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Ford lays off 243 workers at stamping facility in Chicago Heights due to UAW strike at nearby Chicago Assembly Plant

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Ford has laid off 243 workers at its stamping facility in Chicago Heights in the wake of the strike at the nearby Chicago Assembly Plant.

A total of 330 layoffs were announced Monday between the Chicago Stamping Plant and the Lima Engine Plant in Ohio. Both facilities supply parts to Ford’s idled assembly plant on the city’s Southeast Side,...Read more

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UAW strike day 18: Estimated losses grow to nearly $4 billion, report says

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The United Auto Workers' strike of the Detroit automakers, now in its 18th day Monday, has resulted in nearly $4 billion in losses, according to an analysis released Monday.

The targeted walkouts of selected plants has resulted in $325 million in direct wages lost, $1.1 billion in losses to Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV, ...Read more

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Rivian EV production up again in third quarter, reaffirms annual goal

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Electric vehicle startup Rivian is continuing to ramp up its manufacturing output as the company prepares to begin vertical construction on its $5 billion factory an hour east of Atlanta.

The California-based upstart said Monday it assembled 16,304 plug-in vehicles at its Illinois plant during the three months that ended in September, up about ...Read more

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Tesla deliveries slide as factory downtime slows production

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Tesla Inc. shipped 435,059 cars globally in the third quarter, as factory downtime led to its first quarterly delivery decline in more than a year.

The results, posted Monday, missed expectations. Several Wall Street analysts had slashed their delivery estimates in recent days, and the consensus compiled by Bloomberg fell to 456,722 as of ...Read more

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Negotiations continue in third week of targeted walkouts in UAW strike

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Negotiations between the United Auto Workers and Detroit Three automakers continued Sunday — day 17 of an unprecedented strike by the union against Ford Motor Co., Stellantis NV and General Motors Co.

The strike started Sept. 15 with the UAW unleashing a targeted walkout strategy starting with plant work stoppages at Ford's Michigan Assembly ...Read more

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Newsom vetoes bill to give striking workers unemployment benefits

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Days after President Joe Biden joined a picket line of striking autoworkers in Michigan in an unprecedented public display of support, Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have given unemployment benefits to striking workers in California — a blow to organized labor in a state that typically embraces it.

“Now is not the time to ...Read more

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UAW strike day 16: Fain warns members not to let automaker messaging divide them

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TOLEDO, Ohio — United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain on Saturday warned autoworkers on strike not to let messaging from the Detroit Three automakers give up their fight for "justice."

"They're trying to cause doubt between the membership and the leadership," Fain told picketers at Stellantis NV's Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator plant in Toledo...Read more

Ford's Farley claims UAW is 'holding the deal hostage over battery plants'

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Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley on Friday accused the United Auto Workers of "holding the deal hostage" over the automaker's four planned battery plants in the United States.

Farley's remarks about ongoing contract negotiations with the UAW came on the heels of the union expanding its strike to two more plants: Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant, ...Read more

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In Santa Monica, officials will pay you not to drive your car

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Would you be willing to give up driving your car if the government paid you?

Residents of Santa Monica, California, will be contemplating that question as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority rolls out a new pilot program.

In partnership with the city of Santa Monica, Metro's "One Car Challenge" will pay 200 residents ...Read more


Auto review: 2023 Lexus LS500 is lusciously luxurious

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The 2023 Lexus LS500 AWD has arrived in Grasso's Garage, and what a ride it is! It's the kind of ride a VIP would expect while being being chauffeured. The rear seats are amazingly comfortable. They recline, offer massaging options, and feature even more legroom and engineering specifically designed for livery companies or busy executives who ...Read more


Auto review: Screaming Z06 is a Ferrari with a 'Vette badge

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PONTIAC, Michigan — Some road warriors like to crank up Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Others prefer Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” or AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.”

I’ll take the Chevy Corvette Z06’s flat-plane crank overhead-cam V-8 engine.

Wound at 8,500 RPM around M1 Concourse’s 1.5-mile circuit in Pontiac — ...Read more


Henry Payne: Honda debuts roomy, pricey, Ultium-based Prologue EV

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Honda Motor Co. on Thursday unveiled the Prologue SUV, its first electric vehicle for the U.S. market. It’s also the first Honda vehicle built in partnership with General Motors Co. on the Detroit automaker's Ultium battery platform.

With a targeted price of under $50,000 and an estimated range of 300 miles, Prologue is aimed at the meat of ...Read more

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Auto review: The Audi RS e-tron GT offers a different flavor from its Porsche sibling

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Brands hold sway, even if their products differ little. They possess a powerful hold over a purchasing decision. Consider the Audi RS e-tron GT, the automaker’s first battery-electric grand touring sedan that debuted for the 2022 model year. Given its price – our 2023 Audi RS e-tron GT test car started at $143,900 – would you choose it ...Read more

Canada's Unifor sets Oct. 9 deadline for contract with GM

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Canadian autoworkers union Unifor said it has set an Oct. 9 deadline to reach a tentative agreement with General Motors.

"Unifor informed GM that the union has set a negotiating deadline for Monday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m.," officials said Thursday in a bargaining update on its website.

The announcement comes about four days after its members ...Read more

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Tesla sued for 'widespread and ongoing' racial harassment at California plant

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Tesla Inc. for "widespread and ongoing" racial harassment of its Black employees and for retaliating against workers who spoke out about the problem, the federal agency announced Thursday.

Since at least 2015, "Black employees at Tesla's Fremont, California, manufacturing facilities have...Read more

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UAW aims for at least 30% wage bump to woo new members

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The United Auto Workers union wants to emerge from its strike against Detroit’s three major automakers with at least a 30% pay raise, according to people familiar with the matter.

That’s the level — which is lower than the around 40% hike it initially proposed to Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV — that the union ...Read more

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UAW aims for at least 30% wage bump to woo new members

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The United Auto Workers union wants to emerge from its strike against Detroit’s three major automakers with at least a 30% pay raise, according to people familiar with the matter.

That’s the level — which is lower than the around 40% hike it initially proposed to Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV — that the union ...Read more

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UAW strike day 13: Union plans more walkouts Friday unless talks progress

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The United Auto Workers union plans to add strike targets against the Detroit Three automakers Friday without progress at the negotiations table, a UAW source said Wednesday.

Like last week, the new locations for walkouts to begin at noon would be announced at 10 a.m. Friday on a Facebook livestream hosted by the union, according to the source,...Read more


Motormouth: Too short to drive safely?

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Q: I was initially excited to see a recent question posed by a short female driver until I realized her concern was about reaching her trunk hatch rather than about the injury that we shorties face if our airbags inflate. My feet don't reach the pedals if I push my seat back to provide the recommended 10 inches for safety. Any recommendations ...Read more

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Elon Musk says auto union's demands would bankrupt Big Three carmakers

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Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk blasted the United Auto Workers Tuesday, saying the union’s demands would “drive GM, Ford and Chrysler bankrupt in the fast lane.”

President Joe Biden endorsed the UAW’s demand for a major wage increase during a visit to a picket line at a General Motors Co. plant in suburban Detroit earlier...Read more