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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:22 AM

Volkswagen to add 800 workers at Tennessee plant

Source: Reuters

Volkswagen AG will add 800 jobs at its only U.S. plant to increase production of the Passat sedan, the company said on Thursday.

The new hires will be added to the Chattanooga plant's existing workforce of 2,200 Volkswagen workers and another 500 who work for a contract firm called Aerotek.

The plant will not add another shift, but will place a third "team" of workers on the existing two shifts and add a Saturday shift to accommodate the additional production, said Hans-Herbert Jagla, head of human resources at the factory.

Plant manager Frank Fischer said there are thus far no plans for a second model to be produced at the Chattanooga plant, which opened in May 11.

Jonathan Browning, head of VW operations in North America, said the plant's additional production will bring its annual capacity to 170,000 vehicles, up about 20,000 from current capacity. In its ramp up year of 2011, the plant produced about 40,000 Passats.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/22/us-volkswagen-tennessee-idUSBRE82L0LX20120322



Another reason that the stupids are avoiding the economy as a primary issue.

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Julian Englis Mar 2012 OP
dmallind Mar 2012 #1
Tesha Mar 2012 #3
harmonicon Mar 2012 #6
Uncle Joe Mar 2012 #2
dotymed Mar 2012 #4
Uncle Joe Mar 2012 #5
harmonicon Mar 2012 #7
Brickbat Mar 2012 #8
madville Mar 2012 #11
Dokkie Mar 2012 #12
dipsydoodle Mar 2012 #14
Celefin Mar 2012 #13
onehandle Mar 2012 #9
Blue_Tires Mar 2012 #10
DLC_GOPLite Mar 2012 #15

Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:34 AM

1. Offshoring! Outsourcing! Bah!! Jobs should stay in the home country!!!! nt

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Response to dmallind (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:31 PM

6. HAHAHA!!! You beat me to it!!

Clearly, no one in Germany should ever buy a Volkswagon, because they produce these cars in a foreign country with sub-standard labour conditions.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:46 AM

2. That is good news.

Thanks for the thread, Julian Englis.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:47 AM

4. They use a temp agency to staff the factory.

Can you imagine the wages they pay their workers-vs-their CEO's?

GO OWS!

Has anyone noticed that we have gone from a great "ownership society," to a poor renters society?

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Response to dotymed (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:08 PM

5. That's true but they still desperately need the jobs.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/sep2011/chat-s23.shtml

"Despite the record-low wages paid by the plant, there has been no problem filling positions with local workers. The economic devastation wrought on Chattanooga over the past ten years has thrown tens of thousands of experienced and qualified industrial workers out of work as major factories shut their doors.

“These are the best-paying jobs available anywhere in Chattanooga,” said one Volkswagen worker who asked us not to use his name. “You do everything knowing there are a dozen people out there who would gladly do your job if you don’t want it.”

Volkswagen received over 35,000 applications for its initial hiring batch of 1,500 employees, and applicants continue to stream in by the thousands. On morning shift changes, applicants join the uniformed Volkswagen and Aerotek workers streaming into the plant’s gates.

“Every day for the past three months, 48 people have taken an 8-hour production simulation exam, hoping to land a job at the plant,” said Josh. “That’s over four thousand people wasting a whole day to fill five hundred positions,” he said.

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Response to dotymed (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:35 PM

7. "ownership society" was always a scam.

It was always about keeping people in debt. People like to pretend that they own their homes, but what they really do is contract themselves to being a labour force for the financial industry. Same goes for cars, etc. on into daily spending the second someone goes into the red with a credit card.

I'd like to see a US where the idea that everyone should own a house is ancient history.

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Response to dotymed (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:35 PM

8. They're making about $14/hour while their colleagues are doing the same work in Germany for about

$70/hour. Amazingly enough, those wages aren't bankrupting VW. But at least the workers in Tennessee aren't in a union. Whew.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 12:43 AM

11. Passats in Germany cost $20,000 more?

A mid-level Passat here is about $25,000 US, over there it is $45,000 US. Somebody has to pay for it.

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Response to madville (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 01:09 AM

12. How much of that 20k

 

is from sales taxes, corporate taxes and other forms of taxes levied on Passat consumers and producers? Also wonder how many man hrs is needed to build a passat?

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Response to madville (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 06:24 AM

14. Nothing like that price over here

Give me a model number and I'll give you the actual figure. Where you are mugs is in not driving our diesel versions for fuel economy.

As an example a 1.8 TSi SE , petrol manual / solid paint , which is mid range, is £ 21170 which at current exchange rate is c. $33,000.
That's the UK figure - they're cheaper in Germany.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 05:44 AM

13. Actually it's between 20 and 35$/hour.

~30$ an hour is the entry level for graduates, btw. Engineering and management in other words. You won't find many examples of that or even the 70$ wage amongst people actually making cars, although a few chief engineers might qualify or at least come close.

With the much higher taxes in Germany, the actual wage you take home is probably 15%-25% higher than in the US, but so is the cost of living. The much higher price for the finished product stems from the amount of taxes and social security payments VW has pay per employee in Germany which are obviously much, much higher than in the US. Thankfully.

Anyway, modern VWs are overpriced crap (but that's just the opinion of someone who owned brilliant VWs built in the 80s).

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:25 PM

9. If only the cars that Volkswagen made in that factory didn't look like Toyotas.

Ugh. They abandoned their Euro-styling to give us what they think we want.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:19 PM

10. Mixed feelings because it's non-UAW

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 06:34 AM

15. Good news and a great opportunity to organize the place

 

VW has publically stated they don’t understand why workers are not in unions in America and would be ok with American workers forming a union in their American factories.

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