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Feb 14, 2014

As Volkswagen workers vote, Tennessee senator ramps up anti-union talk

, Feb 13 (Reuters) – One of
Tennessee’s two U.S. senators ramped up his anti-union rhetoric
on Thursday in an attempt to sway workers at Volkswagen AG’s
Chattanooga plant who are voting this week on
representation by the United Auto Workers.

Republican Senator Bob Corker told Reuters on Thursday that
he is “very certain that if the UAW is voted down,” the
automaker will announce new investment in the plant “in the next
couple weeks.”

Feb 13, 2014

VW: Union vote has nothing to do with adding vehicle line

, Feb 13 (Reuters) – German automaker
Volkswagen AG, in a brief but bluntly worded
statement on Thursday, said a vote this week on union
representation at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant would have
no bearing on whether it will build a new crossover vehicle
there.

The statement was contrary to U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s
announcement on Wednesday that he had been “assured” that if
workers at the factory reject United Auto Worker representation,
the company would reward the plant with a new product to build.

Feb 13, 2014

Union vote has nothing to do with adding vehicle line: Volkswagen

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen AG, in a brief but bluntly worded statement Thursday, said a vote this week on union representation at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant would have no bearing on whether it will build a new crossover vehicle there.

The statement was contrary to U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s announcement yesterday that he had been “assured” that if workers at the factory reject United Auto Worker representation, the company would reward the plant with a new product to build.

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote

, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bob
Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been “assured” that
if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his
hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker
representation, the company will reward the plant with a new
product to build.

Corker’s bombshell, which runs counter to public statements
by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret
ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant
whether to allow the UAW to represent them.

Feb 13, 2014

Tennessee senator says new VW product on way if UAW union rejected

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build.

Corker, long an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, made his comments on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them.

Feb 11, 2014

UAW’s future hinges on vote at Volkswagen’sTennessee plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – If the United Auto Workers wins this week’s historic election at Volkswagen’s three-year-old Chattanooga factory, the union could use the victory as a springboard to organize other foreign-owned plants in the South and revive its waning influence on the U.S. labor movement.

The UAW appears to have its best chance of a major victory in 30 years. But its bid to represent VW’s 1,550 hourly workers faces fierce resistance from local politicians and national conservative groups and is too close to call on the eve of a three-day secret-ballot election that closes Friday night.

Feb 11, 2014

UAW’s future hinges on vote at VW’s Tennessee plant

, Feb 11 (Reuters) – If the United Auto
Workers wins this week’s historic election at Volkswagen’s
three-year-old Chattanooga factory, the union could use the
victory as a springboard to organize other foreign-owned plants
in the South and revive its waning influence on the U.S. labor
movement.

The UAW appears to have its best chance of a major victory
in 30 years. But its bid to represent VW’s 1,550 hourly workers
faces fierce resistance from local politicians and national
conservative groups and is too close to call on the eve of a
three-day secret-ballot election that closes Friday night.

Feb 3, 2014

VW Tennessee worker vote on UAW to be held February 12-14

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A historic, far-reaching vote of blue-collar workers at Volkswagen AG’s Tennessee plant on whether they wish to be represented by the United Auto Workers will be held February 12-14, the German automaker and U.S. union said on Monday.

The secret-ballot election will be conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, VW said.

Feb 3, 2014

January auto sales yo-yo from brand to brand

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. automakers Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) saw January auto sales plummet, missing analysts’ estimates for the month.

But early sales results were mixed for other companies and brands, with Chrysler Group, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and Nissan North America (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reporting increases and topping analysts’ estimates, while Toyota Motor Sales USA (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) missed on a year-to-year decline.

Jan 31, 2014

Detroit finance plan distributes pain unequally among claimants

DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit has circulated a plan for its finances that would require concessions from pension funds, seek reduced payments to some bondholders, and declare that a major interest-rate obligation is a disputed claim that is not part of the settlement, according to a city report.

The proposals, described in a copy of the report obtained by Reuters, are a major step in Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case, a blueprint for how Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr proposes to treat more than $18 billion in debt and long-term liabilities.