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Detroit becomes 'Jeep City' with first new auto plant in 30 years
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
A Stellantis assembly worker walks between two 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L vehicles on the assembly line at the Detroit Assembly Complex - Mack Plant in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca CookInside the first new auto assembly plant built in the Motor City since 1991, the smell of hot metal hangs in the air as new Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs head down the welding line. The plant, which began building vehicles in March, now is operating three shifts a day, plant manager Michael Brieda said. The new Jeep plant underscores the split personality of the United States vehicle market, where most of the vehicles coming down the Mack assembly line will be sold. The nearby Jefferson North Jeep plant was built in 1991 - and until now was the Motor City's newest assembly plant.
Persons: Mack Plant, Rebecca Cook, Stellantis, General Motors, Michael Brieda, Brieda, Mack, Mario Holmes Organizations: Cherokee, REUTERS, Motor City, Stellantis NV, City, Grand Cherokees, Ford, General, GMC, Detroit City, United, Tesla Inc, Jefferson, Thomson Locations: Detroit, Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Motor, City of Detroit, GMC Acadia, United States, Jefferson North
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoA former president of the United Auto Workers, Gary Jones, on Thursday was sentenced to 28 months in jail for embezzling union funds as part of a larger federal probe into corruption in the union. Jones, who pleaded guilty last June to charges he embezzled more than $1 million, appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Thursday. On Thursday morning, Jones pleaded for mercy from Judge Paul Borman and again apologized to the union and its members. read moreThe UAW said Jones' sentencing brings to a close a "very dark chapter" in the union's history. Jones' predecessor as head of the UAW, Dennis Williams, pleaded guilty to embezzlement of union funds in September and was sentenced to 21 months in prison last month.
Persons: Gary Jones, Rebecca Cook, Jones, Judge Paul Borman, " Jones, Saima Mohsin, Dennis Williams Organizations: United Auto Workers, National Association of, Advancement for Colored, REUTERS, UAW, Internal Revenue Service, U.S, Eastern, Eastern District of Michigan Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Detroit, Corsicana , Texas, Eastern District, United States
GM backs emissions reductions outlined in California agreement
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.59   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: The new GM logo is seen on the facade of the General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors said Wednesday it supports the emissions reductions outlined in a 2019 deal struck between California and other major automakers but wants the federal government to adopt changes to speed the adoption of electric vehicles. The announcement came after GM Chief Executive Mary Barra met with Environmental Protection Agency chief Michael Regan. The Biden administration plans to announce by July proposed revisions to U.S. vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions requirements. The requirements are lower than Obama-era rules but higher than the Trump administration’s rollback.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, General Motors, Mary Barra, Michael Regan, Biden, Regan “ Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, General, GM, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor Co, Volkswagen AG, BMW, Trump Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, California
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoGM’s position, outlined in a letter from Chief Executive Mary Barra to Environmental Protection Agency head Michael Regan, represented the latest shift on vehicle emissions policy by the No. Until November, GM backed the Trump administration’s effort to block California from setting tougher emissions standards than the federal government. Under the California standard, GM and other automakers will be out of compliance for the current 2021 model year and 2022. GM proposes that automakers ramp up to the California greenhouse gas standards by 2023 and then go beyond the proposed California emissions targets for 2024-2026 to reduce overall emissions for the 2020-2026 period by the same amount. The industry would then be set up for regulations for the 2027-2035 period that “will need to focus on full battery electric vehicle deployment,” Barra wrote.
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Live Live Updates: CNN Says Government Issued Gag Order in Fight Over Reporter’s Email Data The network ultimately turned over “a limited set of email logs,” it said. CNN reveals the government obtained a gag order on its lawyers in a fight over reporter email data. A judge granted an injunction of the Trump order, giving TikTok a lifeline until November. President Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, on Wednesday shortly before the president’s first trip abroad. After Google resisted complying, the Justice Department under Mr. Biden kept the effort going until dropping it last Wednesday.
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Detroit Three automakers will continue to require facial coverings
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoDetroit’s Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said on Wednesday that workers will continue to be required to wear masks in workplaces. The UAW and the automakers said temperature screening upon entering facilities is expected to be phased out. The UAW and automakers continue to recommend autoworkers get vaccinated. Many U.S. employers are still requiring vaccinated workers to wear masks in workplaces. Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is among the automakers that has ended temperature checks and entry questionnaires at U.S. plants but it is continuing to require facial coverings.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, autoworkers, COVID Organizations: Warren, Assembly, REUTERS, United Auto Workers, UAW, General Motors Co, Ford Motor, Chrysler, Stellantis, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, U.S, Volkswagen, Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor, Nissan Motor, Thomson Locations: Warren , Michigan, U.S
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo/File PhotoThe United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. The 250-page report outlining policy recommendations mentioned large lithium supplies in Chile and Australia, the world's two largest producers of the white battery metal. read moreThe White House acknowledged China's role as the world's largest processor of EV metals and said it would expand efforts to lessen that dependency. It can and should work with allies and partners to expand global production and to ensure secure global supplies," it said in the report. The program's administrators will focus on financing battery manufacturers and companies that refine, recycle and process critical minerals, the White House said.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Joe Biden's, Biden Organizations: Motors, Bolt, Orion Assembly, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S . Development Finance Corporation, White, Department of, Tesla Inc, China, EVs, Energy Department, Technology Vehicles Manufacturing, Thomson Locations: Lake Orion , Michigan, U.S, States, Canada, Finland, Chile, Australia, United States, Nevada
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo/File PhotoThe United States must work with allies to secure the minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries and process them domestically in light of environmental and other competing interests, the White House said on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what that meant for existing EV minerals projects. Securing enough copper, lithium and other raw materials to make EV batteries is a major obstacle to Biden's aggressive EV adoption plans, with domestic mines facing extensive regulatory hurdles and environmental opposition. read moreThe White House acknowledged China's role as the world's largest processor of EV metals and said it would expand efforts to lessen that dependency. The program's administrators will focus on financing battery manufacturers and companies that refine, recycle and process critical minerals, the White House said.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Joe Biden's, Biden Organizations: Motors, Bolt, Orion Assembly, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S . Development Finance Corporation, White, Department of, China, EVs, Energy Department, Technology Vehicles Manufacturing, Thomson Locations: Lake Orion , Michigan, U.S, States, United States
Tesla's heavy trucking unit chief leaves company
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Jerome Guillen, Vice President of Tesla Sales and Service, speaks in front of a Tesla S electric car and a charging station (R) during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca CookTesla Inc's (TSLA.O) chief of heavy trucking unit, Jerome Guillen, has left the company, the electric-car maker said on Monday, barely three months after taking over the role. Guillen, who has been with the company for over a decade, was named president of Tesla Heavy Trucking unit in March, with a mandate to lead the company's entry into the heavy trucks market. Guillen previously oversaw the company's entire vehicles business as president of the Automotive unit, a role to which he was appointed in 2018. Tesla is yet to begin delivering its battery-powered Semi electric commercial truck, saying supply constraints could delay its mass production to 2022.
Persons: Jerome Guillen, Rebecca Cook Tesla, Guillen, Tesla Organizations: Tesla, Service, North American, REUTERS, Automotive, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan
Tesla veteran and trucking chief leaves company
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Jerome Guillen, Vice President of Tesla Sales and Service, speaks in front of a Tesla S electric car and a charging station (R) during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca CookLong-time Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) executive Jerome Guillen, who oversaw its Semi electric trucks slated to be launched this year, has left the company, Tesla said on Monday, barely three months after taking over the role. Guillen, who has been with the company for over a decade since starting as a Model S program director in 2010, oversaw Tesla's entire vehicles business before being named president of the Tesla Heavy Trucking unit in March. Tesla is yet to begin delivering its battery-powered Semi electric commercial truck, with Musk saying in recent months that battery cell supply constraints could delay its mass production to 2022. Separately, Musk said on Sunday that Tesla has canceled its longest-range Model S Plaid+, which would use 4680 cells and whose production had been delayed to next year.
Persons: Jerome Guillen, Rebecca Cook Long, Tesla, Guillen, Elon Musk, Dan Levy, Musk, Louis Navellier, RJ Johnson Organizations: Tesla, Service, North American, REUTERS, Suisse, Energy, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan
GM expands Onstar services beyond its vehicle owner base
  + stars: | 2021-06-07 | by ( Joseph White | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
The new GM logo is seen on the facade of the General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook//File PhotoGeneral Motors Co (GM.N) plans to offer subscriptions for its Onstar Guardian security services to anyone in the United States or Canada who wants to download a smartphone app, expanding beyond owners of GM vehicles in a step to generate recurring revenue. Onstar Guardian services, including roadside assistance and crash response dispatching, will be offered through an Apple or Android smartphone app to people who don't drive GM vehicles for $15 a month after a one-month trial, GM said. read moreOnstar is developing new insurance offers and a data analytics service for fleet operators. GM, in its announcement, did not say how much additional revenue it expects from offering Onstar Guardian beyond the GM vehicle owner population.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Mary Barra Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, General Motors Co, Guardian, Apple, GM, Onstar Guardian, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, United States, Canada, Onstar
The new GM logo is seen on the facade of the General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 16, 2021. The original vote was led by the Miguel Trujillo Lopez union, an affiliate of the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM). A labor ministry report last month showed GM workers in Silao were on track to scrap the contract negotiated by CTM. The head of the Miguel Trujillo Lopez union did not reply to requests for comment. (This story corrects name of union on second reference to make it “Miguel Trujillo Lopez” instead of “Miguel Lopez Trujillo” in last paragraph)Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Biden, Katherine Tai, Miguel Trujillo Lopez, CTM, Carlos Aceves del Olmo, Luisa Maria Alcalde, “ Miguel Trujillo Lopez ”, “ Miguel Lopez Trujillo ” Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, General Motors Co, GM, U.S, U.S . Trade Representative, of Mexican Workers, Labor, Labor Ministry, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Mexico, Silao, United States, Canada
U.S. first-quarter worker productivity unrevised at 5.4%
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Rebecca Cook/File PhotoU.S. worker productivity rebounded solidly in the first quarter, the government confirmed on Thursday, also noting that labor costs grew instead of contracting as previously reported. Nonfarm productivity, which measures hourly output per worker, increased at an unrevised 5.4% annualized rate last quarter, the Labor Department said. Productivity fell at a 3.8% rate in the fourth quarter. Compared to the first quarter of 2020, productivity rose at an unrevised 4.1% rate. Unit labor costs surged at a 14.0% rate in the fourth quarter.
Persons: Rebecca Cook Organizations: Labor Department, Productivity, Reuters, Unit, Thomson Locations: Romulus , Michigan, U.S
The new GM logo is seen on the facade of the General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoGeneral Motors Co (GM.N) expects first-half 2021 financial results to be significantly better than forecast earlier as semiconductor chip deliveries pick up in the second quarter, the automaker said on Thursday. Shares of the company, which restarted operations only recently after factories had been idled due to a global semiconductor chips shortage, were up 3% before the bell. "The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid, but the speed, agility and commitment of our team... has helped us find creative ways," Phil Kienle, GM vice president North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations said. It had previously told investors it expected adjusted earnings before interest and taxes for the first half to be around $5.5 billion.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Phil Kienle Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, General Motors Co, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC, North America Manufacturing, Labor Relations, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Detroit
For the full year, GM said it expected pretax profits "at the higher end" of a $10 billion to $11 billion range. GM did not give a precise second quarter or full year forecast, beyond saying it was "optimistic" of hitting the full-year target. GM said "smaller volumes" of other vehicles that have been held back awaiting chips will also be shipped during June and July. However, GM said production at other factories in North America, Asia and South America will be curtailed through June and July. During the second half, GM said it expects semiconductor supplies to recover, allowing for increased production and shipments of vehicles.
Persons: Rebecca Cook Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, General Motors Co, Detroit, GM, Ford Motor, Stellantis, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Silverado, Colorado, GMC, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, North America, New York, United States, China, Flint, Mich, Sierra, German, Mo, Asia, South America
GM restarting some plants hit by chips shortage
  + stars: | 2021-05-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: The new GM logo is seen on the facade of the General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo(Reuters) - General Motors Co said Thursday it will be soon be restarting production at five assembly plants around the world that have been idled due to a global semiconductor chips shortage. GM said it is restarting operations at four plants in the United States, Mexico and Canada starting next week. Two plants in Mexico will resume production next week that build the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Blazer. Next week GM will also resume full production at its Bupyeong 1 Assembly in Korea, which had been operating at 50% capacity since April 26 and return another Korean assembly plant to two shifts.
Persons: Rebecca Cook Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, GM, Chevrolet Blazer Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, United States, Mexico, Canada, Korea
Executives also laid out clear sales forecasts for electric vehicles as well as profit and other financial targets that Wall Street can use to gauge the company's progress. Barclays analyst Brian Johnson said the new "Ford+ plan answers most investor concerns," specifically around EVs and margin improvements. Specifically, additional details on its future EV lineup, autonomous vehicle business and when the company plans to reinstate its coveted dividend. The automaker will create "Ford Pro," a new vehicle services and distribution business within the automaker "devoted to commercial and government customers." Ford said a new EV platform would be the base for EV versions of the Explorer SUV, Lincoln Aviator crossover and future "rugged SUVs."
Persons: Jim Farley, Rebecca Cook, Jim Farley's, Joseph Spak, Ford, Brian Johnson, Jim Hackett, Mark Fields, Spak, Tesla, Mary Barra, Ford didn't, Farley, Elon Musk, AVs Ford, John Lawler, Lawler Organizations: FORD, Ford Motor Co, Reuters Ford, Ford, RBC Capital Markets, Barclays, EV, Lincoln, General Motors, Cairn Energy Research Advisors, GM, Lincoln Aviator, Argo, Volkswagen AG Locations: Dearborn , Michigan, EVs, American
Global property markets ready to soar this year
  + stars: | 2021-05-25 | by ( Shrutee Sarkar | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
REUTERS/Rebecca CookResidential property markets in major economies will soar this year on huge monetary and fiscal support and amid a recovery from the pandemic, according to Reuters polls, which showed risks for prices skewed to the upside. The global boom in property prices comes alongside soaring stock markets, which quickly bounced back from a slump on pandemic-driven economic damage and devastating job losses, to focus on unprecedented stimulus and the recovery at hand. Britain's housing boom was set to roll on too on ongoing government support alongside increased demand for more living space. "While the first wave provided some relief to the sector, post the second wave, buyers would become fence-sitters for an extended period." (Other stories from the Reuters housing market polls: )Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Andrew Harvey, Matthew Pointon, Gregory Daco, Ashish Nainan, Saintgits Organizations: REUTERS, Nationwide, Capital Economics, White, Oxford Economics, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Dubai, India
Michigan governor apologizes for apparent social distancing violation
  + stars: | 2021-05-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer addresses the media about the flooding along the Tittabawassee River, after several dams breached, in downtown Midland, Michigan, U.S., May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca CookMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an apology on Sunday after an image showed her to be apparently violating state-mandated social distancing guidelines at an East Lansing restaurant. A photo circulated on social media of Whitmer with a large group of unmasked people at the Landshark Bar & Grill. Michigan restaurants and bars remain subject to capacity limits and social distancing requirements due to the coronavirus outbreak. Current orders require six people or less at tables and distances of 6 feet (1.8 meters) between tables.
Persons: Gretchen Whitmer, Rebecca Cook, Whitmer, I've Organizations: REUTERS, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Thomson Locations: Midland , Michigan, U.S, East Lansing, Michigan
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoFord Motor Co (F.N) and South Korean battery maker SK Innovation (096770.KS) are set to launch a battery joint venture in the United States to support the ramp-up of the No. A memorandum of understanding about the joint venture will be announced on Thursday, the sources, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. SK Innovation said in a statement it does not comment on specific projects for reasons of client confidentiality. The Ford-SK joint venture will highlight close U.S. and South Korean ties on EVs, a key priority for Biden. SK Innovation, with battery production sites in the United States, Hungary, China and South Korea, has an annual capacity of about 40 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of batteries.
Persons: Jim Farley, Rebecca Cook, Ford, Joe Biden, Biden, Moon Jae, We've, we've, Farley Organizations: Ford Motor Co, REUTERS, Ford, SK Innovation, Reuters, SK, a.m, ETon, LG Energy, LG Chem Ltd, U.S, SK Innovation's, Volkswagen AG, Ford EV, LG, Korean, Biden, General Motors Co, United Auto Workers union, Ford's, Transit, Thomson Locations: Dearborn , Michigan, U.S, Korean, KS, United States, Georgia, Michigan, Washington, SK's Georgia, EVs, Hungary, China, South Korea, Ohio, Tennessee
REUTERS/Rebecca CookPresident Joe Biden will make the case for his $174 billion electric vehicle plan on Tuesday, calling for government grants for new battery production facilities during a visit to a Ford Motor (F.N) electric vehicle plant in Michigan. The White House wants to encourage new battery production facilities, which are key to ramping up U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing. The centerpiece of Biden's EV plan is $100 billion in consumer rebates, according to an April U.S. Transportation Department email to lawmakers. The existing $7,500 EV tax credit applies to vehicles regardless of price but phases out after a manufacturer sells 200,000 EVs. The White House has declined to say how Biden wants EV tax credits restructured or if he wants to hike credits.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Joe Biden, White, Biden Organizations: Ford Motor, REUTERS, Ford, Reuters, U.S . Transportation Department, EV, General Motors, Biden, Republicans, Postal Service, Thomson Locations: Warren , Michigan, U.S, Michigan, United States, China
Biden is pushing for electric vehicles in the auto industry's heartland, and trying to win over auto workers worried that more electric cars and trucks will mean fewer jobs. "It's jobs, jobs, union jobs," he told a Ford worker on the tour. The White House wants to encourage new battery production facilities, which are key to ramping up U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing. The centerpiece of Biden's EV plan is $100 billion in consumer rebates, according to an April U.S. Transportation Department email to lawmakers. The White House has declined to say how Biden wants EV tax credits restructured or if he wants to hike credits.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Joe Biden, Biden, saidahead, We've, White, Rory Gamble, Ford, General Motors Organizations: Ford Motor, REUTERS, Ford, Lordstown, Nikola Motors, United Auto Workers, General, U.S . Transportation Department, EV, General Motors, Biden, Republicans, Capitol, Postal Service, Thomson Locations: Warren , Michigan, U.S, Michigan, EVs, China, United States, Mexico
Speakers on the stage shared similar sentiments, saying they felt courted - and then disrespected - by Biden. Turnout among those voters in Michigan rose 6 percentage points to 71% in 2020 from 65% in the 2016 presidential race, according to Emgage, a Muslim-American voting group. On Monday, a senior aide to Biden, Cedric Richmond, met with Arab-American, Palestinian-American and Muslim community leaders. On his trip to Michigan, Biden was met by U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress and a leading voice in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. "I pray that your grandmom and family are well," Biden said to Tlaib at a public event later.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Joe Biden, Biden, Washington's, , Dawood Ali, Ali, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Cedric Richmond, Rashida Tlaib, Tlaib Organizations: REUTERS, Biden, Ford Motor, Palestinian, Democratic, Hamas, Reuters, Muslim, Republican, White House, U.S, Democratic Party, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Dearborn , Michigan, U.S, Israel, Gaza, Dearborn, Palestinian, Michigan
The Biden administration on Wednesday called for a probe into allegations that worker rights were denied at GM's Silao pickup truck plant during the vote to ratify workers' collective contract with the Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM). Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday said he accepted the U.S. recommendation to make sure there would be no fraud in union votes. read moreA ministry report into the vote, reviewed by Reuters, shows that 1,784 workers cast ballots against keeping the CTM contract, while 1,628 workers voted to maintain it. It declined to comment on the Labor Ministry report. If GM workers scrap their contract, either the CTM or a new union could negotiate new collective terms.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Biden, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Alfonso Bouzas, Bouzas, CTM's Miguel Trujillo Lopez, Tereso Medina, Medina, Hugo Varela, El Sol Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, General Motors Co, Confederation of Mexican Workers, Institutional Revolutionary Party, Reuters, Labor Ministry, Mexico's National Autonomous University, American Free Trade, GM, Workers, Goodyear Tire &, La Jornada, El Sol de Leon, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Mexico, United States, Canada, Matamoros, Medina, Guanajuato
The CTM, which represents 4.5 million workers, is one of several traditional unions accused by workers and activists of putting business interests over workers' rights. read moreA ministry report into the vote, reviewed by Reuters, shows that 1,784 workers cast ballots against keeping the CTM contract, while 1,628 workers voted to maintain it. He did not dispute the vote tally in the labor ministry report, but called for an investigation into the disputed proceeding before a second vote. If GM workers scrap their contract, either the CTM or a new union could negotiate new collective terms. It declined to comment on the Labor Ministry report.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Biden, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Alfonso Bouzas, Bouzas, Patricio Flores, CTM, Jerry Dias, Dias Organizations: General Motors, REUTERS, General Motors Co, Confederation of Mexican Workers, GM, Reuters, Labor Ministry, Mexico's National Autonomous University, Thomson Locations: Detroit , Michigan, U.S, Mexico, United States, Canada
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