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Business Groups File Lawsuit to Block NLRB's Union-Organizing Rule
Today's Webinar: Make the Most of Your NADA Convention Experience
Obama Heralds U.S. Auto Turnaround
Auto Recalls This Year May Surpass Record 2014, NHTSA Chief Says
Mercedes-Benz Moving U.S. Headquarters to Atlanta
Average Fuel Economy in U.S. Dips to 25.1 MPG in Dec.
Jeep CEO: Brand to Continue Global Growth in 2015
Marchionne Doesn't Rule Out Another Merger
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Business Groups File Lawsuit to Block NLRB's Union-Organizing Rule

Plaintiffs allege rule violates employer's right to communicate with employees

Several business trade groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block the National Labor Relations Board's new rule that would speed union-organizing elections, alleging the board overstepped its authority. The plaintiffs alleged the rule adopted last month—one of the biggest procedural changes to the federal organizing process in decades—violates federal law, in part by curtailing an employer's right to communicate with employees. The groups, which filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, say they collectively represent millions of employers and human-resource professionals at companies that would be subject to the rule when it goes into effect on April 14. The five plaintiffs include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation, and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Editor's note: NADA is a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) and opposed this rule in both rulemakings.
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Today's Webinar: Make the Most of Your NADA Convention Experience

The NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco is less than three weeks away. To help inform attendees about everything the convention has to offer – from maximizing your time to learning how to use the mobile app and program directory and selecting workshops – a complimentary webinar will be offered at 1 p.m., ET today, January 7. The webinar, which will provide an inside look at the Automotive Industry Event of the Year, will be presented by Shana Gipson, NADA convention workshop and webinar manager; Melissa Wolpert, NADA convention services operations director; Connie Mikels, NADA expositions director; Marissa Thompson, NADA convention operations marketing and social media manager; and Jessica Levin with Seven Degrees Communications. To register, click here.
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Obama Heralds U.S. Auto Turnaround

President Barack Obama says the U.S. auto industry has helped spur a resurgence in American manufacturing — and he says his decision to rescue Detroit's automakers helped the industry "get back in the game." Obama will return to Michigan on Wednesday — just three weeks after the government exited the final part of the $85 billion auto bailout when it shed its final 11.4 percent stake in auto lender Ally Financial Inc. — to herald the auto industry turnaround.
Source: The Detroit News

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Auto Recalls This Year May Surpass Record 2014, NHTSA Chief Says

Public attention on auto-safety defects likely means U.S. recalls in 2015 will surpass last year's record of more than 60 million vehicles, the new head of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Improving the way the agency tracks potential defects and automakers recall cars will be a top priority, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters in Washington [Tuesday]. Regulators have to make sure safety problems get fixed, he said.
Source: Bloomberg

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Mercedes-Benz Moving U.S. Headquarters to Atlanta

Daimler's U.S. luxury car offices have been based in New Jersey since 1972

Daimler AG is moving down south, uprooting Mercedes-Benz USA's headquarters from its longtime perch in New Jersey with plans to relocate it to an Atlanta suburb. Wooed by lower costs, proximity to a Mercedes-Benz factory and government incentives, the German luxury car maker in July will begin moving about 1,000 U.S. personnel to a temporary facility and later move to Sandy Springs, Ga. The operation, which includes staff working on the Sprinter van business and the Smart mini car lineup, will permanently move into a new building erected on a 10-acre site in the same city.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Average Fuel Economy in U.S. Dips to 25.1 MPG in Dec.

With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said. The average window-sticker rating of cars, SUVS, vans and pickups purchased last month was 25.1 mpg, down from November's 25.3. The last time fuel economy dropped by 0.2 mpg was in June of this year, said a report from researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle. “These recent reductions likely reflect the large and continuing decreases in the price of gasoline,” said Sivak in an email.
Source: Automotive News

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Jeep CEO: Brand to Continue Global Growth in 2015

Following three years of consecutive record sales, including more than 1 million vehicles in 2014, the Jeep brand has no plans of idling as it scales the global automotive industry. Jeep CEO and President Mike Manley called 2014 a "huge milestone for the brand," as it increased sales 39 percent globally and met an aggressive goal of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne to sell a million vehicles. But there's still challenges ahead as Jeep aims for a fourth consecutive year of record growth, according to Manley. "We expect growth," he said during a phone interview with The Detroit News on Tuesday. "We're kind of halfway to where we want to be."
Source: The Detroit News

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Marchionne Doesn't Rule Out Another Merger

Sergio Marchionne, the architect of the auto industry's biggest deal in more than a decade, may not be finished yet. Even as he completed the merger of Fiat SpA and its U.S. Chrysler unit last year to create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Marchionne said the industry is still fragmented and ripe for further consolidation. His planned spinoff of Ferrari this year puts the $14 billion automaker into position for another combination that could form a group to vie with No. 1 Toyota Motor Corp. or help address shortcomings in Asia.
Source: The Detroit News
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"The auto industry has led a resurgence of manufacturing in America."

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