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1st Gear: General Motors Commits to Electrics
"We are committed to an All-EV future and continue to work in that direction," said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors The Detroit Free Press . Their company also uses their money where their mouths are, as GM announced on Tuesday that it will ramp up bolt production in the fourth quarter to meet demand and launch more than 20 new electric vehicles by 2023.
The Bolt has been a decent seller to date, selling 26,005 Bolt EVs last year, with 94 percent of retail sales to regular car buyers, as opposed to fleets such as government organizations and rental companies.
GM has not stated how much they will rise Until the time of bolt production, however, they discovered that some overseas manufacturing facilities, such as South Korea, will produce slightly more.
Nevertheless, GM's big sellers are its trucks, and Barra claims that the upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks will boost the bottom of the company as it plans in electric and autonomous technology.
A decrease in net income of 59.8 percent and a 26.6 percent decrease in operating income in the first quarter were driven by lower pickup production for the new 2019 models and a restructuring of the South Korea business.
. 2 Gang: Workers testify to the National Industrial Relations Committee He was prevented from forming a union at Tesla
The National Work Relations Committee held a hearing on Monday on complaints from three Tesla employees and representatives of United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), reports Reuters . At the hearing, Tesla employee Michael Sanchez said he was asked in February 2017 to leave his own workplace by a supervisor and security guard after distributing union airmen.
NLRB lawyer Edris Rodriguez Ritchie claims Tesla has asked his staff to sign "overly broad" contracts that keep them from talking about working conditions – you know why these workers are unionized.
Tesla would have to inform its staff that it had been working dishonest labor practices if found guilty at the hearing. That would be a benefit for those who want to organize a union in Tesla. Meanwhile, it's the last thing Tesla probably wants, as the company wants to get about 9 percent of its workforce to cut costs .
The hearings are expected to last until Thursday, with a break until the end of September if a decision is expected in this case.
. 3 Gang: Feds label FCA and UAW co-conspire in big corruption scandal
Elsewhere in union news, federal prosecutors claim that the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were not victims of rogues, as they in their large-scale corruption scandal but rather co-conspirators in the chaos. The Detroit News writes:
Federal prosecutors say the union and Fiat Chrysler conspired from pre-2009 to 2015 against the Labor Management Relations Act and the automaker allows nepotism to thrive in a blue-collar training center. The law prohibits employers or their employees from paying, lending or delivering money or other valuables to officers or employees of labor organizations – and from union leaders to accept such items.
"In or before 2009-2015, FCA executives conspired with the FCA, with officials of the UAW and with the UAW to violate the Labor Management Relations Act," the prosecutor wrote in the court ruling.
It is the first time that FCA and the union have been identified separately by individuals in the case. The government has not filed any charges against the company or the union.
The UAW and FCA accusations were filed under an agreement for former FCA board member Michael Brown, who ran the contested training center and knew that at least five FCA officials were making illegal payments of $ 1.5 million to UAW officials.
The illegal benefits of being part of this corruption plan were really crazy, including a $ 365,000 Ferrari, a party that cost over $ 30,000, $ 262,000 for a UAW Vice President's mortgage and a $ 2,180 shotgun. Some friends and family were even recruited into the training center as sham workers, who did little or no work, but received a paycheck. There are actually too many corrupt perks that should be listed here, so it pays to read The Detroit News Whole Piece Here .
These generous gifts and payments were intended to spoil both the bargaining process between the two entities and the implementation of an employment contract involving thousands of FCA employees. The prosecutors claim that the conspiracy has persisted through three UAW officials: the UAW presidents, Ron Gettelfinger, Bob King and Dennis Williams.
A former federal prosecutor said The Detroit News that the FCA and the UAW might face fines, lawsuits, and government oversight if they played a significant role in the scandal.
Meanwhile, the UAW's four-year Constitutional Convention this week, where Automotive News reports that Williams is a current UAW president with retired perks that include using a cabin on the Black Sea of the UAW Retirement is going to be a retreat center in northern Michigan.
. 4 Gear: Toyota is investing heavily in Ride-Hailing
Toyota has just made the biggest investment to date from any of the automakers on a ride-hailing service, Automotive News . Toyota will invest $ 1 billion in the Singaporean company Grab, which is the largest service in Southeast Asia. Automotive News writes:
Toyota's expense in Grab is twice as large as the investment of General Motors in Lyft Inc. in 2016, underscoring the sense of urgency CEO Akio Toyoda in moving the company toward mobility services. The 81-year-old automaker, founded by Toyoda's grandfather, is preparing to intensify competition from peers and technology giants as the industry changes.
"This is a good decision – Toyota should not be late in this area". said Tatsuo Yoshida, a stock analyst at Sawakami Asset Management Inc. in Tokyo. This is a painful reality for car companies, but it can be a business opportunity if they get it right. "
A Toyota manager is appointed to Grabs Board of Directors as part of the deal, suggesting grave in the future will buy a lot of Toyota's. The two companies have exchanged information about autonomous driving, but a Toyota representative would not confirm Automotive News whether they would work together on self-propelled technologies in the future.
This is not the first time that Toyota has been associated with Grave, as Toyota's merchant arm has already invested enough in the service to force Uber out of the region last year. Previously, Toyota was involved in other driving opportunities. The company bought an undisclosed stake in Uber in 2016, announced in January a collaboration with Chinese service Didi Chuxing and supported another Uber rival, Japan Taxi.
. 5 Gear: Most Fiat Chrysler Remain Homecoming at the Paris Motor Show
Another indication that car shows may not be as relevant as they were in terms of new releases is thanks to Fiat Chrysler, its Fiat, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Abarth Brands plan to skip the Paris Motor Show, reports Automotive News .
There is not enough an upswing in sales and advertising to justify the cost of participation, said a FCA spokesman L & Argus as Automotive News has stated. The present FCA brands even have a reduced presence, Automotive News writes:
Maserati will not have a traditional booth and will decide this month if he will exhibit his cars in the "Mondial limited" zone Space for supercars. The Lancia brand, which is sold only in Italy, will not be at the show, which starts on 2 October. Ferrari, which was spun off the FCA in 2015, will be present at the show with a traditional booth.
FCA's largest brands join Ford and Volkswagen to stay home from the Paris Fair, once considered one of the most important car shows in Europe.
This is not the first time that these four FCA brands are missing out on one of the biggest European auto shows. Last year, the same four left out the Frankfurt auto show, which alternates with Paris as Europe's largest autumn auto show.
Reverse: A sport is born
Neutral: Is the UAW good or bad?
Unionisation can protect workers' rights and give a voice to the base and the file, but the UAW is a strange case. On the one hand they stand for the rights of Tesla workers, on the other hand they have been plagued by problems and scandals for years – to the very top.
Is America's main car association still a force for good or should it be pulled off orbit so workers can organize something better?
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