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GM and UAW Reach Tentative Agreement On New National Labor Contract

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2007 4:15pm

Company to strengthen U.S. manufacturing presence with significant future investments, parties also agree to create independent retiree health care trust General Motors sent out a release this morning saying the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new national labor contract, covering approximately 74,000 represented employees. The agreement is subject to UAW member ratification. Hopefully this ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: September 25, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2007 6:41am

Welcome back to this week's blog carnival of female friendly car items from all around the world. Last week we focused on wacky cars. This week, we've got a broader potpourri of women's automotive news. Enjoy! During meetings with vendors and site organizers years ago, Josephine Alcazar often felt invisible. Although she was the co-owner of Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions, she wasn't ...


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UAW Strikes Against General Motors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2007 9:49pm

The United Auto Workers Union and General Motors have failed to reach an agreement in contract negotiations, and as a result, the UAW began a labor strike on Monday. The strike affects 73,000 American workers, and through an ongoing ripple effect, as many as 100,000 additional Canadian workers. The action also impacts suppliers that sell parts to General Motors. Union officials said their only choice was to strike ...


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Parking Meters Kick Out Cars to go Green

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2007 7:00pm

Conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco-based art collective, PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks. Parking spaces scattered across US cities September 22, 2007 were occupied by potted trees, expanses of sod, and lawn furniture in an effort to ...


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How I became a Used Car Expert for Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2007 2:22pm

......without taking any automotive classes. I did not start out in the automotive industry. I did not have a father with a repair shop. My father was a salesman who preferred spending time at the golf course to doing any work around the house. I had gone to college for a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management. I learned in a side class that cooking was my passion! I had a fun, successful cooking and catering ...


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GM 2008 Collection is Coming up Roses with a Focus on Energy Diversity

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 24th, 2007 6:06am

I had a blast attending the General Motors 2008 Collection event this week with the ever passionate Bob Lutz, GM Vice Chairman and Susan Docherty, General Motors Western Region General Manager who I recently interviewed on AskPatty.com, they spoke about their excitement surrounding the GM brand revitalization that is currently underway. This event was a rare opportunity for me to test drive the many GM 2008 models before the ...


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Cool Car Stuff for Moms -- and More!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 24th, 2007 5:54am

Has your child ever had a diaper blowout in her car seat? Exorcist-like vomiting? It’s tough to clean stains out of a car seat. And when you’re on a road trip, you most likely have to scrub the best you can, put your child back in the soiled seat, and endure the smell for the remainder of the trip. Want an easy solution? We recently saw some cute car seat covers featured over at Cool Mom Picks that you just ...


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Do it Yourself ( DIY) Car Washing Tips and Tricks for Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 23rd, 2007 5:38pm

I had a friend send me an email saying her granddaughter was overseas and moving back to the U.S. but needed to sell her car before she returned. She asked me to email her some tips on prepping her car to sell. It reminded me that it is just plain old good practice for all of us to keep our vehicles clean and detailed inside and out. So here are a few friendly reminders and tips if you choose to be one of the ...


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New Petition Seeks to Ban Women From Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 20th, 2007 1:51pm

What would you do if your right to drive was revoked? Driving a car spells FREEDOM, independence and convenience. My Mother did not drive until she was 40 years old, was a stay at home Mom and depended on my Father or others for all her transportation needs for many years. After she gained her independence to drive, my Mom went to work, built a 20 year career, retirement benefits and was able to participate in her ...


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Buying a New Car: Step by Step

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 20th, 2007 1:21pm

If you're shopping for a car, and dread the prospect of dealing with an aggressive salesman, read on. There are other ways to buy a new car. Buying a New Car: Step by Step No matter what model new car you want to buy, buying a new car doesn't have to involve game playing and lots of gut checks. A new car is one of the largest purchases that we make. With the average cost of a new car well over twenty ...


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