December 20, 1999 |
Auto workers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Sunday with General Motors' Saturn Corp. that would alter the risk-reward arrangement that helped make Saturn "a different kind of car company." Union workers voted 2,220 to 271 for the four-year contract covering Saturn's 7,200 workers in Spring Hill and about 100 at the company's engineering center in Madison Heights, Mich. The contract is much closer to those negotiated by the union for other U.S. auto workers, according to UAW Local 1853.
December 16, 1999 |
Autobytel.com Inc., which operates an Internet car purchasing site, signed an agreement with General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. unit to send inquiries for Saturn cars to the unit's Web site, rather than to a dealership. In a press release Wednesday, Autobytel.com said the agreement will result in more consumer inquiries to the car company's Web site, saturn.com.
July 1, 1999 |
With its arrival nearly a decade ago as General Motors Corp.'s small-car import fighter, Saturn Corp. successfully marketed itself as "a different kind of company, a different kind of car." While its sedans, coupes and wagons are hardly exceptional, they are competent enough and made Saturn a serious small-car competitor known for its consumer-friendly buying process and homespun image.
March 30, 1999 |
Saturn Corp., dogged by slipping sales and a solitary line of aging subcompacts, will unveil its first mid-size sedan Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show. The debut of the 2000 L-Series sedan and wagon, which go on sale in July, comes at a time of unusual turmoil for Saturn, the small-car unit of General Motors Corp. and a onetime pioneer in new technologies, no-dicker pricing and freer labor-management relations.
March 20, 1999 |
General Motors Corp.'s Saturn Corp. discriminated against injured workers by forcing them to rotate through different jobs, a federal jury ruled Friday in a decision that could force revisions in the car maker's innovative labor policies. More than 50 current or former employees with work-related injuries had sued Saturn, claiming its policy of making them rotate jobs like other workers violated the Americans With Disabilities Act. A U.S. District Court jury in Columbia, Tenn.
February 25, 1999 |
United Auto Workers members, in an apparent rebuke to innovative labor-management relations at Saturn Corp., voted to replace Michael Bennett, the union leader in the plant since the mid-1980s. Bennett will be replaced as bargaining chairman of UAW Local 1853 at Saturn by Robert "Jeep" Williams, who serves as the local's vice president.