How Obamacare could affect UAW negotiations

By Terry Bowman, The Detroit News

UAW contract renewals are always stressful on autoworkers. Both the union and the auto companies publicly position their goals, hoping to gain an advantage. Promises of jobs and investments from the manufacturers along with hardline union rhetoric keep workers anxious about the future.

National labor disputes to cast shadow over UAW talks

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press

More than 20,000 dockworkers on the West Coast are locked in a bitter labor dispute and oil industry workers are on the largest strike since 1980 just as the UAW plans a bargaining convention that will set the tone for contract talks with the Detroit Three later this year.