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  • Disgraced ex-politician John Edwards back practicing law and now vying to lead 'goldmine'..

    01/12/2016 12:36:31 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | Jan. 12, 2016
    Full title: Disgraced ex-politician John Edwards back practicing law and now vying to lead 'goldmine' case against Volkswagen over emissions cheatingFormer vice presidential candidate John Edwards is competing to lead private litigation against Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal. The former U.S. Senator, a Democrat, was a trial lawyer in North Carolina before his political career was felled by a sex scandal after it emerged he had an affair with actress Rielle Hunter - who then gave birth to their daughter. Last Friday, he sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of San Francisco asking to be...
  • Volkswagen faces billions in penalties as U.S. sues for environment violations

    01/04/2016 1:26:58 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-4-2016 | JULIA EDWARDS AND JOEL SCHECTMAN
    The U.S. Justice Department on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against Volkswagen AG for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by installing illegal devices to impair emission control systems in nearly 600,000 vehicles. The allegations against Volkswagen, along with its Audi and Porsche units, carry penalties that could cost the automaker billions of dollars, a senior Justice Department official said. VW could face fines in theory exceeding $90 billion - or as much as $37,500 per vehicle per violation of the law, based on the complaint. In September, government regulators initially said VW could face fines in excess of $18...
  • This is how VW will fix its Diesel engines

    11/26/2015 11:41:53 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    youtube ^ | 11-26-15 | Cars
    So machen wir es.
  • Germany’s largest trade union opening US office with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:50:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:52 PM EST | Erik Schelzig
    Germany's largest trade union is opening a joint office with the United Auto Workers in Tennessee to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers in the southern United States. Frankfurt-based IG Metall estimates that 100,000 people work for German-owned automotive companies in the U.S. Most of those workers aren't represented by unions, unlike at their counterparts at plants in Germany. ...
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • Consumer Reports Finds How Fuel Economy And Performance Drops When VW Diesels Stop Cheating

    11/13/2015 9:11:13 PM PST · by Cowman · 41 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10/09/15 3:17pm | David Tracy
    So Consumer Reports decided to put a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and a 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI to the test. To activate the car’s cheat mode, they pumped the accelerator pedal 5 times while the ignition was in the “on position” but the engine was off. To avoid being “kicked out” of the cheat mode when the car noticed the rear, undriven wheels spinning, CR simply unplugged the rear wheel speed sensors. Simple as that. Cheat mode activated. They ran their standard Consumer Reports drive cycle. This involved a city traffic simulation on the track and a 65 MPH highway...
  • EU officials ratted out VW to US: reports

    11/13/2015 8:15:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 2015 15:12 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Frustrated European officials alerted the US to Volkswagen's emissions cheating scam after the European Commission failed to act on the intel for years, German media reported on Friday. [...] "Officials from the EU informed the US environment group ICCT about the possible cheating on nitrogen oxide emissions," Mary Nichols, who heads the California Air Resources Board, told WirtschaftsWoche. The weekly reported that the European Commission had been told by a Volkswagen supplier of the cheating as early as in 2011. ...
  • Volkswagen gives owners $500 amid scandal

    11/09/2015 11:10:39 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    CNN Money, via WCYB TV 5 ^ | November 9, 2015 | Chris Isidore
    After apologizing for two months, Volkswagen is finally putting its money where its mouth is, forking over $500 to VW car owners hit by its emissions cheating scandal. The payment will come in the form a gift card that can be spent anywhere. They'll also get another card worth $500 that can only be spent on purchases or services at VW or Audi dealerships, as well as free 24-hour roadside assistance for the next three years. It's the first time owners have been compensated by the German automaker, which admitted in mid-September that its cars use software designed to cheat...
  • Volkswagen also lied about its gas-powered cars

    11/04/2015 5:39:00 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    engadget. ^ | 11/3/2015 | Jessica Conditt
    Volkswagen admitted in September that it used defeat devices aimed at fooling emissions tests in 11 million of its diesel vehicles -- but now its gasoline models are implicated in the scandal as well. On Tuesday, Volkswagen reported that it understated the level of carbon dioxide emissions of about 800,000 vehicles, including gasoline-powered models. This is the first confirmation that some of Volkswagen's gasoline-run vehicles do in fact exceed carbon dioxide emissions. The company didn't provide details in today's revelation, but it said the conclusion comes after conducting internal emissions tests. Volkswagen reported its findings after the markets in Europe...
  • The Decline of Modern Germany

    10/29/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Germany's political stability and economic sway have until recently earned Chancellor Angela Merkel unprecedented global influence and power. Postwar Germany has become the financial powerhouse of Europe and a model nation. Give credit to German hard work and competency for the country's continuing economic miracle. Less appreciated is how Germany also brilliantly exploited the lucrative in-house trade framework of the European Union market -- along with nearly seven decades of subsidized defense from an American-led NATO. The result is that Germany alone now determines the fiscal future of the nearly insolvent southern European Union nations on the Mediterranean. Germany was...
  • Did One Company Spot Volkswagen's Diesel Deception Six Years Before Anyone Else?

    10/19/2015 2:48:31 PM PDT · by Cowman · 15 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 10-19-2015 | Dave Plank
    If you live in one of the more than 20 states where Opus Inspection, through its subsidiary Envirotest, operates emissions testing programs, you may have seen its RapidScreen trucks and, more lately, unmanned stations set up beside the road, scanning the tailpipe emissions of passing vehicles. You may even live in a state where receiving a clean bill of health from one of these trucks a couple of times a year can exempt you from having to present yourself and your car for an emissions test at registration time (though you still have to pay the inspection fee, naturally). The...
  • Essential Part of the Volkswagen Diesel Repair Is the Owner [Nobody will do the "fix"]

    10/19/2015 3:37:56 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 18, 2015 | CHRISTOPHER JENSEN
    Even as Volkswagen embarks on the task of fixing the emissions systems it disabled on almost 500,000 of its diesel vehicles in the United States, the automaker faces another hurdle: persuading owners to make the repair at all. Thats because the software that allowed Volkswagen to fool federal emissions tests also lowered the cars performance and fuel economy while the device was turned on. So for owners, the prospect of having a cars emissions cleaned up, only to have the car perform worse whatever the pollution is not sitting well. If we take a 10 percent hit in...
  • Advice for owners of emissions-spewing Volkswagens and Audis

    10/11/2015 3:46:49 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    SFChron ^ | 10-6-15 | Kathleen Pender
    Breese Berkowitz of Walnut Creek bought a new 2015 Passat TDI on Sept. 12 to replace an aging Toyota Prius hybrid. Her familys other car is a plug-in Prius, and she wanted something environmentally friendly but not another plug-in because she needed a longer range. Volkswagen had been advertising its clean diesel technology and Berkowitz thought the Passat the Eco-friendly Car of the Year, according to Cars.com offered great gas mileage without sacrificing performance. On Sept. 18, she and everyone learned it was a fraud, that Volkswagen had installed so-called defeat devices on 11 million Volkswagen and Audi...
  • Volkswagen CEO warns of huge cuts over scandal: Employees warned of mass layoffs

    10/06/2015 10:44:28 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | October 6, 2015 | Mark Thompson
    Volkswagen will have to make massive savings to cope with the huge cost of its emissions cheating scandal. That was the stark message delivered to more than 20,000 Volkswagen employees by the group's new chief executive, Matthias Mueller, at a meeting in Germany on Tuesday. A former Porsche chief, Mueller took over as CEO of the giant automaker after Martin Winterkorn stood down when it became clear the group had cheated emissions tests on as many as 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide. Mueller said Volkswagen would survive, but warned the road to recovery would be painful. "We must make massive...
  • Volkswagen Emissions Investigation Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 9:53:54 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 5, 2015 | William Boston
    Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldnt deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsches Formula One and Le Mans racing engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the companys market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to...
  • Volkswagen Emissions Probe Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 12:23:46 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | By William Boston
    WOLFSBURG, GermanyTwo top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldnt deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsches winning Formula One engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the companys market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to meet clear-air...
  • In Volkswagen's Defense

    09/30/2015 6:40:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/30/2015 | Paul Murphy
    First, let me say that I drive a Volvo XC70 - a 300 HP, 5000 pound, gas guzzler that gets about 9,000 miles per ticket -- and have never owned, or wanted, either a Volkswagen or an Audi. It's unfair to hold today's Volkswagen AG accountable for the sins of its founders, but I have never understood how leftist anti-war protestors and peaceniks could commute to their riots in cars and vans whose design Ferdinand Porsche largely stole from Tata at Hitler's orders -- but then, I don't understand how adoring posters of mass murderers like Mao and Che...
  • Of Course This Angry Note To A Volkswagen TDI Owner Is From Portland

    09/29/2015 2:01:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 45 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 09/28/2015 | Patrick George
    Full disclosure, I have no clue if this is legit or not. But I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it turned out to be real, because Portland.To the residents of the People’s Republic: if you’re out and about and you see this thing on cars, let us know.Dieselgate, everybody!     Hat tip to Will Kinton in Oppo!
  • Volkswagen is crashing hard after Audi got dragged into the emissions scandal

    09/28/2015 8:55:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/28/2015 | Oscar Williams-Grut
    The weekend break has not helped Volkswagen.Shares in the troubled German carmaker are crashing again, down 8.5% at 12.50 a.m. BST (7.50 a.m. ET).Google FinanceVolkswagen shares have been diving since it emerged that software in the company's cars was juicing the numbers on diesel emissions.On Monday, news broke that the scandal was even worse than first thought over 2 million Audi cars are fitted with the same emissions-cheating software as Volkswagen's cars. Audi is owned by Volkswagen and produces higher-end cars.Bloomberg is also reporting that Volkswagen executives in Germany were directly involved in the faking of emissions, and former...
  • Volkswagen's cheating engines can't be easily fixed

    09/25/2015 8:08:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 122 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/25/2015 | Benjamin Zhang
    Volkswagen is confronted with a monumental challenge. The company has admitted that 11 million of its cars used illegal software to cheat emissions standards. Now, many owners are demanding that the offending cars be fixed. That's easier said than done, and Volkswagen has already tried and failed twice. Here's the issue, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency: Cars with Volkswagen's 2-liter TDI turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines include software that detects when the car is undergoing emissions testing and turns on a suite of pollution-control systems. But as soon as the test ends, the controls switch off, leaving the...
  • 13,000 miles in VW bus: Argentine family arrives in Philly to see Pope

    09/24/2015 3:45:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-24-15 | Moni Basu
    They traveled 13,000 miles in a Volkswagen bus through 13 countries and were only 30 miles from their destination, Philadelphia, when it broke down. Again. By now, they were accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of their beloved bus. Still, after 194 days on the road and on the city's outskirts, they dealt with one more disappointment. But again with the help of Good Samaritans, they got the bus going again and finally arrived this week in the City of Brotherly Love, the culmination of a journey of epic proportions. They had embarked on the long trip to spend time together as...
  • German ministers were reportedly warned of VW test-beating software

    09/24/2015 5:43:38 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/24/2015 | Fox News
    German government ministers reportedly turned a blind eye to Volkswagen installing cheat devices to fool U.S. diesel emissions tests, raising the possibility that the mushrooming scandal could cause embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Britain's Daily Telegraph, citing a German parliamentary answer, reports that German ministers were warned months ago of "defeat device" software installed on Volkswagens diesel cars. The transport ministry answered a parliamentary question about the country's car industry on July 28 saying, "The federal government is award of (defeat devices), which have the goal of (test) cycle detection," according to The Telegraph. The paper reported that while the...
  • VW Scandal Bad News For Diesel

    09/23/2015 4:10:28 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 43 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-09-2015 | Tom
    The outlook for diesel looks grim after U.S regulators found that the worlds second biggest car manufacturer cheated on its emission tests. Last Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that Volkswagen violated the U.S Clean Air Act. The German auto maker deliberately rigged the so called emission control systems in several models of their cars in order to reduce nitrogen-oxide emissions when tested in the lab. However, when tested on the road, the size of the diesel deception proved to be bigger than many could have imagined. Bloomberg reported on September 22 that on an open road test both...
  • Volkswagen Chief Martin Winterkorn Resigns Amid Emissions Scandal

    09/23/2015 8:29:58 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 23, 2015 | JACK EWING
    FRANKFURT Martin Winterkorn resigned as chief executive of Volkswagen Wednesday, taking responsibility for an emissions cheating scandal that has gravely damaged the carmakers reputation and may spread to the German economy. As C.E.O. I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines, Mr. Winterkorn, who had headed the company since 2007, said in a statement. But he continued to insist he personally committed no misconduct. I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part.
  • Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn Resigns Over Emissions Scandal

    09/23/2015 8:27:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/23/2015 | By William Boston
    BERLIN Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday in the wake of a developing emissions scandal that has stunned the auto industry and slashed the car makers market value. Volkswagen needs a fresh startalso in terms of personnel, Mr. Winterkorn said. I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation. Mr. Winterkorn said that he accepted responsibility for the irregularities found in diesel engines and has asked the supervisory board to agree to his stepping down. He said, however, that he wasn't aware of any wrongdoing on his part.
  • Guy selling Volkswagen fears he may be stuck with it

    09/22/2015 2:20:54 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 76 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 09/22/15 | Tonya Garcia
    The way it is now they get more horsepower and better performance in the hidden illegal mode, why bring your car in for an upgrade that will deteriorate performance and cause components to maybe wear out faster and get lower miles per gallon?, asks durhamgti. VW will have to wave a big carrot in front of their customers to get them to comply. One person wants to know how he can turn a buck in the market based on the news. Should I buy VWs stock since it took a dive or should I buy stock in another promising diesel...
  • Dear Volkswagen: This Was Your Biggest Mistake [Not being like GM]

    09/22/2015 2:01:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/22/2015 | Tyler Durden
    As we previously commented when it comes to justice, there are those companies that have been bailed out by the US Government, and then there is everyone else. Case in point, GM, which last Thursday was fined $900 million for covering up its faulty ignition switches that caused at least 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The deal with GM was cut by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who said theres no federal criminal penalty for knowingly putting a deadly product on the market. "It has been a challenging case, for the agencies,...
  • Volkswagen shares crash on emissions cheating scandal

    09/21/2015 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    cnn ^ | 9-21-2015
    Shares in Volkswagen (VLKAF) crashed 20% Monday, wiping 16 billion euros ($18 billion) off the company's value after it was found to have misled U.S. regulators. Federal and state regulators said Friday that the German company cheated on environmental standards by programming some diesel-fueled cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested. Volkswagen, recently crowned the world's biggest carmaker by sales, also owns the Audi and Porsche brands. The software is installed in nearly 500,000 cars on U.S. roads, including some of its luxury-brand Audi cars. Regulators have ordered Volkswagen to recall the vehicles. The company said it...
  • VW Is Said to Cheat on Diesel Emissions; U.S. to Order Big Recall

    09/20/2015 2:48:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, September 18, 2015 | Coral Davenport and Jack Ewing
    The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half-million cars, saying the automaker illegally installed software in its diesel-power cars to evade standards for reducing smog. The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker of using software to detect when the car is undergoing its periodic state emissions testing. Only during such tests are the cars full emissions control systems turned on. During normal driving situations, the controls are turned off, allowing the cars to spew as much as 40 times as much pollution as allowed under the Clean Air Act, the E.P.A. said. We expected better...
  • Volkswagen Accused Of Hacking 482,000 Diesels To Fake U.S. Emissions Tests

    09/18/2015 11:14:17 AM PDT · by Reaganez · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | September 18, 2015 | Justin Hyde
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California officials say some 482,000 Volkswagen and Audi diesels were engineered to falsify their emissions for federal testsa violation that opens the German automaker to a theoretical fine totaling $18 billion. The EPA and California Air Resources Board say the affected models had software in its computer engine controls that could sense exactly when it was being tested for emissions quality. At all other times, it would run the diesels in a different mode with illegal levels of pollution; for example, spewing up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog,...
  • US: VW and Audi try to impose diesel engines

    06/19/2015 1:35:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.inautonews.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | By Aurel Niculescu
    Germanys VW AG has a mixed situation in the US on one hand its luxury stablemate Audi is thriving and posting record sales each month, while on the other hand the mass-market brand is suffering. The company is a powerhouse in Europe, where its the largest automaker and thanks to China has also achieved the status of the second biggest carmaker in the world. Among the issues lie the fact that in the US the mass-market car brand VW has been sliding while the rest of the market is going up and the fact that Audi is indeed posting...
  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanoogas Volkswagen plant. The UAWs attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VWs Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • UAW gains important recognition at VW Tennessee plant

    12/09/2014 3:31:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 8, 2014 6:04pm EST | Bernie Woodall
    The United Auto Workers gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the companys plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a company spokesman said on Monday. The union on Monday said membership at its Local 42 in Chattanooga exceeds a majority of workers at the plant. It is the first time the UAW has been recognized at a foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the South, but it is short of the UAWs goal of attaining exclusive bargaining rights for all of the plants 1,500 blue-collar workers....
  • German labor chief: VW must halt anti-union group

    11/14/2014 8:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 3:52 PM EST | Erik Schelzig
    The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee. In a statement issued Friday in Frankfurt, Germany, IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel called on Volkswagen to show its true colors in officially recognizing the United Auto Workers union as its bargaining partner at the Chattanooga factory once the union proves it has signed up a majority of workers there. It is our objective to guarantee also under the politically difficult circumstances in the United States that labor union rights are respected and co-determination in the plant...
  • Volkswagen Golf named Car of the Year

    11/13/2014 12:20:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 13, 2014 | Peter Valdes-Dapena
    You may not think of it as the most exciting car in the world, but the newly redesigned Volkswagen Golf compact car has been named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year. The award is for all four available versions of the Golf. That includes the sporty Golf GTI, the diesel-powered Golf TDI, the electric-powered e-Golf and the basic Golf 1.8T. This seventh-generation version of the compact car is lighter and more fuel-efficient but still larger than previous Volkswagen (VLKAF) Golfs.
  • VW says robots to replace retiring boomers

    10/06/2014 11:26:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | Published: 06 Oct 2014 16:02 CET | (DPA/The Local)
    Volkswagen hopes to put more robots to work as it says goodbye to its retiring baby boomer employees, the companys chief of human resources wrote in the Sddeutsche Zeitung on Monday. [] In the German auto industry, labor costs are more than 40 per hour; eastern European labor costs 11; in China, its still than less than 10, (Horst) Neumann wrote. A current robotic replacement for assembly work currently costs around 5 an hour. Predictably, next-generation robotics will be even cheaper. We have to take make the most of this price advantage.
  • Edn Run: UAW decides to skip election and form union at VW anyway

    07/12/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I just returned from another trip to Tennessee where I was able to catch up with a few folks from the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and see how things were developing. The conversations there had shifted quite a bit from earlier in the year when the vote regarding UAW unionization was raging, and recent reports make it clear that the big auto union isn’t going to be content with licking their wounds from their recent loss. As Ed reported back in April, the UAW had withdrawn their request for a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board, which some...
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

    04/22/2014 11:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 1:24 AM EDT
    Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million. The Japanese automakers first quarter sales rose by more than 6 percent from the same period the previous year. GMs sales grew 2 percent, while Volkswagens added nearly 6 percent.
  • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant

    04/21/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.VW workers due to testify in the NLRB hearing were already at the courthouse in downtown Chattanooga when they heard the news, which left lawyers in...
  • Surprise: UAW folds in VW dispute

    04/21/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Thus marks the end of the United Auto Workers foray into unionizing Southern auto manufacturing. Despite cooperative management at Volkswagen, the UAW failed to convince workers in its Chattanooga facility to unionize. The union alleged interference and demanded a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board to force a revote, but unexpectedly withdrew just before the hearing was scheduled to start:
  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRBs historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to...
  • UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

    04/21/2014 1:46:16 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 10 replies
    Automotive News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Reuters
    CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) -- The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee. UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union this morning, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years. King and the UAW announced the withdrawal on the morning of the scheduled start of an NLRB hearing in Chattanooga on the union's objection.
  • UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

    04/21/2014 6:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 9:03 AM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagens assembly plant in Tennessee. In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to put the tainted election in the rearview mirror because the challenge could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion.
  • Labor Fascism in Chattanooga: UAW refuses to take the Volkswagen workers' "no" for an answer.

    04/18/2014 6:28:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    As the labor movement tells the story, two months ago, the silly, ungrateful Volkswagen factory workers in Tennessee foolishly rejected the generous invitation of the company and the United Auto Workers to welcome the Detroit-killing union with open arms. In an election supervised by the federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the workers in VW's Chattanooga plant rejected UAW representation by a vote of 712 to 626. Amazingly, the UAW and the automaker both refuse to take the workers' "no" for an answer. The two sides are acting in unison to overturn the democratically expressed will of the workers. Nullifying...
  • U.S. House Democrats investigating Haslam's role in Volkswagen plant vote

    04/16/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    Kingsport (TN) Times News ^ | April 16, 2014 | G. Chambers Williams III
    Democrats in the U.S. House on Wednesday opened an "inquiry" into whether Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration might have violated federal labor law by attempting to tie state incentives for expansion of the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant to the outcome of an election over representation by the United Auto Workers union. The probe is yet another chapter in the ongoing debate over whether Republican officials, including Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, may have interfered in the February election in which workers voted 712-626 to reject the UAW, which was attem
  • Sources: Volkswagen Seeks Obama Admins Help To Unionize Plant, Despite Election Results

    04/08/2014 1:24:06 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07 April 2014 | Patrick Howley
    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.
  • Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant

    03/13/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    chicagotribune.com/Reuters ^ | 3/13/2014 | Amanda Becker
    Three anti-union Volkswagen workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in a U.S. court, alleging that VW and the union improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost. The lawsuit marks the latest fallout from a hard-fought contest at VW's plant in Chattanooga, where workers voted 712-626 last month not to join the UAW. The union is asking federal regulators to scrap that result and hold a new election. Filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the complaint alleges VW provided "thing of...
  • That snapping sound you hear is the AFL-CIOs white flag of surrender flying over Dixie

    03/04/2014 9:01:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When the UAW failed miserably in Chattanooga and was not able to unionize the Volkswagen plant, even with a staked deck, it started a chain reaction and the next domino has fallen. The news that the AFL-CIO has decided to keep its money and not even try to save three Southern Democrat Senators comes as no real shock. The powerful union reviewed the polls and the political climate in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas and decided backing the Democrats in these states would be throwing good money after bad. The decision left Democrat Senators Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu...
  • Dividing Volks [Tennessee Volkswagen union drive]

    02/23/2014 7:29:22 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Feb. 21, 2014 | Tamsin McMahon
    Volkswagens first foray into Americas automotive manufacturing industry was, by all accounts, a disaster. Less than six months after the company opened a plant in Pennsylvania in 1978, workers went on strike for higher wages and the company was hit with a series of union-backed lawsuits. The factory lasted just 10 years. It took Volkswagen more than two decades to venture back into the U.S. and, when it did, with a $1-billion assembly plant that opened in 2011, it chose Tennessee, a place where being anti-union is considered as patriotic as apple pie. The Southern U.S. has built itself into...
  • Thirteen billboards, one paint-shop worker helped defeat union at VW plant in Chattanooga

    02/22/2014 3:44:45 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Kevin Drawbaugh and Nick Carey
    WASHINGTON/CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) - In the aftermath of the United Auto Workers' crushing defeat in a vote to represent workers at Volkswagen's sole U.S. factory, a key question remains unanswered: did conservative politicians and anti-union groups work together to stymie the union? In an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, the UAW said there was a "coordinated effort" by state politicians, anti-union groups and Tennessee's U.S. Senator Bob Corker to coerce a no vote in the February 12-14 election. The union's NLRB filing offered scant detail to support the allegation, and Reuters interviews with more than a dozen...