Whitmer extends stay-home order until May 28, clears manufacturing to reopen 

BY: - May 7, 2020

Michiganders are ordered to stay home for another three weeks, but manufacturers will be able to go back to work Monday.  “Manufacturing is an important part of our economy, there’s no question,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.  “And as we’ve done the risk assessment, we feel comfortable that with these safety protocols we can safely re-engage.” […]


Rick Haglund: Automakers face huge losses, hit pause on electric vehicles

BY: - May 2, 2020

Way back in January 2020 B.C. (Before Coronavirus), automakers were enjoying healthy sales and working feverishly to transform themselves into major producers of electric and self-driving vehicles. “It seems like three months ago, I couldn’t go to an external presentation that wasn’t focused on electrification,” said Joe Zaciek, research and industry analysis manager at the […]


Rick Haglund: Big 3 automakers could enlist to produce COVID-19 medical equipment

BY: - March 20, 2020

Detroit became known as “the arsenal of democracy” almost 80 years ago as automakers transitioned from civilian to military production, a crucial element in the Allies’ victory over Germany and Japan in World War II. As the deadly coronavirus grips the nation, could Michigan become “the arsenal of health,” helping to defeat a virus that […]

Big 3 automakers closing plants to halt spread of coronavirus

BY: - March 18, 2020

Updated, 9:10 a.m. 3/19/20, with comments from FCA Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are temporarily closing their U.S. manufacturing facilities to help control the spread of the new coronavirus, according to the Associated Press. Clickondetroit.com reports the decision came after cases of COVID-19, the disease spread by the virus, were confirmed […]

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Michigan manufacturing sees ups and downs on Trump’s watch

BY: and - February 25, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Michigan, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  The results of that promise, however, have been quite muddled.  Michigan is down 5,300 manufacturing jobs since Trump took […]


Rick Haglund: Amazon shows how the the tax break system is gamed

BY: - February 8, 2020

Just how outrageous has the tax incentives game become? Consider: Amazon chief Jeff Bezos reportedly was so jealous of the $2.4 billion in incentives that Tesla chief Elon Musk had extracted from state and local governments that he pushed his team to top that number for the company’s planned second headquarters. State and local governments […]

From the UAW strike to Trump’s trade war: The Advance’s best economy and labor stories

BY: - December 26, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “You know, there are things that we can’t control, like the weather, but there are things we can. And when we see trade changes via tweet, it’s really concerning.”  — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on President Donald Trump’s chaotic trade policy In the last days of 2019, the Advance is running a […]

UAW announces tentative deal with Fiat-Chrysler

BY: - November 30, 2019

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has reached a tentative deal with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the union announced Saturday. The company confirmed the four-year agreement on Twitter, but declined to release details. This is the last of the union’s negotiations with Big Three automakers. UAW members ratified deals with Ford and General Motors (GM). GM workers […]


Rick Haglund: Bombshell GM-FCA lawsuit loops auto execs into UAW scandal

BY: - November 24, 2019

Any notion that greedy United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials are solely to blame for the union’s escalating bribery scandal has been destroyed in a stunning federal court lawsuit filed by General Motors (GM). GM on Wednesday sued rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), alleging that FCA engaged in racketeering by paying millions of dollars in […]

Domestic auto drama: UAW head resigns, GM sues Fiat-Chrysler

BY: - November 21, 2019

Michigan’s global automotive industry had a bumpy ride on Wednesday as an embattled union boss stepped down and one of the major car companies sued a top rival.  Gary Jones, who took a leave of absence as president of the United Auto Workers (UAW) earlier this month amid a corruption probe by federal authorities, reportedly […]

Gamble takes over as acting UAW president as Jones takes leave of absence

BY: - November 4, 2019

Amid ongoing scandal for the United Auto Workers, President Gary Jones has taken a leave of absence.  UAW Vice President Rory Gamble assumed the duties of acting president on Sunday, according to a statement from the union.  “The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future,” Jones said in […]

UAW reaches tentative deal with Ford, FCA merger announced

BY: - October 31, 2019

The state’s dominant automotive industry continues to undergo major changes.  Just as the United Auto Workers (UAW) continues its contract negotiations with the Big 3 automakers, one of those companies is in the early stages of an international merger.  In a deal that would create the fourth-largest auto manufacturer in the world in terms of […]