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Sources: Volkswagen Seeks Obama Adminís Help To Unionize Plant, Despite Election Results
The Daily Caller ^ | 07 April 2014 | Patrick Howley

Posted on 04/08/2014 1:24:06 AM PDT by zeestephen

The Chattanooga plant’s 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 company’s highly influential German union IG-METAL to figure out how to void the election result.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: automobiles; automotive; chattanooga; igmetal; igmetall; uaw; unions; volkswagen; vw
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1 posted on 04/08/2014 1:24:06 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Then don’t buy VWs. Simple.


2 posted on 04/08/2014 1:27:15 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 1:48:11 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: alloysteel

Sounds almost like advocacy for the social market economy.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 1:53:41 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: alloysteel

I’m still driving a 30 year old Mercedes I bought for $100 ten years ago.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 2:00:13 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: alloysteel

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.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 2:00:55 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: zeestephen

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.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 2:03:30 AM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: zeestephen
Volkwagen should stay focused on it's core business of making cars in a right to work state which does not care for unions much. I would guess they knew that when they chose the location?

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.

8 posted on 04/08/2014 2:04:53 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The 240D and 300D will run forever. Parts are a cost burden however. Very pricey spares.


9 posted on 04/08/2014 2:08:19 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

O’Reilly and others, believe it or not.


10 posted on 04/08/2014 2:16:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Are parts for those cars as expensive as some people would lead us to believe?


11 posted on 04/08/2014 2:23:44 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: blackdog

Those are naturally-aspirated diesels IIRC, right?


12 posted on 04/08/2014 2:26:06 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

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.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 2:28:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: alloysteel

At the end of the day, they’re both a monopoly of labor.


14 posted on 04/08/2014 2:28:22 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Olog-hai

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.


15 posted on 04/08/2014 2:29:07 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Olog-hai

Mine is a 300D turbo diesel. Have never ever seen the turbocharger.


16 posted on 04/08/2014 2:29:26 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Olog-hai

Yes, because they are made by little union gnomes in the Bavarian forest.


17 posted on 04/08/2014 2:31:54 AM PDT by Lockbox
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To: blackdog

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.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 2:32:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: zeestephen

The Germans...looking to bo for help...on totalitarianism

And that’s all anyone needs to know about our situation


19 posted on 04/08/2014 2:34:52 AM PDT by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have a friend who drives only circa 1977 ~ 1980 diesel Rabbits from VW. He has about five of them and rotates them as needed. They get 50 mpg, and are easy to work on.

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.

20 posted on 04/08/2014 2:34:52 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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