UAW not in best interest of workers

By Terry Bowman and Justin Owen,

Over the last several decades, Tennessee has become a powerhouse of automotive manufacturing. With a strong market share of vehicle production, GM, Volkswagen and Nissan all show significant signs of growth. That is great news for Tennessee’s work force and state economy.

Auto Union Tells Tennessee Workers: It’s Bonus Time

By Neal Boudette, The Wall Street Journal

The United Auto Workers is trying to turn recent bonuses and pay increases for workers at Ford, GMGM -1.14% and Chrysler into pro-union votes the the Volkswagen plant here and other auto factories in the south.

UAW official: Leadership wants to eliminate 2-tier wage system

By Melissa Burden, Detroit News

A regional UAW official who has been nominated to an executive role with the union told reporters Monday that the UAW wants to eliminate the two-tier wage system which initially pays newer auto workers about half the hourly wages of veteran workers.

UAW’s gain is taxpayers’ loss

By James Sherk, Republican American

The Treasury Department has sold the last of its stock in General Motors Co. Even though taxpayers lost $15 billion on the auto bailout (including losses at Chrysler Group LLC and Ally Financial Inc., which offers financing for GM vehicles), the Obama administration put out a statement taking credit for its handling of tax dollars and the Detroit automakers’ success.

House panel to explore double standard in Delphi pensions

By Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

A congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing next week on a report looking at the role the U.S. Treasury played in General Motors’ decision to guarantee full pension benefits for UAW workers at Delphi while not doing the same for former salaried workers at GM’s former auto parts arm.