Joseph Szczesny


Joe covers labor and other industry issues for WardsAuto.

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.
Magna Deal Gives UAW Second Victory in Southern U.S.
The Magna vote is the UAW’s second successful organizing drive in the Southern U.S., where a half-dozen other non-union plants have held the UAW at bay with tactics ranging from comparable pay to threats to move work to Mexico or Thailand.
UAW Ramps Up Pressure to Organize Mississippi Plant
Christian Hutin, a member of the French National Assembly, is asking the French government to use its 20% stake in Renault – making it Nissan’s largest shareholder – “to help improve the situation in Canton,” the UAW says in a news release.
Proposed Deal Hikes Teamsters’ Pay, Retains Benefits
“In my opinion, this is the best money we’re able to get,” says Kevin Moore, director of the Teamsters division representing more than 6,000 car haulers and maintenance workers.
Canada’s Unifor to Walk Pay Hike, Job-Security Tightrope in Contract Talks 1
The talks, tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-August, a little over a month before the current contract’s mid-September expiration, will mark the first time Unifor representatives will sit across the table from Detroit’s car makers.
Automakers, Labor Keep Trade on Radar in Election 1
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has attacked free-trade deals as U.S. job killers, while Democrat Hillary Clinton warns Trump’s proposed tariffs and attacks on free trade would trigger a potentially ruinous trade war.
Car-Sharing Concept Traces Roots to ’60s Counterculture 2
A museum exhibit highlights “hippie” ideas of communal property that planted the seeds for today’s car-sharing revolution.
CrossBlue in Crosshairs as VW-UAW Clash Escalates 1
The UAW’s success in organizing skilled-trades workers, whose extensive training would make them hard to replace, gives the union a foothold in Chattanooga before VW recruits new employees to build the CrossBlue CUV, which the automaker is counting on to help reverse its sharp decline in the U.S. market.
Auto Industry ‘Disruption’ Overrated, Analyst Argues
As recently as five years ago, analysts predicted wider acceptance of electric vehicles and designs dictated by new markets as sales growth slowed or stopped in mature markets such as those in North America and Europe. Instead, global companies have increased their influence by stepping up R&D of new technology and vehicles.
Detroit Three in Cuba: Close, No Cigar Yet 1
While American car companies don’t yet appear to be in any hurry to reclaim territory they once ruled with robust style, they are reacting with measured optimism over President Barack Obama’s efforts to normalize Cuban-American relations.


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