Skip to comments.VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief
Posted on 02/20/2014 1:44:36 PM PST by Olog-hai
Volkswagens top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized.
Workers at VWs factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last Friday voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW), rejecting efforts by VW representatives to set up a German-style works council at the plant.
German workers enjoy considerable influence over company decisions under the legally enshrined co-determination principle which is anathema to many politicians in the U.S. who see organized labor as a threat to profits and job growth.
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Unions by law have representation on corporate boards in Germany. Hence they can stop VW from putting any more plants in the South if they don’t like the outcome of this election.
Switch to Toyota production. We’ll stop buying VW’s in the south and see how they like that.
Good old social market economy. Of course the “work councils” would prefer no overseas workers if they can’t get money out of them. VW being in third place sales-wise makes their position precarious, though, and the government can step in and put them in their place (whoops).
I hate German Communists. By trying to peddle this union crap in the South, I hope they are met with violent opposition, if it is needed. They can build their next plant in Hell.
Wasn’t VW Hitlers little innovation?
Well it only took a week for the union to resort to the next level of mob tactics.
They’ll force unions on these workers one way or another.
Ferdinand Porsche, actually. Of course, when Adolf took over and called the car the “KdF-Wagen”, then it became a state affair.
Last I checked, all five aforementioned companies are operating every U.S. plant at or near 100% capacity.
Time to take the union thugs out and give them a good pummeling.
Sorry, but it is the only thing they understand.
I’m not exactly sure German Unions are much like UAW.
I could be wrong though.
Germans tend to value craftsmanship and create programs for workers to become masters in their fields.
UAW is all about power and control.
“And I’m gonna take my ball and go home and tell my Mommy!”
I’d buy a Schwimmwagen if I could find one for a reasonable sum. Or a bus or a Kombi, take it apart and build a Pookie.
And if you know off the top of your head what any of that is, then you’re as weird as I am. :-)
I doubt that union workers will be making these:
Elio Motors and the Three Wheeled Car - A Moonshot Project ($6800, 84 mpg)
VW has been providing the turbo Diesel small car technology in the US for the last ~20 years that the domestics claim the peeps don’t want.
Sent this letter to VW.
My husband and I bought a VW Passat TDI. We were glad to hear that the union did not win in the south. Now VW home office says they might not want to build cars in south if union doesn’t get in? If they want to get into US politics, maybe we should no longer buy VW’s. Please express our concern.
"According to Trevor Davies Engineering, manufacturer of the Pookie, "...of the 76 vehicles built between 1976 and 1980 none ever detonated a mine, though 12 were lost and two drivers were killed." Remotely detonated mines were responsible for the loss of the 12 vehicles and one of the fatalities, though it is not clear[to whom?] if the remaining fatality, caused by an RPG, also resulted in the loss of vehicle and if that loss was included in the previous count."
Remember the Messerschmitt KR-175? Also a three-wheel bubble car; got about 64 mpg, but top speed was only 50 mph.
Remember that Volkswagen was a child, originally, of the Third Reich, and as such, being the “People’s Car”, it was only right it should be assembled by “the People”, which in German bureaucratese, meant “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei”, abbreviated as NSDAP, but most popularly known as “Nazi”.
The Third Reich integrated all the labor unions into arms of the regime, and used the predisposition of the German people and their allegiance to the soil of Germany to further make the demand upon the “Volken” to see the subjugation of ALL the workers (”Arbeiter”) to the greater good of the State.
Even after the humbling defeat of the Third Reich, in their hearts, Germans still see organized unions as the salvation of their secular lives. Is it genetic or something?
their stylings are rather old and unimpressive compared to other brands.
It looks like it's the union saying that, rather than the company.
I can't imagine the company itself insisting on the corrosive influence of the UAW before it will deign to open a plant in a Right-to Work state.
more to it than that.
fedgov got involved in dealing with small car diesels b/c too many would siphon off too much diesel that truckers use. you don’ t put ethanol in diesel. lots of interests have quashed any move to commonplace large numbers of commuter diesel vehicles.
otherwise it’d be fantastic.
Have to agree - the model for Union organizations in Germany is not one of force. The company gets as much out of it as the workers in that co-operation and high standards of workmanship and training are written into enterprise agreements. Pathways to better jobs are available for those willing to up skill and it is all done with typical German efficiency. Nothing like the antagonistic relationships between Unions and Business that a lot of western countries have. I’m not sure the UAW Union really want to go there as it will make them look bad indeed!
I just wanted the thing as a daily driver.
You might be able to mod the shoestring-engineered cab to be survivable in a command-detonated environment though, without compromising that ever-so-sweet virtually-nonexistent ground pressure unduly.
Oh- that, and some chain link panels on frames for the RPG.
If they make good money, which they probably will, they will change their minds about curtailing future investments.
The company says that the vehicle will cost $6800, achieve an 84 miles per gallon fuel economy, and they anticipate a five star NHTSA safety rating. The eight gallon tank will theoretically allow a driver to go 672 miles on a tank of gas. Top speed of the Elio is said to be over 100 miles per hour.
This maintains the right to work non union atmosphere of the south. I believe that other auto makers will build plants in that area because of this decision.
I do not see how anything that VW now claims about this decision has any further relevance. They are not going to close a plant that is already built, in production, and making them money.
This is one more lesson to the liberals that clearly demonstrates that we are not Europe and not going to be either.
This whole line of crap in the media is nothing more than the leftist socialist lies and spin of the UAW after it lost a vote that was gift wrapped and handed to them on a silver platter.
What this vote says is that the auto workers themselves have chosen to not let the UAW do to them what it did to the auto industry and to the workers in Detroit, Flint, and other cities. In those places the UAW took their own members money and then caused them to loose their jobs. The union hierarchy got filthy mega-rich and the out of work union members got food stamps and poverty.
This is why the UAW is dieing.
“Only weirdos drive VWs anyway. “
Uhm, yeah. I love my Jetta TDI Sportwagen. It gets a good, honest 40 mpg combined. But if they go union I won’t buy another. I guess I’ll end up getting and old, used 300D as my next car.
This is pretty decent evidence of collusion between the VW German union and the UAW.
I have been watching the development of that.
It seems to be a cross between an nineteen eighties B. D. Lightstar and a BMW Isetta.
Now it sounds like they finally put something in production (Eco-boost).
Ford have had small car Diesels in Europe for many years (decades?). Here in the US?; Not so much.
Now that Diesel has gone to really low Sulphur, the fuel prices have reversed so that gas is cheaper than Diesel/BTU.
please Germany, Japan, Korea, etc....don’t bother coming here....we have an ungrateful evil greedy and criminal system and you’ll be under their thumb to your demise...
My TDI Station Wagons came from Germany. Now we have the US Jetta, but with no Station Wagon. No sale here.
Tough neighbourhood! Near Kandahar is it?
Close. Washington DC area.
yup, but the problem here is that there’s only a certain amount of diesel fuel capacity and fedgov wants most of that for truckers.
ecoboost isnt a diesel invention, it’s an option on most of their fleet - gas fuel.
I would never buy a VW, union or not.
What, now the owners of the company are going to force people to join a union?
I don’t see that flying in any right to work state.
I can understand a Kombi and even a Schwimmwagen, but a Pookie? WOW! Those ‘yoots’ in DC have become VERY sophisticated!
Actually, I like it more for the widespread puzzlement it’d cause. Probably getting great mileage is an added bonus.
“Hence they can stop VW from putting any more plants in the South if they dont like the outcome of this election.”
Well, sucks to be them, then. In the meantime, Toyota and Hyundai can keep making (more relialble than VW) cars with their hard-working, relatively content US workers. I don’t see a problem here.
Diesel and heating oil used primarily in the NE are essentially the same product.
as the next dictator, I’d tell VW to go home; there are more than enough world automakers who would take over their Chattanooga plant
Both the Schwimmwagen and the Pookie would a little chilly in the winter!
Fair point. I'd consideration of that, I'd ridiculously over-engineer the cab climate control.
>> Hence they can stop VW from putting any more plants in the South
Won’t stop Nissan, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai...
Suck it, Volkswagen. Go ahead and lose to your right-thinking competition. After all, you’re not a business so much as a social welfare org.
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