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VW Workers Vote For Unionization In Tennessee, But Volkswagen Cries Foul
VW Workers Vote For Unionization In Tennessee, But Volkswagen Cries Foul

Employees at Volkswagen's manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee have voted in favor of unionization. The automaker isn't at all happy about that, though, and it's already begun working to invalidate the election. A RECAP In February of 2014, workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. plant voted...Read More»

2015 Buick Envision (Chinese spec)
Would You Buy A Chinese-Made Car? Buick May Want To Know

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been hearing rumors about a new, sporty electric car that's intended to turn the heads of Tesla fans. Sounds feasible, right? After all, Tesla is beloved and adored by many motorists, so why shouldn't it draw a few competitors? Then we hear that this new car is...Read More»

Production version of VW’s CrossBlue concept to be built in Chattanooga
Volkswagen Brings Midsize SUV To Non-Unionized Chattanooga Plant; Production Starts 2016

At a press conference this morning, Volkswagen confirmed that it will produce a new, midsize SUV for the U.S. at its plant in Chattanooga. The announcement brings with it a multi-million dollar investment in Tennessee and thousands of new jobs, but will this new vehicle help VW reach its goal of...Read More»

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UAW Drops Fight For Re-Vote At Volkswagen's Tennessee Plant

The United Auto Workers has thrown in the towel -- in Tennessee, at least. According to Reuters, the union has backed away from its high-profile attempt to overturn a recent vote against unionization at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, and many are wondering what this means for the future of the...Read More»

Subaru of Wichita one-ups union protestors
Subaru Dealership In Kansas One-Ups Union Protestors

As Ferris Bueller once said, life moves pretty fast. Nowhere is that more evident than in the world of marketing, where today's advertisers use social media to respond to all kinds of things -- from customer complaints to world events -- on the fly. According to The Wichita Eagle, a Subaru...Read More»

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Volkswagen Labor Leader Vows To Stop VW's Investment In Tennessee & The South

Earlier this week, we reported that, despite years of campaigning by the United Automobile Workers, employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted against unionization. If the decision had gone the other way, employees would've created a "works council" similar to the kind found...Read More»

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At Volkswagen, UAW Loses Unionization Vote. So, Who Wins?

The United Automobile Workers spent the past couple of years doing everything in its power to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but when all the votes were counted, the New York Times reports that the 626 employees who wanted to join the union were outnumbered by...Read More»

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Volkswagen Accused Of Forcing Workers To Join The UAW?

Last week, we told you about the ongoing struggle between Nissan and its workers in Canton, Mississippi. The workers allege that Nissan has engaged in a campaign of intimidation and misinformation to prevent them from joining a union. A few hundred miles away, in Tennessee, Volkswagen workers are...Read More»

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UAW-Automaker War Heats Up Down South, With Nissan On Defense

In Detroit, the Big Three car companies maintain an uneasy truce with the United Automobile Workers union. Troubles flare up from time to time, but both sides usually manage to work through their differences. Like rival cousins, they've been through a lot together. For foreign automakers doing...Read More»

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Hyundai, Kia Workers Vote To Strike: How Will It Affect You?

Bad news for the bigwigs at Hyundai and Kia: workers at the companies' facilities in South Korea have voted to strike. The upside? Unlike walkouts of previous years, these won't last very long, and they aren't likely to affect vehicle availability in the U.S. or anywhere else. Approximately 71% of...Read More»

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Teamsters, Tea Party Protest Some Of The Same Things At Detroit

At two places during the Detroit auto show—first circulating on a Cobo Hall press-room table, then later slipped under my hotel-room door—I found a leaflet entitled: "Toyota: A Danger to America," carrying the footer, "I ain't dying for a Toyota." Wearing the language and design earmarks of...Read More»

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Chrysler Offers Buyout Option To 23,000 U.S. Workers

In just two days, Sergio Marchionne will reveal his five-year recovery plan for Chrysler. While much of that plan revolves around slimmed-down lineups, more focused brands, and new and improved products based on Fiat vehicles, it's also likely to involve some tinkering with Chrysler's workforce and...Read More»

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Cutting Through Tire-Tariff Flubber? Think American Rubber

You’ve probably already heard about how the U.S. will impose a controversial new 35-percent tariff on car and light-truck tires imported from China. Before they changed the topic to more important topics—like Kanye West—the talking heads on cable news sparred over whether the move will be...Read More»

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Senate Moderates Deal Unions A Minor Smackdown

Moderate Democrats in the U.S. Senate have handed union organizers a minor defeat this week by trimming a "card check" provision from a pending labor bill. The provision would have allowed workers to unionize as soon as a majority had signed cards indicating that they wished to do so. However, many...Read More»

Buncefield Fuel Depot explosion, by Flickr user r12a
New Tactic For Unions On Strike: Threaten To Blow Up Factory

The French are different. Just look at their cars, which have included single-spoke steering wheels, turn indicators that don't self-cancel (to keep the driver on his toes?), and pneumatic suspensions that let them sink to the ground with a sigh when parked. Now a few members of GCT, the French...Read More»

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SsangYong Strike Turns Violent

Violence erupted at a SsangYong plant in Pyongtaek, South Korea, when a group of over 900 striking union members took control of the facility over the weekend. Police had offered some protection for the 4,000 non-striking workers who remained inside, but officers had withdrawn by Saturday night...Read More»

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Tesla's Elon Musk: A Man Who Knows How To Get Attention

Here's what we know about Tesla's Elon Musk: he's an outside-the-box entrepreneur. He's become ludicrously wealthy thanks to PayPal and other pet projects. And he's a top-notch showman. Seriously: a SWAT team full of supermodels could start playing naked Twister at one of his press conferences, and...Read More»

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Right To Work: A Huge Issue For Detroit Manufacturers

  Three cheers for the Detroit News's Manny Lopez. His recent column on the issue of Right To Work addresses a huge issue for domestic auto manufacturers. As one who has benefited from what the United Auto Workers initially stood for (safer work places, and fair pay for work provided), I've also...Read More»

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General Motors: Today's News In A Nutshell

There's a lot going on in General Motors' world. To help you (and us) keep track of all the shenanigans, here's a bulleted, easy-to-digest summary of today's major headlines: The feds are gearing up to drive GM into beautiful, downtown bankruptcyville next week. Not that we're pessimistic about the...Read More»

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