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October 24th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

Hertz drivers fired for not clocking out during breaks – Local Teamsters rep explains

Hertz, the international car rental service, fired more than two dozen Muslim workers after they refused to clock out for daily breaks, during which they usually pray. Hertz says its a policy that promotes fairness. The Muslim drivers, however, claim that this policy violates their religious freedoms.

This morning on American Morning, Alina Cho talks with Tracey Thompson, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 117, to discuss the workers' complaints with Hertz – and the next steps they plan to take against the car rental company.

Filed under: Auto makers • Religion
June 7th, 2011
08:14 AM ET

Ford's CEO explains ambitious expansion plan

The Ford Motor Company was the only one of the big three auto makers that didn't take a government bailout in 2009. That decision proved wise, because they were able to bounce back on its own. Its stock, which might be in your IRA or 401k, is up by about 780% since then.

Much of that success can be attributed to the fact that in 2006 the Ford founding family brought in a man named Alan Mulally, from Boeing, to run the company. Mulally, an engineer by training, took drastic steps. Ford has now been profitable for two years, and today it's unveiling a plan to increase sales by 50% in less than four years, mainly by growing in Asia and by selling more small cars than SUVs.

On American Morning this morning, Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, discusses the company's incredible turnaround and his bold plan for expansion.

Filed under: Auto makers • Economy