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Sep 10, 2013

US VW execs ‘forced’ by German boss to sign UAW letter -Sen Corker

DETROIT, Sept 10 (Reuters) – U.S. executives at Volkswagen
AG’s plant in Tennessee were “forced” by a German board member
to sign a letter disclosing the United Auto Workers’ efforts to
organize the factory, a move that created tension within the
company, U.S. Senator Bob Corker said on Tuesday.

VW executives said last week in a letter to employees at the
Chattanooga plant they are in talks with the UAW about the U.S.
union’s bid to represent workers at the factory using an
“innovative model,” which would be a milestone in the union’s
long-running effort to organize foreign-owned auto plants.

Sep 10, 2013

Detroit convict accused of stabbing deputy with comb arrested

DETROIT (Reuters) – A convict accused of stabbing a Detroit deputy sheriff several times in the neck with a plastic comb, stealing his uniform and vanishing from a courthouse was arrested late on Monday after a large-scale manhunt, authorities said.

Detroit police caught 25-year-old Abraham Pearson in a rundown area of the city’s east side, capping a 14-hour citywide search of rooftops, abandoned buildings and cemeteries.

Sep 9, 2013

Man stabs deputy sheriff with comb, escapes Detroit courthouse

DETROIT (Reuters) – A man due to be sentenced in a robbery case stabbed a deputy sheriff several times in the neck with a plastic comb and escaped from a holding area in a Detroit courthouse on Monday, authorities said.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig identified the suspect as Abraham Pearson, 25, who also goes by the alias Derreck White, and called him armed and extremely dangerous. Court electronic records show that Pearson, who drove off in a minivan after the stabbing, was due to be sentenced on Monday.

Sep 6, 2013

Ford board open to earlier exit for CEO Mulally: sources

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Alan Mulally, credited with driving a culture change that helped save the No. 2 U.S. automaker, may step down sooner than planned, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Under a succession plan outlined last November, Mulally, 68, was expected to stay on as CEO until at least the end of 2014. [ID:nL1E8M12K9] But Ford’s board of directors is now open to letting him step down earlier as he explores other roles, two people familiar with the board’s thinking said.

Sep 6, 2013

Volkswagen in talks with UAW on Tennessee plant workers

DETROIT (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in talks with the United Auto Workers because worker representation at the plant can only be realized by working with a U.S. trade union, the German carmaker’s auto assembly plant manager in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said.

In a Thursday letter to the 2,500 Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga obtained by Reuters, Frank Fischer, chief executive officer at the plant, informed workers that the company has entered talks with the UAW.

Sep 6, 2013

Exclusive: Ford board open to earlier exit for CEO Mulally – sources

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Alan Mulally, credited with driving a culture change that helped save the No. 2 U.S. automaker, may step down sooner than planned, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Under a succession plan outlined late last year, Mulally, 68, was expected to stay on as CEO until at least the end of 2014. But Ford’s board of directors is now open to letting him step down earlier as he explores other roles, two people familiar with the board’s thinking said.

Sep 5, 2013

No new Scion models soon despite falling U.S. sales: Toyota executive

DETROIT (Reuters) – Scion, Toyota Motor Corp’s (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sagging youth-oriented brand, will not be rejuvenated by fresh models on its U.S. showroom floors anytime soon, a top U.S. Toyota executive said on Thursday.

Bob Carter, senior vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said that while the company’s main Toyota brand is rolling out fresh products this year, the 1,000 U.S. Toyota dealers that also handle Scion will have to wait longer.

Sep 5, 2013

No new Scion models soon despite falling U.S. sales -Toyota exec

DETROIT, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Scion, Toyota Motor Corp’s
sagging youth-oriented brand, will not be rejuvenated
by fresh models on its U.S. showroom floors anytime soon, a top
U.S. Toyota executive said on Thursday.

Bob Carter, senior vice president of Toyota Motor Sales USA,
said that while the company’s main Toyota brand is rolling out
fresh products this year, the 1,000 U.S. Toyota dealers that
also handle Scion will have to wait longer.

Sep 4, 2013

U.S. auto sales on pace for best month since November 2007

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales were on a pace to show a gain as high as 17 percent in August as the industry raced toward its strongest month since just before the start of the 2007-2009 recession.

Last month’s sales will top 16 million vehicles on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, several automakers said, which would be the first time U.S. sales topped that level since November 2007.

Sep 4, 2013

UAW president pushes for ‘works council’ at VW Tennessee plant

By Bernie Woodall and Andreas Cremer

(Reuters) – United Auto Workers President Bob King met with Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and German labor leaders last Friday in an attempt to move toward German-style worker representation at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, German union sources said on Tuesday.

Union officials in Germany who wished to remain anonymous said on Tuesday that the 2,500 Volkswagen workers at the Chattanooga plant may be briefed as soon as this week on efforts to bring the matter to a vote and on the UAW’s willingness to back that vote.