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UAW abolishes regional office plagued by embezzlement

Dec. 6, 2019 12:45 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A United Auto Workers regional office racked by embezzlement allegations is being abolished and combined into two neighboring regions. UAW Region 5 in St. Louis will be merged into regional offices in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Lincolnshire, Illinois, the union said in a statement Friday....

Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

Dec. 6, 2019 12:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly. The recall covers F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks from the 2017 through 2019 model years. All the trucks have electric tailgate latch release switches in the...

GM, Korea's LG Chem in venture to build factory in Ohio

Dec. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors and Korea's LG Chem have formed a joint venture to build an electric vehicle battery cell factory near Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland. The companies also will work together on battery technology to bring down the cost for future GM electric vehicles. The new plant...

Nissan gives workers 2 unpaid days off as US sales slump

Dec. 5, 2019 4:04 PM EST

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is making its U.S. factory and office employees take two days off without pay amid slumping sales. The company's U.S. sales this year are down 7.8% through November. Nissan says nearly all of its 21,000 U.S. workers must take Jan. 2 and 3 off without compensation. A...

Amid scandal, UAW leaders name Rory Gamble as president

Dec. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers executive board have voted to appoint Rory Gamble as the union's new president. He will serve the remainder of former President Gary Jones' term, which runs until the union’s convention in June of 2022. Jones stepped down last month after being...

Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags

Dec. 4, 2019 6:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death. The recently discovered malfunction is different than the defect that led to at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the result, like...

Retired UAW vice president is the latest to plead guilty

Dec. 4, 2019 6:00 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A retired vice president at the United Auto Workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to corruption charges, admitting he received a $250,000 kickback after arranging a contract for 58,000 watches. Joe Ashton led the union's General Motors department until July 2014 and also had a seat on the...

Local union leaders send Fiat Chrysler contract to members

Dec. 4, 2019 5:41 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Union leaders from Fiat Chrysler factories are sending a new four-year contract to a membership vote. The 47,000 members of the United Auto Workers union at the company will vote on the deal starting Friday. Local leaders assembled on Wednesday in Detroit to go over the pact, which...

Australia death is 25th from faulty Takata air bag inflators

Dec. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EST

Authorities are reporting the death of another driver who was injured by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, raising the worldwide death toll to 25. The unidentified driver was killed in Australia in a 1998 BMW 3 Series car. The location and date of the death and the driver's identity are unknown. Takata's...

Correction: EU-Italy-Pirelli Calendar story

Dec. 4, 2019 7:04 AM EST

VERONA, Italy (AP) — In a story Dec. 3 about a calendar issued by Italy’s Pirelli tire company, The Associated Press misidentified the calendar’s photographer. He is Paolo Roversi, not Patrizio Roversi. Also, one of the actresses featured in the calendar is Kristen Stewart, not Kristen...