David Barkholz

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Recent articles
UAW delegates demand higher pay
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. ...

UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame
2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 27
The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract ta ...

UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says
5:51 pm U.S. ET | March 25
UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because ea ...

'We've got too many damn tiers,' UAW head tells cheering delegates
10:50 am U.S. ET | March 25
In a fiery address to hundreds of UAW delegates, union President Dennis Williams said auto workers sacrificed during the recession and now must get that compensation back ...

UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention
3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24
Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay ga ...

UAW president anticipates united front against pay 'inequality'
8:49 am U.S. ET | March 24 | UPDATED: 3/24/15 9:55 am ET -- adds report on third tier
UAW President Dennis Williams said today he expects members to emerge from this week's bargaining convention with a unified voice after a full airing of worker concerns a ...

Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks?
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22
The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. ...

Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21
The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic ...

AutoTrader is changing name, brand identity
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15
AutoTrader is changing its name and logo as part of operational moves aimed at rebranding itself as a broad-line digital marketing company, rather than primarily a vehicl ...

Toyota ad hits bad guitar note
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14
Toyota is in trouble with an author who reunited blues legend B.B. King with one of his favorite Gibson "Lucille" guitars. In a lawsuit, the author says the automaker use ...

Small-time security threats bigger concern
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
The biggest threats to a dealership's data aren't Russian hackers breaking through electronic firewalls or robots trying a thousand passwords on security codes until they ...

Dealerships work to safeguard data as security breaches loom
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Today, practices designed to protect customer data are becoming commonplace as regulators increasingly view auto dealerships as financial institutions in terms of the mag ...

Dealership groups give soft sell a Hollywood twist
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Waikem Auto Family expects to fill a century-old theater in Massillon, Ohio, with 150 customers and guests for the premiere of a new family film, Little Boy. ...

Can UAW fix Tier 2 disparity?
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8
Fiat Chrysler enjoys a labor-cost advantage over Ford after breaking a tradition of pattern deals with the UAW during its 2009 bankruptcy. ...

TrueCar's new pitch: Factory coupons for shoppers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
TrueCar Inc. spent the past two years rebuilding relations with dealers. Now the vehicle-shopping site is turning its attention to automakers to boost sales. ...

Did Subaru store falsify customer surveys?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
If the allegations prove true, employees at South Coast Subaru went rogue in their efforts to boost customer satisfaction scores. But the tale is about far more than one ...

Hyundai, VW add dealer website options
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Dealerships of Hyundai Motor America and Volkswagen of America have new choices for vendors to host their websites. ...

As Hispanics buy more cars, stores add videos in Spanish
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Eighteen months ago, Coast Nissan in San Luis Obispo, Calif., introduced Spanish-language videos with each car posted online. ...

Big data could ease dealer, lead site tension
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Dealers and third-party shopping sites have had at times a rocky relationship. Dealers are looking for proof of the return those sites provide for the rising monthly subs ...

Ford opts to dial up radio service spots
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6
Ford passed on a TV commercial during the Super Bowl, but it did broadcast commercials during the big game -- on radio -- to pitch service at its dealerships. ...

UAW will create $354.5 million VEBA for staff retirees to settle suit
1:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6 | UPDATED: 2/6/15 2:11 pm ET
The UAW agreed to pay $354.5 million to create an independent retiree health care trust that will be similar to those established for retired auto workers at the Detroit ...

Ford's new 1,550 workers for F-150 output pushes 300-500 to top-tier wages
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4 | UPDATED: 2/4/15 4:01 pm ET - adds Williams statement
Ford is adding 1,550 hourly employees in the first quarter to increase output of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. The hires will cause between 300 and 500 UAW members ea ...

Inspired technology keeps dealer complacency at bay
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
The four biggest software providers at the exhibition -- Cox, Reynolds and Reynolds, CDK Global and Dealertrack Technologies -- reported being busy with demos and custome ...

Retailers spur DealerSocket to buy Web company
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
DealerSocket, a leading provider of customer relationship management software to dealers, bought website company DealerFire last month because customers wanted web servic ...

Final 4 vie for FordDirect software deal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Ford Motor Co.'s 3,200 U.S. dealerships may buy customer relationship management software at a discount beginning in the third quarter from the winner of four finalist ve ...

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