volkswagen http://michiganradio.org en UAW awaits answer on intimidation claims at VW plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-awaits-answer-intimidation-claims-vw-plant <p>It has been a little over a month since a closely watched vote at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. By a very close margin, hourly workers at the plant said no to having the UAW represent them.</p><p>But that is not the end of things at the VW plant. The UAW appealed the results of the National Labor Relations Board, because of what the union calls a campaign of intimidation by outsiders, including an apparent promise from Tennessee's senator – a promise that has yet to materialize.&nbsp;</p><p>Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief David Shepardson&nbsp;joins us today.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:28:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 16872 at http://michiganradio.org UAW awaits answer on intimidation claims at VW plant UAW claims coercion, appeals 'no' vote at Tennessee auto plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-claims-coercion-appeals-no-vote-tennessee-auto-plant <p>The United Auto Workers is blaming outside interference for its defeat this month in a union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p></p><p>The UAW filed an appeal of that vote today with the National Labor Relations Board.</p><p></p><p>In the days leading up to the vote, numerous Tennessee politicians threatened to kill millions of dollars of state incentives for an expansion of the plant if the workers voted to unionize.</p><p></p><p>In the end, plant workers voted down the union by a narrow margin.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:21:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 16555 at http://michiganradio.org UAW claims coercion, appeals 'no' vote at Tennessee auto plant UAW tries to unionize VW workers at Tennessee plant http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-tries-unionize-vw-workers-tennessee-plant <div><p>It's Thursday – time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.&nbsp;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He's picking through the rubble of the UAW's bid to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We know that VW workers said "no thanks" to the UAW by a vote of 712-626, but w<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat are the deeper implications of that "no" vote?</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel Howes joined us today.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></div><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:23:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16529 at http://michiganradio.org UAW tries to unionize VW workers at Tennessee plant Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-20-2014 <p>Just what do you want your city, your community, to look like? Crowded bustling streets? Quiet, residential homes only? Zoning laws determine these things, and although those two words don't sound altogether exciting, zoning laws are creating debate all over the state. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, what was that noise outside today? Did you hear it? Sounded like thunder? Well, in this crazy Michigan weather, we're getting thundersnow. We found out about this winter novelty.</p><p>And, we spoke with the man who designed and painted the masks on the U.S. Olympic hockey teams.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, we checked in with Daniel Howes on the UAW bid to unionize workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.</p><p>And, head to Ford Field on Saturday if you want to be part of a world record. ComePlayDetroit is organizing the world's largest indoor yoga session at the home of the Detroit Lions.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he state of Michigan is ending its exclusive contract with the Education Achievement Authority to oversee the worst-performing schools in the state.</span></p><p>Michigan School Superintendent Mike Flangan sent a letter to the EAA saying the state will pull out of its exclusivity agreement with the Authority one year from now.</p><p>Martin Ackley is with the Michigan Department of Education. He says the state still intends to use the EAA to help turn around struggling schools.</p><p>“Now, this is in no way a statement or an indication of a lack of confidence in the EAA or its academic strategies. This is just an action that needed to be taken in order to provide flexibility and to provide options other than the EAA in which to place these most-struggling schools.”</p><p>So, what are the other options the state might use to help failing schools? And what's ahead for the controversial EAA?</p><p>Jake Neher, who covers Lansing for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:08:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 16532 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 Victory for the UAW at a Volkswagen auto plant? http://michiganradio.org/post/victory-uaw-volkswagen-auto-plant <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>In what could be a victory for the Detroit-based United Auto Workers, a union official in Tennessee says a majority of workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in the state have signed cards favoring the UAW’s representation in creating a German-style works council at the plant.</p><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The official told the Associated Press that the cards are as legally binding as an election by the workers.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px;">More from the AP:</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:36:13 +0000 Mike Perini 14385 at http://michiganradio.org Victory for the UAW at a Volkswagen auto plant? In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-149 <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Good crowds at this years' Detroit auto show</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Another North American International Auto Show has wrapped up, and ticket sales were up yet again. The show drew more than 795,000 people, the best crowd since 2004 according to Chevy dealer and </span>NAIAS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> committee member Scott </span>LaRiche<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We have seen an actual spring board over the last few years, and we're slowly climbing up there towards that 800,000 mark, and realistically,if you look at it from the standpoint of the media that attended, over 5,500 media, we did break the 800,000 mark," said </span>LaRiche<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now the car companies are on to the Chicago for that cities auto show.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Detroit Mayor </span>Kwame<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kilpatrick's trial continues after weekend jail stay</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kilpatrick corruption trial continues after the former Detroit mayor had to spend the weekend in jail on a separate matter. From the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130128/METRO01/301280379/Kwame-Kilpatrick-leaves-prison-after-weekend-stay?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Associated Press</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Mayor </span>Kwame<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Kilpatrick has been released after spending the weekend in prison for violating parole in a 2008 conviction that booted him from office.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Corrections Department says Kilpatrick violated parole by not disclosing all financial transactions last fall. He still owes Detroit $855,000 in restitution and must report details about his income and expenses.</span></p></blockquote><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kilpatrick will go from jail to federal court where the corruption case against him and several of his associates has been going on since September.</span><br>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toyota is King again</span></strong><br>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130128/AUTO0104/301280362/Toyota-dethrones-GM-selling-nearly-9-75-million-vehicles-12?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit News</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says so:</span><br>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now it's official: Toyota is once again the world's top automaker.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><blockquote><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Toyota Motor Corp. released its tally for global vehicle sales for last year Monday at a record 9.748 million vehicles — a bigger number than the estimate it gave last month of about 9.7 million vehicles.</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px;">It was already clear Toyota had dethroned General Motors Co. as the Detroit-based automaker fell short, selling 9.29 million vehicles.</span></div></blockquote><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">GM first lost their top-selling title to Toyota in 2008, then GM regained the title in 2011 after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">2012 showed that Toyota is up and running again.</span><br>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since we're talking about this horse race, we should note that Volkswagen is close behind as the world's third largest automaker.</span></div><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:13:46 +0000 Mark Brush 10964 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... VIDEO: Volkswagen unveils 'CrossBlue' concept at Detroit Auto Show http://michiganradio.org/post/video-volkswagen-unveils-crossblue-concept-detroit-auto-show <p>Volkswagen is working to continue to gain market share in the United States.</p><p>Today at the Detroit Auto Show, the company unveiled a new concept car aimed at the highly sought after North American SUV market.</p><p>http://youtu.be/GnijMyrbFYY</p><p>The "CrossBlue," as it's called now,&nbsp; is a six to seven seat SUV with a "plug-in hybrid powertrain that mates a TDI Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors."</p><p>That's right...&nbsp; lift the hood, and you're not likely to know what the heck you're looking at.</p><p>But that's the future of cars. Automakers are moving toward cars with multiple power plants that can be engaged in different circumstances.</p><p>Volkswagen says the "CrossBlue" would get 35 mpg in "combined mode" (similar to the hybrid mode of today's Prius), and the equivalent of 89 mpg in all-electric mode (with a range in that mode of 14 miles).</p><p>Here's the unveiling of VW "CrossBlue" (complete with the 'demographic dancers'):</p><p></p><p>Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group America said the CrossBlue concept is "exactly the right type of vehicle for the U.S. market," but it still has a ways to go before it would be introduced here.</p><p>The car is an indication of where the company is headed. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:55:19 +0000 Mark Brush 10762 at http://michiganradio.org VIDEO: Volkswagen unveils 'CrossBlue' concept at Detroit Auto Show GM retakes "top selling automaker" crown... sort of http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-retakes-top-selling-automaker-crown-sort <p>For those of you keeping score at home, it&#39;s GM <strong>9,030,000</strong> to Toyota&#39;s <strong>7,900,000</strong> for 2011.</p><p>Those are &quot;around&quot; numbers for the number of vehicles sold in 2011 by the automakers from the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/general-motors-ousts-toyota-retakes-title-of-worlds-top-selling-automaker/2012/01/19/gIQAqHJ6AQ_story.html">Associated Press</a>.</p><p>GM has retaken a crown it owned for 77 years before Toyota snatched it away in 2008.</p><p>Since that time, Volkswagen has been an up and comer as well. That company is the no. 2 automaker. It sold around 8,160,000 vehicles last year.</p><p>But some argue there&#39;s some fuzzy math going on to make GM the &quot;top automaker&quot; in the world.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Some analysts have said that VW is the world&#39;s biggest automaker because GM&#39;s figures include vehicles made by its Wuling joint venture in China. Many don&#39;t count Wuling because GM doesn&#39;t have controlling interest in the company, but GM includes it in global sales figures.</p><p>Excluding Wuling, GM would have been topped by Volkswagen.</p><p>Being the world&#39;s top-selling automaker doesn&#39;t mean much for the bottom line. But GM retaking the title is an example of how far the company has come since its 2009 bankruptcy.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-19/gm-takes-crown-selling-more-than-9-million-vehicles-in-2011.html">Bloomberg Business Week&#39;s Tim Higgins</a> quotes one analyst saying the top automaker crown means &quot;bragging rights&quot; and might help with stock prices.</p><p>Higgins writes GM&#39;s stock did go up with the news, but the stock would have to go up significantly before the U.S. government would break even on its investment:</p><blockquote><p class="indent">GM rose 0.5 percent to $24.63 at 11:26 a.m. New York time.</p><p class="indent">The U.S. government still owns almost a third of GM. The government would have to sell its stake at an average of $53 a share to break even. GM earned $6.17 billion in 2010 and $8.47 billion in the first nine months of last year. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:15:38 +0000 Mark Brush 5864 at http://michiganradio.org GM retakes "top selling automaker" crown... sort of