March 2, 1998 |
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.
February 23, 1998 |
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.
February 17, 1998 |
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.
February 14, 1998 |
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.
February 2, 1998 |
Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers are to resume full-scale negotiations today, more than six years since the last time the construction equipment maker and the union had a contract. Last year, officials from both sides held six meetings with a federal mediator to figure out where they stood. Those meetings led the officials to order talks between each UAW local and factory-level executives to settle individual concerns.
February 2, 1998 |
With his jovial manner and many contributions to life in this village of 5,000, Martin Viessmann just doesn't seem to cut it as Class Enemy No. 1. His industrialist father and grandfather built and developed the furnace factory that employs about 3,500 people here and provided the heaters that warm most of their homes.
November 18, 1997 |
The U.S. Labor Department launched an investigation Monday of a frustrated attempt by Tijuana factory workers to create an independent union, a move that will mean deeper scrutiny of labor practices in Baja California's growing maquiladora industry. The independent union won a 54-34 majority of the votes in an election at the Han Young factory Oct. 6, but a dozen of its supporters have lost their jobs and the Tijuana labor board has refused to recognize the union.
November 7, 1997 |
Congressional opponents of the Clinton administration's bid for increased authority to negotiate free trade accords are pointing to a grimy Tijuana factory where they say workers won an uphill election for what is being billed as the first independent union of the border maquiladora factories--but lost their jobs. Even a manager of the Han Young plant, which supplies tractor-trailer chassis for Hyundai Precision America in San Diego, concedes that the independent union won the Oct. 6 election.
August 17, 1997 |
General Motors Corp. averted another strike by the United Auto Workers when it reached a tentative agreement Saturday on a local contract. GM and the UAW agreed on the pact covering 5,320 workers at the Willow Run and Romulus transmission plants at 2:30 a.m. EDT, said Chuck Zurawski, president of Local 735. The union had said its members would strike if no agreement was reached by 11:59 p.m. Friday, but both sides agreed to continue bargaining beyond that deadline.
May 5, 1997 |
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and the United Steelworkers union have reached a tentative agreement to end a two-week strike, but workers will remain on the picket lines until the deal is ratified. Union spokesman Curt Brown said Sunday that members will vote Thursday on the six-year agreement reached Saturday night. It would be the first long-term contract in the industry's history.