auto industry

  • Workers at BMW's only U.S. manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, have the opportunity for on-the-job training through an apprenticeship program modeled after programs in Germany.
    June 4, 2014   BY Paul Solman 

    Werner Eikenbusch, BMW’s head of workforce development for the Americas, left high school in the 10th grade for an apprenticeship program that combined on-the-job training with vocational school. He eventually returned to school to become an engineer, and at BMW’s only U.S. manufacturing plant, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, helped establish an apprenticeship program modeled on the ones back home to fill the void of skilled workers. Continue reading

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    April 1, 2014  

    Senior lawmakers made clear they want answers for why General Motors took years to fix vehicles with faulty ignition switches, linked to at least 13 deaths. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged the company’s recalls came too late for some and vowed to get to the bottom of the cause. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, former president of Public Citizen. Continue reading

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra answered questions before a House subcommittee about her knowledge of a faulty ignition switch installed in 2.6 million cars.
    April 1, 2014   BY Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin 

    At a hearing Tuesday, members of a House subcommittee demanded answers from new GM CEO Mary Barra about why the automaker used the switch in small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion even though it knew the part didn’t meet GM’s own specifications. Continue reading

  • One Year Anniversary Of General Motors Filing For Bankruptcy
    March 10, 2014  

    Ten years ago, drivers of some older General Motors models began complaining of ignition problems, including stalling, that have been linked to 13 deaths and 31 crashes. But it wasn’t until January 2014 that GM decided to recall 1.6 million cars. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of The Detroit News about new scrutiny for the company and government regulators on why it took so long. Continue reading

  • UAW, still
    February 26, 2014  

    Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Linda Chavez of the Center for Equal Opportunity and Kate Bronfenbrenner of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University on the significance of Volkswagen auto workers in Tennessee rejecting UAW membership and the outlook and importance of unions for today’s workers. Continue reading

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    February 26, 2014  

    A two-year effort to organize workers at the Volkswagen auto plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., concluded in a close vote against unionizing. The United Auto Workers, whose rolls have drastically declined in the past three and a half decades, hoped a victory might motivate a larger push for the union among auto workers across the South. Jeffrey Brown reports on how both sides are now claiming outside interference. Continue reading

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    February 15, 2014  

    Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee voted to reject what would have been United Auto Workers’ first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South. Jim Efstathiou of Bloomberg News speaks with Hari Sreenivasan about the significance of the vote. Continue reading

  • Barra
    December 10, 2013  

    General Motors has named Mary Barra — an employee of the automaker for 33 years — as their newest CEO. Barra, 51, will be the company’s first female CEO and the first ever female CEO across the Detroit auto industry. Judy Woodruff talks to Micheline Maynard of Forbes for more on new auto executive. Continue reading

  • April 3, 2012  

    Auto industry sales jumped 6 percent in March with almost 1.4 million new cars and trucks sold — the highest number since 2008, according to new reports released Tuesday amid Detroit’s $200 million deficit. Gwen Ifill and David Shepardson of The Detroit News discuss what’s behind the continued surge in sales. Continue reading

  • March 1, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, two U.S. soldiers were killed by Afghan attackers, raising the death toll of American troops to six in violence that began after Quran burnings at an American base. Also, Senate Democrats defeated a bid to reverse President Obama’s policy on birth control coverage. Continue reading

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