Backpack to Briefcase: The Importance of Experiential Learning

Hands on learning is often preached in disciplines such as chemistry, in which students perform several lab experiments. How could you experience hands on learning in other subjects though? With the help of Jenna DellOrfano, Assistant Director of Experiential Education & Employer Outreach at the Clay Center in the Villanova School of Business, this blogContinue reading “Backpack to Briefcase: The Importance of Experiential Learning”

Week 12: Corruption, Lawsuits, and the Like

            In the past, this blog has spoken only briefly about the ongoing corruption investigation into the UAW. That will now change. Gary Jones has stepped away from his role at the union, making him the now former president of the UAW (WSJ). As reported by Christina Rogers of the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. JonesContinue reading “Week 12: Corruption, Lawsuits, and the Like”

Week 11: Shortages and Emissions Battles

In a relatively slow week for General Motors, at least in terms of stories from the Wall Street Journal, the auto maker’s stakeholders are still being affected by the company’s actions.             Up until now, this blog has only discussed the ramifications of the strike in terms of two parties: GM and the UAW. However,Continue reading “Week 11: Shortages and Emissions Battles”

Week 10: Major Factory Deal

As a result of the newly ratified contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, GM has sold its Lordstown, Ohio Plant. The plant was sold to Lordstown Motors Corporation, an electric truck maker owned by the Workhorse Group. Mike Colias reports that, “the electric-truck startup plans to use union labor,” which is greatContinue reading “Week 10: Major Factory Deal”

Week 9: Results of the Strike: You’re Out (nearly 3 billion dollars!)

After a 40-day strike at its U.S. factories, the company “lowered its full-year profit outlook,” as reported by Mike Colias of the Wall Street Journal. The company reported that the strike, “wiped out nearly all its free cash flow for the year and will cost the Detroit auto maker close to $3 billion in lostContinue reading “Week 9: Results of the Strike: You’re Out (nearly 3 billion dollars!)”

Week 8: Strike Breakthrough

Finally, after 40 days of idle factories, the strike of UAW workers at GM plants has ended. The strike, which has been a major storyline of this blog since week 3, officially stopped when UAW workers confirmed the new labor deal with a 57% majority. Nora Naughton of the Wall Street Journal reports that theContinue reading “Week 8: Strike Breakthrough”

Week 7: Tentative Deal Reached!

After a brief hiatus, I have returned from break to share some more news about General Motors. On October 16, 2019, Nora Naughton and Mike Colias, our old friends from the Wall Street Journal, reported that a tentative agreement had been reached between negotiators from the UAW and GM. The deal must be approved byContinue reading “Week 7: Tentative Deal Reached!”

Week 5: A Paradigm Shift in the Auto Industry

Although the UAW strike at GM plants has entered a third week, it will still be a while before a resolution is reached. I know I am repeating myself from previous posts, so I will not say too much more on this matter. However, most recently, Nora Naughton and Ben Colias of the Wall StreetContinue reading “Week 5: A Paradigm Shift in the Auto Industry”

Blog Post 4: The Strike Goes On

As the UAW strike at General Motors plants headed into a second week, it is starting to negatively affect the Michigan economy. Although the impact is localized for now, if the strike continues, it could spell trouble. Kris Maher of the Wall Street Journal cites several economists who worry, “Michigan’s economy could be vulnerable toContinue reading “Blog Post 4: The Strike Goes On”

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