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.