CBC reports on $19/hour wage difference

According to a CBC news item, much of the $19 per hour difference Chrysler claims exists between their Canadian factory workers’ pay and those in Canadian Toyota plants is due to benefits. The CAW has publicly disputed Chrysler’s claim that line workers cost the company $76 per hour and, by implication, have disputed the $19 per hour difference.

The conservative Canadian Free Press claimed that an analysis puts base wages at $36.06 for Chrysler and $34.20 for Toyota (all figures are Canadian dollars and apply only to Canadian plants);

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Chrysler unveils a new electric minivan (updated)

Chrysler brought out a new electric minivan today – their first since the 1990s, and like the original TEVan and EPIC, designed to be sold to fleets. Many of the original Chrysler electric minivans were eventually auctioned or sold to individuals and some are still on the road today.

Today, Chrysler showed off four all-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivan concepts to the U.S.

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Confirmed: new Chrysler board

Bob Nardelli wrote: “Upon successful completion of the alliance, a board of directors for Chrysler will be appointed by the U.S. government and Fiat. The majority of the directors will be independent (not employees of Chrysler or Fiat). The board will have the responsibility to appoint a chairman. The board also will select a CEO with Fiat’s concurrence.”

This was part of a longer message to employees:

To All Chrysler Employees,

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UPDATE: Chrysler to get another $500 million, Chrysler Financial okay

The federal government will loan Chrysler another $500 million as part of a pledge from President Obama. The money is short-term aid intended to get Chrysler to the end of the month when it hopes to demonstrate it can qualify for another $6 billion in loans.

Chrysler Financial has withdrawn its request for additional funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The automaker’s finance arm already received $1.5 billion in loans.

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2002-03 Liberty, 2009 Jeeps recalled

Chrysler has recalled 2009 Jeeps (Grand Cherokee, Commander, Wrangler Unlimited) whose airbags may not work in an accident, as well as 2002-03 Libertys sold in the snow belt that might have premature front ball joint wear due to road salt penetration. Owners of these vehicles will be notified, or can call their dealer for a repair appointment.

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Government to make massive auto buy

According to the Detroit News, the GSA will buy 17,600 fuel-efficient vehicles from all three major American automakers by June 1, at a cost of $270 million. This includes 2,500 hybrid sedans, to be ordered by April 15; while Detroit automakers have invested in hybrid-electric technologies, sales fell after gasoline prices dropped.  The White House estimated the annual fuel savings at 1.3 million gallons per year. 

In addition,

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