Talks resume in American Axle strike against GM
Six-week strike has slowed, stopped production at 30 plants
Face-to-face negotiations resumed this week as the two sides try to deal with issues of wage and benefit concessions sought by American Axle management. The company claims wages and benefits Reuters News story.
The Buffalo News reports the strike’s impact has been significant on workers in that region. With an inventory backlog, GM hasn’t had to worry about being able to deliver cars and trucks, but if the strike stretches much loonger, its poipular Chevy Malibu model may run short on inventory.
On Monday, American Axle CEO and chairman Richard Dauch and UAW president Ron Gettelfinger met privately.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.