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UAW union members picket in front of a Stellantis distribution center on Sept. 25, 2023, in Carrollton, Texas. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Why the UAW union’s tough bargaining strategy is working

The companies are making more generous offers, and the union is commanding support from the general public and the president of the United States.
A driver backs a Volkswagen e-Golf into a parking spot in Peterborough, Ont. Volkswagen has announced plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in St. Thomas, in southwestern Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

Did Canada and Ontario pay too much money for Volkswagen’s battery plant?

For the kind of money the federal and Ontario governments probably spent for a Volkswagen EV battery plant in southwestern Ontario, Canada might have been able to launch its own EV maker.
Hyunday’s five-factory complex at Ulsan, South Korea, which can make 1.4 million vehicles a year, fell silent on February 7 because of a lack of parts caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Yonhap/AFP

The growing impact of coronavirus on the global economy

As the human costs of the Covid-19 virus epidemic continue to rise, the virus is also taking its toll on global economy, with disrupted supply chains across a wide variety of industries.
Manufacturing electric vehicles requires less labor and could disrupt the auto workforce. Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

Why a measured transition to electric vehicles would benefit the US

Democratic candidates are keen to burnish their climate credentials by calling for grand electric vehicle plans. But there are both economic and political reasons for going slowly.
A biker rides his Harley-Davidson during a parade in Germany. Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Why it doesn’t matter if a Harley is ‘made in America’

The motorcycle maker angered Trump after it said it plans to move some production overseas to avoid EU tariffs – just a few months after the president praised the company for being a ‘true American icon.’

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