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BUSINESS
June 13, 1998 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Strikes against General Motors Corp. hit right at the core of the auto maker's most lucrative operations on Friday, forcing it to shut down assembly plants producing high-profit pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles as well as other facilities. The strikes now threaten to halt nearly all of the nation's largest auto maker's North American vehicle output within a week, with a quick settlement seen as unlikely. GM on Friday halted production at plants in Pontiac, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind.
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BUSINESS
June 8, 1998 | Reuters
Strike talks at a General Motors Corp. metal-stamping plant recessed without agreement, setting the stage for the auto maker to reduce car and truck production this week. Negotiations will resume today. About 3,400 hourly workers from United Auto Workers Local 659 went on strike Friday at the Flint Metal Center in Flint, Mich. The dispute covers staffing, work rules, new investment and other issues.
BUSINESS
May 15, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
Daimler-Benz's German union is considering an alliance with the United Auto Workers at Chrysler Corp. that would negotiate benefits for the 410,000 workers who would work for DaimlerChrysler, a Daimler board member said Thursday. The new "global labor council" being considered by the two unions would collectively bargain for benefits for DaimlerChrysler workers on both continents.
NEWS
March 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
The United Auto Workers union approved a six-year contract with Caterpillar Inc. on Sunday, their first deal with the heavy equipment maker since 1991. The contract covers roughly 13,000 Caterpillar workers, most at plants in Aurora, Decatur and East Peoria in Illinois and at the company's Pontiac, Mich., plant. It also covers smaller numbers in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Tennessee. The vote at Local 974, the largest local covered by the contract, was 55% to 45% for the deal, UAW officials said.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1998 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Union workers at Saturn Corp. on Wednesday decisively reaffirmed their support for the innovative contract that has made the small-car company a model of labor-management cooperation. But the vote unmasked widespread dissatisfaction among Saturn workers with General Motors Corp.'s support of its main import-fighting car model, and underscored deep divisions in the ranks of the United Auto Workers.
NEWS
March 7, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS
Unionized Anheuser-Busch workers in contract talks with their employer say they are prepared to strike as early as next week if the negotiations collapse. Eyeing a Sunday evening deadline for the talks, scores of employees at the brewer's sprawling Van Nuys plant walked a makeshift picket line Thursday, with many carrying signs saying they were "just practicing." But a spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 896 said the workers were ready for a real work stoppage.
NEWS
March 2, 1998 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has come down to 50 nameless workers, 50 union members still locked out of their assembly line jobs after six years of strikes and employment without a contract. The fate of the anonymous 50 is the bargaining chip that could either end the long-running war between the United Auto Workers and Caterpillar Inc.--the most costly American labor dispute of the last decade--or drive its combatants farther apart.
NEWS
February 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
The United Auto Workers voted Sunday to reject a new contract with Caterpillar Inc., continuing its six-year dispute with the nation's largest maker of earth-moving equipment. Jim Clingan, president of Local 974, the union's largest Caterpillar local, said members nationwide voted 58% to 42% against the contract. The union hall here erupted in applause when the contract, which was supported by the union leadership, was rejected.
BUSINESS
February 17, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
United Auto Workers members at General Motors Corp.'s Saturn plant in Tennessee, where pay is falling because of slow sales, could soon scrap the innovative labor teams that are part of the unit's folksy advertising image. Saturn is unique within GM because of its extensive use of team-based labor groups, which give workers expanded responsibilities for monitoring quality and costs. Workers in Spring Hill, Tenn.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1998 | DONALD W. NAUSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers union reached a tentative contract agreement Friday that, if ratified, will end one of the nation's longest, most contentious labor disputes of the 1990s. The company and its 13,000 UAW workers have been at odds since 1991, when the previous contract expired. The dispute prompted two lengthy strikes, the hiring of temporary replacements and the filing of more than 440 unfair labor practice complaints with the federal government.
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