Skip to comments.Sources: Volkswagen Seeks Obama Adminís Help To Unionize Plant, Despite Election Results
Posted on 04/08/2014 1:24:06 AM PDT by zeestephen
The Chattanooga plants February secret-ballot vote to remain non-union was seen as a major triumph for the right-to-work community. But Volkswagen has since been under intense pressure from the companys highly influential German union IG-METAL to figure out how to void the election result.
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Then don’t buy VWs. Simple.
German industrial unions are very different from the UAW as it is constituted in this country. The UAW is an organized mob of lesser-skilled individuals that rely more on their threat to continued profitable production than on any expertise they may bring to the factory floor, while the European unions first of all train craftsmen who specialize in producing a superior product, through an apprenticeship program, then firmly control how much this skilled craftsman may produce through complicated arrangements with the manufacturer, in exchange for a mutually-agreed-upon compensation. The European unions deliver a real and tangible advantage for the employer, not present in the negotiations between UAW and the manufacturers.
Sounds almost like advocacy for the social market economy.
I’m still driving a 30 year old Mercedes I bought for $100 ten years ago.
Yes, but keep in mind that it’s the German Union that’s trying to get the vote voided. I see three possibilities:
They are ignorant of the differences you describe
They are acting in collusion with the UAW due to some sort of off the books pact
They want the UAW in so that the factory can fail (as a previous unionized VW factory in the US did) and jobs will be brought home to Germany.
Personally, my moneys on the last option. Because inthink that German union leaders are smarter and more politically savvy than the brute force thugs who run the US unions.
Wow, the vote non-union was big news down here. I think more than a few will be disappointed that they asked for the vote then just spit on the workers that voted that way.
That is unless they are playing nice with Obama's goon-squads at the request of the NLRB and union activists. Playing both sides just burns you in the middle.
The 240D and 300D will run forever. Parts are a cost burden however. Very pricey spares.
O’Reilly and others, believe it or not.
Are parts for those cars as expensive as some people would lead us to believe?
Those are naturally-aspirated diesels IIRC, right?
No, or I sure wouldn’t be able to own one. Some parts are expensive, but what car doesn’t have pricey parts? The Model T, Maverick and old Beetle are long gone. There’s no such thing as an “easy to work on” modern car, at least not in this country. Find a retired Mercedes or other diesel mechanic and you’ll be in hog heaven.
At the end of the day, they’re both a monopoly of labor.
Yep. Lead sleds on wheels. Perfect cars for your children. Zero to sixty in 30 seconds. Well balanced in snow and ice. Safe and harder to be stupid in than most cars. Very spartan.
Mine is a 300D turbo diesel. Have never ever seen the turbocharger.
Yes, because they are made by little union gnomes in the Bavarian forest.
I’m thinking more like 0-60 in about 11 seconds, but once I get rolling you’ll see it was built for the autobahn. Over-engineered in so many ways. Electric windows, but the cruise control gave up the ghost many moons ago and I’ve never bothered to get it fixed.
The Germans...looking to bo for help...on totalitarianism
And that’s all anyone needs to know about our situation
Actually Chevrolet made a Diesel Chevette in the late 70's and early 80's which was a great car. Unfortunately GM ruined it's reputation so badly on the 350 engine modified for diesel in the same time period that the Diesel Chevette suffered an early death from the line.
The Cosworth Vega
German products are changing. Vw has significant quality problems now.
Can’t Obama just issue an executive order?
I think it was GM’s Union plant in Tennessee that closed under Obama Motors. It was Union Boeing in Oak Ridge that about a year after a long strike was shuttered as well. A unionized tire manufacturing company closed as well. Unions in general are not that popular here. Nor wanted.
And in true union fashion, they would rather destroy and close the plant than not have control.
Union Toyota in California as well.
Vw has significant quality problems now.
Since production of the original Beetle ended, VW has had quality/reliability/durability problems.
I drive a German car, but I've never thought of German cars as being trouble-free.
Those interested should keep in mind that VW includes the brands Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ducati available in the USA, and Euro brands Seat, Skoda, Scania and Man.
Memories of a disaster, the GM gas and diesel hybrid.
I liked the rabbit that Stephanie Zimbalist drove in Remington Steele. Stephanie was the better part of package with or without the rabbit.
Don’t forget Rolls Royce. VW/Porsche/Audi owns Rolls Royce.
At least the CEO THOUGHT he bought Rolls Royce and Bentley together.
Alas, BMW got Rolls Royce automobiles and VW et.al. got the Rolls Royce aircraft engine plant.
When that happened it was a sign to me that VW et.al. was toast.
Then came the VW Phaeton...
Coming soon...... diesel /natural gas hybrid
Right you are, kinda.
Rolls-Royce is actually a BMW brand with Mini, but the relationship is a bit complicated.
In early 1993, Volkswagen decided to start mass marketing a car for homosexuals. It was called the Volkswagen Rabbit. They were the first company to proudly, publicly endorse homosexuality. The first to portray homosexual men in a commercial, holding hands while cruising.
No conservative or Christian should ever buy a Volkswagen,
The King of queers.
I own an ‘02 Carerra.
Tell me again, why do we bother voting?
One of the things that love about the South is the abject hatred for the Socialist (i.e. Communist) Unions. If that ever changes, then I will know that the wrong people from up North have immigrated to the South (e.g. see South Florida and Virginia).
I remember a friend of mine had a standard Vega that had a V6 shoehorned in. Left a Cosworth in the dust one time.
Nowadays, base model economy cars from Japan have twin cams and four valves per cylinder standard.
You mean other countries outsource jobs to the US?
Is there any 4 cyl from anybody that doesn’t have that in 2014?
There are basically three types of Unions in the US: Public employees, trade Unions and worker Unions.
Most would agrees that Public Employee Unions do NOT offer any benefit for the employee or the employer, which is the citizen. All it does it funnel money to Democrats and enrich Union Bosses.
Next are trade Unions. I am not opposed to trade Unions, but I am opposed to some of the members attitude that jobs should automatically go to trade Union employees. My opinion is that a trade Union is a business and this business must compete for business. It must show "brand" advantage over non-union labor. I have lived in areas where you would not dare hire anyone that wasn't a Union Shop, but I have also been an areas where it did not make a difference or trade Labor was a negative.
Worker Unions must prove that they can help a company deliver superior quality and value in order to avoid extinction. But instead in the US, all they do is lobby legislators into compulsory union and little Davis Bacon laws. They only care about members is due payments and recruiting more members.
New V6 Accords are faster than most muscle cars from the ‘60s.
That was a piece of garbage alright.
Then why do they need a monopoly contract? Let them simply compete and the market will determine what's needed.