Nov 30, 2019

Auto workers union and Fiat Chrysler reach tentative deal

United Auto Workers on week six of a national strike against General Motors on Oct. 23 in Flint, Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The United Auto Workers reached a tentative four-year labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler on Saturday, CNBC reports.

The big picture: UAW reached tentative deals with Ford and General Motors in October after weeks of labor strikes, reducing GM's 2019 earnings by nearly $3 billion. The auto workers' deal at Ford came quickly, without any labor disruption.

Catch up quick: Workers secured raises plus $11,000 in bonuses in its ratified deal with GM in exchange for not blocking GMs' plans to close four facilities across the U.S. UAW's strike against GM was the first U.S. auto strike in 12 years.

What's next: The tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler awaits approval or rejection from local union leaders in the coming weeks. Fiat Chrysler's UAW employees would vote on the deal after that approval.

  • Fiat Chrysler is in talks to merge with France's PSA Group, the parent company of Peugeot. It's not known how the uncertainty of that global deal could affect U.S. labor talks, Axios' Joann Muller writes.

Go deeper: General Motors sues Fiat Chrysler alleging union bribes

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Virginia governor announces removal of Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Thursday that the state will remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's historic Monument Avenue.

Why it matters: It's a watershed moment for Virginia, which has been at the center of a years-long national debate about whether Confederate monuments should be displayed publicly. That discussion reached a boiling point when protests about a statue of Lee in Charlottesville turned violent in 2017.

RNC expands convention search across the Sun Belt

Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their families on the last night of the Republican National Convention in Ohio in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images.

The Republican National Committee is planning site visits over the next 10 days to more than a half-dozen cities — across the South and into Texas and Arizona — as it scrambles for a new convention host, people familiar with the internal discussions tell Axios.

Driving the news: The RNC's executive committee voted Wednesday night to allow most of the convention to move — with only a smaller, official portion remaining in Charlotte — after North Carolina's governor said the coronavirus pandemic would mean a scaled-back event with social distancing and face coverings.

Oil faces tough road back from coronavirus

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Oil companies in the battered shale patch are starting to bring back some production as prices climb, but a new report underscores how the pandemic is taking a heavy financial toll despite signs of revival.

Driving the news: Fourteen North American producers have filed for bankruptcy thus far during the second quarter, per a tally from the law firm Haynes and Boone, which closely tracks the sector's finances.