auto industry

Ford Motor Company released lower than expected first quarter earnings Tuesday. The automaker earned $924 million during the first part of this year. (WDET)

Membership in the UAW is the highest it has been since 2008, according to the organization’s annual labor report. The union grew by three percent in the past year, reaching just over 400,000 members. (WDET)

General Motors Co. said Monday said it will buy back $5 billion in company shares and has reached a deal with activist investor Harry J. Wilson, who will withdraw his request for a board seat and shareholder proposal. The buyback will begin immediately and continue through the end of 2016, GM said. (Detroit News)

Company says hourly workers will receive profit-sharing checks in March

Governor says lower gas prices may help get voter approval for sales tax increase to improve roads