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More Trouble For UAW: ‘Local X’

More trouble for the UAW. Was there a UAW Local X… and what did it do? The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has sued the UAW on behalf of a worker who says he and other union members were required to contribute union dues for what was called UAW Local X for several years. But…

MLK Events In Detroit Area

  Many event across metro Detroit are scheduled on Martin Luther King Day today. Among them: Activist Angela Davis will speak at the 34th Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. “Assessing the Dream: A Progress Report” at WMU-Cooley’s Auburn Hills campus. A civil rights concert will be held…

Drunk Driving Cases Linked To Faulty Devices

How many drunk driving cases are affected by the problems with breathalyzer machines? State Police tell a State Senate committee that problems with breathalyzer devices were identified in 8 machines affecting more than 50 cases of drunk driving. In SE Michigan, the cases are in Detroit, Pittsfield and Van Buren townships, and the cities of…

United gets New Uniforms From Carhartt

Winter is brutal, and no one can attest to that more than airport employees. United Airlines is hoping to make the cold weather a bit more bearable for them with durable new uniforms for their 28,000 employees who work primarily outdoors. The airline unveiled new gear designed by Carhartt for its teams who work in…

Checking Bags Getting More Expensive

JetBlue Airways is hiking its checked baggage fees for the second time in two years. Passengers will have to pay $35 for their first checked bag, up from $30. A second checked bag will cost $45, also up from $30. JetBlue announced the changes on its website and said that travelers who book flights from…

Contracts Will Boost Auto Costs

How much will labor costs increase for the Detroit automakers because of the new contracts with the U-A-W? The new contracts will increase the cost gap between the Detroit-3 and foreign automakers who build in the U-S, according to the Center for Automotive Research. The think-tank in Ann Arbor says GM and Ford costs will…

VW Posts Record Sales, Could Be Industry Leader Again

Volkswagen may be able to say ‘we’re number 1’ again. Volkswagen has announced record annual sales that could determine whether it keeps its crown as the world’s largest automaker by sales volume. VW says it delivered 10-pt-97 million vehicles in 20-19, slightly more than it sold the year before. Toyota estimated it delivered 10-pt-7 million.…

Toyota Issues Major Recall

Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the fuel pumps can fail and cause engines to stall. The recall also includes Lexus cars as well.  The recall covers certain 2018 and 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX 570, GX 460, and…

Nissan-Renault Not Splitting

Nissan is dismissing reports that it is engineering a corporate divorce from Renault. “Nissan is in no way considering dissolving the Alliance,” the Japanese carmaker said in a statement Tuesday, referring to the global car alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors. The statement came in response to the growing number of reports in recent…

Delta Flying High With No Max Planes

Delta Air Lines is the only major US carrier without a 737 Max in its fleet. And that just helped it to post very strong fourth quarter and full-year profits. The Atlanta-based airline earned $4.8 billion in 2019, up 21% from a year ago, as the fourth quarter easily topped both its own guidance and…

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