Joseph Szczesny


Joe covers labor and other industry issues for WardsAuto.

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.
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.


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