On this day in 1941: UAW levels strike against Ford Motor Co.

BY: - April 1, 2021

In 1941, Ford Motor Co. became the last Detroit Three automaker to recognize the United Automobile Workers (UAW) as a full contract partner.  On April 1 of that year, Harry Bennett, head of Ford’s Service Department, fired eight union members. His action set off a massive sit-down strike by workers at Ford’s Dearborn Rouge Plant. […]


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 […]

Biden says Trump ‘failed to do his job on purpose’ in handling COVID-19

BY: - September 9, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden argued that President Donald Trump is responsible for thousands of American deaths and lost jobs during a speech in Warren on Wednesday. Trump told Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward, who helped break the Watergate scandal during the Richard Nixon era, that he understood the severity of COVID-19 in a taped […]

Longtime labor activist Liz Jackson dies at 102

BY: - March 28, 2020

Described as a fighter with no quit in her, Elizabeth Jackson was a force in Detroit’s labor, political and civil rights communities for many decades. She died on March 2 in Columbia, S.C. She was 102 years old. Her death was not COVID-19-related, according to her niece, Judy Battiste.  “I am one of the many […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unions say 18-year high for major work stoppages shows workers are ‘fed up’

BY: - February 18, 2020

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says major work stoppages in 2019 involved the highest number of workers from around the country in 18 years. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 425,500 workers involved in major work stoppages that began in 2019. Chart from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Major work […]

Longtime UAW President Owen Bieber, who fought apartheid, dies at age 90

BY: - February 17, 2020

Owen Bieber, who served as UAW president from 1983 to 1995, died on Monday at age 90. He was perhaps best known for taking a stand against South African apartheid. His son, Ron Bieber, currently serves as Michigan AFL-CIO president.  “My father was born into hard work and trade unionism, and through his mentorship he […]

GM announces $2.2B for electric vehicles at Detroit-Hamtramck plant 

BY: - January 27, 2020

General Motors plans to invest $2.2 billion at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant to produce battery electric trucks and other electric vehicles, making it the company’s first fully dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday joined GM leaders and UAW officials to tout the company’s investment in green energy.   “Today’s announcement builds on […]

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 […]


Rick Haglund: Don’t count on Trump losing Michigan in 2020 over the economy

BY: - December 22, 2019

President Donald Trump, who was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, is a bully and world-class vulgarian. Who else would come to Michigan, a state critical to his reelection, and suggest, as Trump did on the same day of his impeachment, that its late, revered native son U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) […]

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 […]