Rick Haglund: Can Biden help reignite the labor movement?

BY: - March 27, 2021

President Joe Biden has promised to be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” And Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber couldn’t be happier. Bieber said he was stunned by a remarkable White House YouTube video in which Biden, without naming the company, strongly warned giant online retailer Amazon not to interfere with a union organizing […]


Rick Haglund: GM’s road to the future of electric vehicles could be bumpy

BY: - February 13, 2021

Brett Smith has long thrown shade on automakers’ predictions about how soon Americans will be driving cars and trucks powered by something other than fossil fuels. “For 20 years I’ve been a realist,” said Smith, technology director at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. “Some say I’m a pessimist. But we’ve been right […]


Rick Haglund: U.S. automakers want help from ‘car guy’ Biden on electric vehicles push

BY: - November 14, 2020

Corporations and industry groups congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on winning the White House, as is their custom during transitions of power. But General Motors went a step beyond the typical platitudes and niceties by telling Biden exactly what it’s seeking from Washington: “We look forward to working with the new administration and incoming Congress on […]

Ivanka Trump tours Warren GM facility

BY: - September 2, 2020

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter, on Wednesday toured a General Motors design and tech facility in metro Detroit. Ivanka Trump, also an adviser to the president, joined GM CEO Mary Barra on a two-hour-long tour of GM’s Technical Learning University (TLU), which is located at the company’s Global Technical Center in Warren. TLU’s manufacturing laboratory […]


Rick Haglund: An economic tsunami is hitting Michigan — and it will reshape work forever

BY: - June 10, 2020

As businesses slowly reopen and workers return to jobs, President Donald Trump is predicting the economy will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever. “We’ve been talking about the ‘V.’ This is better than a ‘V,’ ” Trump said last week about the potential for a quick, V-shaped recovery. “This is a rocket ship.” […]

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 […]

GM to produce masks, ventilators during COVID-19 outbreak

BY: and - March 28, 2020

General Motors — which, like all Big Three automakers, has shut down its plants to stop the spread of COVID-19 — announced Friday a partnership with Ventec Life Systems to produce ventilators at its Kokomo, Ind., manufacturing facility. GM said it is contributing its resources at cost. “We are proud to stand with other American […]


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. reports the decision came after cases of COVID-19, the disease spread by the virus, were confirmed […]

Rick Haglund: GM jolts business model with electric vehicles bet

BY: - March 8, 2020

Despite decades of decline, General Motors Co. still delivers a spark to Michigan’s economy. A new study by the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR) found that GM’s 46,800 jobs in the state have led to an additional 153,800 jobs here, creating a job multiplier effect largely unmatched by nonautomotive businesses.  Workers at GM’s […]

Employees works at Ford Motor Plant

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 […]