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Detroit 3 see no relief on UAW health care costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31
The Detroit 3 entered labor negotiations with the UAW this year determined to rein in soaring health care tabs. The union seemed to oblige early on, proposing an innovati ...

Fiat Chrysler labor contract ratified with 77 percent support from UAW members

UPDATED: 10/22/15 10:48 am ET - updates with ratification
UAW-represented workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles approved a new four-year agreement with the carmaker after negotiators revised a rejected, earlier deal that failed t ...

Autotrader inflated vehicle views, New York dealership group's lawsuit says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15
A New York City dealership group is suing Autotrader in federal court for at least $1. ...

AutoNation's website retooling pays off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson says he's starting to see consistent payoff from the $200 million bet the company placed on using its own website to sell cars online rather t ...

FCA deal finally gives UAW an organizing carrot

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12
A byproduct of the rich new deal that UAW workers demanded of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles -- and their own leaders -- is that the UAW finally has something worthwhile to se ...

FCA concedes on Tier 2 without busting budget

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10
Facing a costly possible strike, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a revised new contract with the UAW that includes a path to nearly full pay for Tier 2 workers. ...

How Marchionne could forfeit his big win on Tier 2

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7
The FCA boss got the UAW to go along with his reset of the prevailing industry wage. But the FCA rank-and-file saw that losing proposition from a mile away ...

Cox, Dealertrack seek to reassure on prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5
Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz has heard dealers fret that, following Cox's $4 billion purchase of Dealertrack Technologies, the new entity will start jacking up ...

An FCA strike: $1 billion a week in lost revenues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3
A UAW strike of Fiat Chrysler could cost the Detroit automaker close to $1 billion a week in lost revenue and would quickly lead to a shortage of several hot-selling vehi ...

Cox, Dealertrack chiefs hit road to explain $4 billion acquisition

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Cox President Sandy Schwartz and Dealertrack CEO Mark O’Neil will be going on the road together over the next two weeks to meet with auto retailers to explain their ...

FCA strike threat grows as UAW contract falters

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30
The specter of a UAW strike looms at Fiat Chrysler after the company's 40,000 hourly workers rejected a four-year labor deal covering wages and benefits. ...

The UAW-FCA deal: A bridge too short

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28
At the UAW national bargaining convention in March, rank-and-file delegates sent clear marching orders to UAW President Dennis Williams: Use the Detroit 3 negotiations to ...

UAW-FCA deal dooms Tier 1 if passed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26
Instead of the hated Tier 2 being eliminated, it will be the rich traditional auto jobs that go away over time, replaced by a permanent class of Tier 2 autoworkers if the ...

UAW workers vote on FCA agreement without Tier 2 cap or product plan

UPDATED: 9/23/15 4:04 pm ET - adds detail
The UAW leadership is seeking ratification this week for a tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler that is missing two key provisions from previous contracts -- a written produ ...

UAW bets pay raises, product will sell FCA deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
The UAW accord with Fiat Chrysler likely offers enough in raises and other improvements to ensure ratification by the rank and file, but it notably keeps in place the div ...

UAW president sees FCA workers ratifying contract

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
While product and job commitments under the UAW's tentative labor contract with Fiat Chrysler are still being finalized, UAW President Dennis Williams said wage and other ...

UAW-FCA workers would get extra holiday, extra pay under proposed contract

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
In addition to raises and bonuses, the tentative labor agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW includes a number of benefit restorations as well as a guard against a ...

Union speak: UAW's FCA deal sets floor for GM, Ford bargaining

1:21 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16
UAW President Dennis Williams was asked last night whether the union’s tentative contract with Fiat Chrysler would serve as the pattern for deals with Ford and GM. ...

UAW, Fiat Chrysler reach tentative labor deal

UPDATED: 9/15/15 - 9:46 pm ET - adds more details
UAW President Dennis Williams said the union's tentative contract with Fiat Chrysler makes progress in closing the gap between Tier 1 and entry-level workers while allowi ...

Toyota bans below-invoice ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
Toyota told dealers assembled at its national dealer meeting that they would no longer be permitted to advertise vehicle prices below invoice. Toyota will implement the p ...

Marchionne makes habit of line-jumping into UAW talks

3:22 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 14
That Fiat Chrysler jumped to the head of the line to negotiate first with the UAW is classic Sergio Marchionne. ...

UAW names Fiat Chrysler lead target in contract talks

UPDATED: 9/13/15 4:21 pm ET - adds background
The UAW has chosen Fiat Chrysler as its target to set the pattern for a contract deal before turning to GM and Ford. ...

Products pack some power in UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12
The UAW realizes that the best job security comes from building a popular vehicle productively. With several Detroit 3 factories in the U.S. ...

Toyota tells dealers that below-invoice ads are taboo

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10
Toyota told dealers assembled at a national dealer meeting that they would no longer be permitted to advertise vehicle prices below invoice. The company is implementing t ...

Urban Science buys AutoHook to expand lead-management services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10
Urban Science, the analytics company best known for helping automakers and dealers decide where to open stores, acquired AutoHook to expand its lead-management services. ...