Unifor members ratify 3-year deal with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Unifor members have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new three-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The vote percentage in favor, at 78%, was not quite at the level of the Ford (81%) ratification vote last month, but represented a high level of support nonetheless.The most significant part of the deal is the return of a third shift at the Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant by 2024 and as many as 2,000 jobs as well as FCA’s commitment to launch a new platform to build plug-in hybrid and/or battery electric vehicles.“The commitments we have secured in these negotiations will stabilize FC...
Detroit Free Press
Ford wage, benefits fuel union buzz at Honda, Toyota, says Canadian autoworkers leader
Jerry Dias has his eye on Honda and Toyota now.The president of Unifor, the union representing Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada, said contract talks with Ford Motor Co. went so well that nonunion workers have begun making inquiries, wondering if the time has come to join.The Ford deal announced Sept. 28 included a $1.5 billion (U.S.) investment to bring battery-electric vehicle production to Oakville Assembly near Toronto and a new engine derivative to Windsor. The agreement was a massive negotiation among government, company and union officials. And the wages set a pattern for the other au...
Detroit Free Press
Comcast agrees to pay $295,000 to settle pay discrimination allegations
Comcast Corp. agreed to pay $295,000 to 45 Black and Hispanic workers at its Philadelphia headquarters and raised some salaries to settle allegations of pay discrimination from the U.S. Department of Labor.The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) said it accused Comcast of discriminating against Black workers in engineering and program project management, as well as Hispanic employees in marketing and strategic planning. The agency said it found average pay disparities for the various positions ranging from $2,337 to $4,850 for those workers as of July 1, 2018, a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Unifor president says Fiat Chrysler deal stabilizes Windsor Assembly operations
The Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant would see as much as $1.5 billion (Canadian dollars) in investment and 2,000 jobs as part of the tentative deal Unifor reached with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles this week, according to the union’s national President Jerry Dias.The company also committed to launching a second vehicle platform at the Windsor plant in 2024, one to build plug-in hybrid and/or battery-electric vehicles, in addition to the current platform for the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans, Dias said during a news conference broadcast Thursday on Facebook. The news would mean the additi...
Detroit Free Press
Fiat Chrysler, Canadian autoworkers union reach tentative contract deal
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Unifor, the union representing FCA’s approximately 9,000 Canadian autoworkers, have reached a tentative contract deal, averting a possible strike late Wednesday.With only minutes to go before the 11:59 p.m. strike deadline, Unifor announced that a deal had been reached.No details were provided, but the company confirmed a tentative deal had been reached and said details would be provided at a later date.The negotiations with FCA followed successful contract talks between Ford and the union last month. General Motors is set to be the third company to negotiate in t...
Detroit Free Press
US family health insurance premiums surpass $21,000 before the pandemic
The average premium for family coverage in employer health plans is up about 4% this year to more than $21,000 — and employers are picking up more of the tab.Workers on average aren’t being asked to pay more in premiums for family coverage and those with individual coverage through their work aren’t seeing increases in deductibles, according survey results Thursday from the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation.The findings speak to the stability of health benefits in the pre-pandemic economy when employers were competing for talent in a tight labor market, said Matthew Rae, an associate d...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Disgraced ex-UAW President Williams pleads guilty in corruption saga
DETROIT — Former United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union, giving federal prosecutors a second landmark conviction in a years-long crackdown on auto industry corruption.Williams, 67, of Corona, Calif., pleaded guilty nearly four months after Gary Jones, his successor, admitted to helping steal more than $1 million from rank-and-file workers. They are the highest-ranking union leaders convicted in a corruption scandal that has pushed one of the nation’s most powerful unions to the brink of federal takeov...
The Detroit News
Texas looks to recoup millions it says it overpaid to jobless
If losing a job amid the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t stressful enough, tens of thousands of out-of-work Texans also have been notified that they received too much money in unemployment benefits and now are in debt to the state.The Texas Workforce Commission says it has overpaid a total of $203 million to about 185,000 people from March 1 through Sept. 15 while attempting to quickly get state and federal benefits to those in need.The figures are relatively small fractions of both the total amount that has been disbursed and the total number of people who have received benefits.According to data...
Seattle to require minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers
SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council on Tuesday unanimously backed a new pay formula for Uber and Lyft drivers meant to ensure they make the same $16.39 per hour minimum wage as other workers in the city.The new rules require ride-hailing companies to pay drivers rates high enough to account for a wide range of expenses and for the time drivers spend waiting for rides and heading on their way to pick up passengers, not just the time when a passenger is in the car.As the gig economy surged in recent years, Seattle battled ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft over pay and rights for their drivers,...
The Seattle Times
Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic
WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to student assignments was blocked.“It was terribly disruptive, to put it mildly,” said Toni Clay, the district’s spokesperson. “We no longer had access to any student information, such as schedules, email addresses, anything that would be stored. Internally,...