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#8681 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 September 2023 - 04:28 PM

A first-ever simultaneous strike at the Detroit Three carmakers by the United Auto Workers grew all but certain on Thursday with little progress reported in talks hours before a contract deadline expires.

 

The union - which represents 146,000 U.S. auto workers - is asking for 40% pay raises through September 2027 and major improvements in benefits as part of what it calls "audacious" demands.

 

The UAW has outlined plans for a series of strikes targeting individual, undisclosed U.S. auto plants if agreements are not reached by 11:59 pm ET Thursday, rather than a full walkout. The union plans to disclose the initial plants during a 10 p.m. ET event.

 

 

https://www.reuters....art-2023-09-14/


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Posted 15 September 2023 - 06:58 AM

UAW workers launch unprecedented strike against all Big Three automakers

 

https://www.cnn.com/...rike/index.html

 

 

 

The UAW’s strikes began at GM’s Wentzville Missouri, which has 3,600 UAW members on its staff; Ford’s Michigan Truck plant in Wayne, Michigan, which will have 3,300 strikers; and Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly complex in Ohio, where 5,800 will be be on strike.

 

In all, fewer than 13,000 of the UAW’s 145,000 members walked off the job.

 

“These were chosen carefully by the UAW and reflect a strategy that will ensure a large number of suppliers and dealers are affected, while reducing the number of UAW workers that, at least initially, are on strike and receiving strike pay,” said Patrick Anderson. CEO of Anderson Economic Group.


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Posted 15 September 2023 - 07:33 AM

At a time when they are ten years behind Tesla and need all hands on deck and billions to invest to catch up. We will pay for this via bailouts.

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Posted 15 September 2023 - 12:44 PM

Ford says 600 non-striking workers at Michigan Assembly Plant to be temporarily laid off

 

 

In the first day of the United Auto Workers' targeted strike of three Detroit automaker plants, the effects began rippling through the production chain — including a temporary layoff of some 600 workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne.

 

 

https://www.detroitn...00/70867429007/


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#8685 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 September 2023 - 12:46 PM

Speaking to CNBC on Thursday, Farley portrayed its demand for a 40% total wage hike over a four-year contract—or roughly 10% annually—as excessive and unfair to other hardworking Americans.

 

“Instead of making money and distributing $75,000 in profit sharing the last 10 years, we would have lost $15 billion and gone bankrupt by now. The average pay would be nearly $300,000 fully fringed for a four-day work week [per UAW employee],” he told the broadcaster.

 

 

https://finance.yaho...-120742046.html


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Posted 15 September 2023 - 01:13 PM

GM expects to be forced to idle Kansas auto plant next week

 

https://www.reuters....eek-2023-09-15/



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Posted 16 September 2023 - 05:55 PM

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#8688 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 17 September 2023 - 05:27 AM

Danielle Smith believes in a bright future for zero-emission vehicles, of the sort that virtually no one uses in Alberta today.

 

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Not only is she confident that Alberta will embrace the hydrogen car, she also told her Your Province, Your Premier call-in show audience that she wants the next vehicle she purchases to be one, too. 

 

Sure, there are nearly 9,000 electric vehicles on Alberta roads, and hundreds of charging stations. Ahead of Ottawa's 2035 ban on selling new petroleum-powered vehicles, Smith wants a different ride to net zero.

 

"I think our solution for zero-emission vehicles is hydrogen — and they're already here," she said on the radio.

 

Smith has embedded this enthusiasm into government action, mandating her Service Alberta minister to pursue a network of hydrogen fuelling stations across the province, up from the zero publicly available now. The province is commissioning an analysis into the potential conversion of all or part of the government's 3,400-vehicle fleet to hydrogen — from sheriffs' cruisers to Alberta Forestry and Parks ranger trucks.

 

Alberta might even try woo Toyota or Hyundai "to come to our province to build a car manufacturing plant," said Smith, premier of a province thousands of kilometres from anything even faintly resembling an auto industry.

 

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...zippy-1.6963522

 

 

What fuels his rationale? This assertion: "Our electricity grid can only support one car every 14 homes."

This statement, Nally's office later explained, is based on 2019 research done for Epcor, the Edmonton power company. It expressed concern that even one or two EVs charging on the same street at the same time in early evenings "could be enough to overload the distribution transformer." (That's those suburban green boxes or power-pole devices that moderate voltage for home use.)


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#8689 Barrrister

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Posted 17 September 2023 - 06:47 AM

Wait until every new house and condo is electrically heated along with all the cars.

Has anyone done the math in terms of electrical production and also tranmission lines?



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Posted 17 September 2023 - 07:01 AM

Wait until every new house and condo is electrically heated along with all the cars.

Has anyone done the math in terms of electrical production and also tranmission lines?

 

It's not as if all that happens overnight.

 

It's a slow build*, and yes electric utilities will need to be prepared for and cope with it.

 

* just like BC's population doubling from 1978 until today.

 

 

 

 

Wait until every new house and condo is electrically heated along with all the cars.

 

 

Every new house and every new car is very different from every house and every car.


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#8691 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 September 2023 - 08:03 AM

The $400,000 Cadillac Celestiq EV being filmed in, or moving to a filming location in Vancouver.

 

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#8692 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 September 2023 - 08:17 AM

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Posted 18 September 2023 - 10:16 AM

Here is the Canadian side of the Big 3 labour issues:

 

 

UNIFOR GEARING UP FOR STRIKE AS TALKS WITH FORD STALL OUT

 

https://fordauthorit...ford-stall-out/



#8694 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 September 2023 - 07:07 PM

 In a video message posted to X Monday night, UAW President Shawn Fain said more strikes could happen Friday.

 

 "If we don’t make serious progress by noon on Friday, September 22nd, more locals will be called on to Stand Up and join the strike," Fain said in the message. 

 

 

https://www.cnn.com/...8-23/index.html


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Posted 18 September 2023 - 08:09 PM

Tesla Model 3 is the first EV to make top 10 leased vehicles list.

 

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Posted 18 September 2023 - 08:23 PM

Tesla, the pioneering electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is making significant strides in the realm of autonomous driving technology. In a recent development, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is engaged in discussions with major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) regarding the potential licensing of its cutting-edge Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology. This move has the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry, opening doors to collaboration and widespread integration of advanced autonomous capabilities.

https://www.cryptopo...-to-automakers/



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Posted 18 September 2023 - 08:24 PM

Here is the Canadian side of the Big 3 labour issues:

 

 

UNIFOR GEARING UP FOR STRIKE AS TALKS WITH FORD STALL OUT

 

https://fordauthorit...ford-stall-out/

 

 

 

 

 

UAW STRIKE: Canada's Unifor auto workers union is set to go on strike against Ford tonight for the first time in 32 years. This will be a total strike. All 5,600 Ford workers in Canada will go on strike.



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Posted 19 September 2023 - 03:17 AM

The union representing thousands of autoworkers in Canada says a strike deadline for Ford workers that passed at midnight will be extended another 24 hours as the union considers a new offer.

 

"The union received a substantive offer from the employer minutes before the deadline and bargaining is continuing throughout the night," the union said in a statement issued at around 1:40 a.m. ET Tuesday.

 

 

 

https://www.cbc.ca/n...nears-1.6970284


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Posted 19 September 2023 - 12:48 PM

Volvo to end diesel car production by early 2024

 

https://finance.yaho...-100328215.html



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Posted 19 September 2023 - 05:37 PM

Canadian autoworkers union reaches tentative labor deal with Ford, averting strike

https://www.cnn.com/...rike/index.html



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