh Future Cars’ Sheetmetal
Microsoft’s Chris Pendleton says data stored in the cloud creates opportunities for the software giant’s partners and OEMs to deliver services that will help car owners and other customers operate more efficiently.
Experts Say China Advancing on All Automotive Fronts
Auto sales in China topped 24.5 million units in 2015 and will continue growing at a modest but steady clip in coming years, reaching more than 30 million annually in the next decade, panelists at the University of Michigan discussion say.
UAW President Sees Potential Policy Ally in Trump
“NAFTA is a huge problem. I think his position on trade is right on,” Dennis Williams says of Republican Trump. “When I look at the amount of money that General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Nissan are putting in Mexico…taking jobs away from our country and our communities…I think there should be consequences.”
Canadian Auto Workers Win Some, Lose Some With Ford
The Unifor union won commitments from Ford to invest C$700 million in its Canadian facilities, but the automaker didn’t budge from the 2-tier wage system also opposed by Unifor’s United Auto Workers counterparts in the U.S.
No Stopping Brembo as Brake Maker Sets Up in Mexico
The new plant will concentrate on producing aluminum calipers for vehicles built in Mexico by U.S. and European automakers. Brembo is negotiating to supply Asian automakers as well, plant manager Jose Miguel Leon Graffin says.
Ford Canada May Face Union Pushback Over 2-Tier Wage
There are signs union members at Ford – where more than 40% of the workers are new hires paid lower, second-tier wages – will make an issue of the 10-year grow-in period contained in the pattern agreement Unifor has signed with GM and FCA.
Canadian Government White Knight as Unifor, GM Reach Tentative Deal
Under the terms of the settlement, the automaker’s assembly plant in Oshawa, an engine and transmission plant in St. Catharines and a parts depot in Ontario all will receive significant new investment.
Car Haulers Reject Second Contract Offer
Kevin Moore, director of the Teamsters’ Carhaul Div. who also is president of Teamsters Local 299 in Detroit, says the union will evaluate all its options, including a strike, slowdown or other “job action” when leaders reconvene next week.