Do UAW workers know that Chrysler is owned by a foreign company?


Earlier today I was stopped behind a Chrysler at a red light. The car had a UAW decal on its back window and a "Out of a Job Yet? Keep Buying Foreign" bumper sticker.

The irony of those three things (Chrysler, UAW decal, and a sticker deriding people who buy foreign) was both funny and incredulous.

Do you suppose that UAW members actually don't know that Chrysler is principally owned by Fiat--an Italian company? Are they that clueless or just in denial?

One time I had to attend a training session conducted by a local college and held at the UAW building near Airport Highway. I parked my Honda in the lot. When I came back out to my car, I had a flier on my windshield warning me to never again park my "foreign" car in that lot. Do you suppose they now slap one of those fliers under the wiper of a foreign-owned Chrysler?

Chrysler executive told Donald Trump in a Tweet on Thursday that he was "full of shit"

Ralph Gilles, Chrysler Executive, Lashes Out At Donald Trump

Reuters | Posted: 11/01/2012 6:22 pm EDT
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DETROIT, Nov 1 (Reuters) - A Chrysler executive told Donald Trump in a Tweet on Thursday that the real estate executive and television personality was "full of shit" for repeating a notion that Chrysler is shipping U.S. Jeep production to China, which the automaker refutes.

Sergio Marchionne: Resurrecting Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne: Resurrecting Chrysler (60 Minutes March 25, 2012)

Chrysler Commercial - It's Halftime in America

Paul W Smith WJR 760AM Morning Show 6:00- 9:00 AM Most listened to morning talk show host in the Midwest!
Guest Sergio Marchionne (February 6)

What Happens When Government Gets Involved

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.
The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat, wrapping up the 2009 auto bailouts that were part of TARP. Fiat paid the Treasury a total of $560 million for the remaining shares, as well as rights to shares held by the United Auto Workers retiree trust.

Fat Cats Sue The U.S. Don't Care About Poor Union Workers

Completely out of context with the title here's a llittle cut and paste from the Detroit Free Press ala Paul Wohlfarth

A group of 64 terminated Chrysler dealers sued the federal government today, seeking at least $130 million for what they claim is the unconstitutional taking of their property and businesses without compensation.

The “takings clause” of the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment prohibits the government from taking private property for public use “without just compensation,” the lawsuit notes.

Fox Toledo reporter's Chrysler Girl interview makes it to the Blogs

Fox Toledo's Barrett Andrews' interview with the Chrysler Girl makes the Auto Blog and the Do you come with the car? Blog. Read for yourself.

FOX Toledo reporter Barrett Andrews thought he could be sly by slipping a come-on into his chat with a lovely auto show model who kindly humored him by granting an interview request.

Reporter gets deservedly dissed by Chrysler model

Is Fiat Helping Chrysler--Or Fiat?


Full story:
Chrysler's ''saviors'' always had their own agendas, which wrecked Chrysler. What about the new savior?

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This wouldn't be a new experience for Chrysler. It's been "saved" before by companies more interested in their own agendas.

The Toledo Blade: Update U.S. trade policies

Article published November 03, 2009
Update U.S. trade policies
Full story at:
As a media industry observer, I read your Sunday story "Solid future for Toledo area Chrysler plants" with great interest. Nothing would make me happier than the prospect of the Jeep plants running at full capacity to meet demand for worldwide export. Unfortunately, not one of the five experts quoted mentioned the largest barrier to such a rosy future: the high tariffs and taxation applied to U.S.-made goods in foreign markets.

GMAC Asks for Fresh Lifeline

U.S. NEWS OCTOBER 28, 2009 GMAC Asks for Fresh Lifeline
Lender in Advanced Talks for Third Slug of Taxpayer Cash -- at Least $2.8 Billion By DAN FITZPATRICK and DAMIAN PALETTA

In a stark reminder of how some battered financial firms remain dependent on government lifelines, GMAC Financial Services Inc. and the Treasury Department are in advanced talks to prop up the lender with its third helping of taxpayer money, people familiar with the matter said.

Chrysler May Not Make It Another Year
October 1, 2009
Douglas A. McIntyre
Rumors, credible rumors, are beginning to circulate in the car
industry and the automotive press, that Chrysler may not make it
another year primarily due to its falling sales and growing financial
losses at partner Fiat. Chrysler sold a 62,197 cars in
September down 42% from the same month last year. The figure was down
from 93,222 in August when traffic to dealers was pushed up by the
”cash for clunkers” program. Chrysler’s problems may only be beginning

Toledo Chrysler workers await news on model cuts, changes

Chrysler workers await news on model cuts, changes

AP Auto Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- At a Jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio, workers fear that Chrysler's new Italian management will scrap one of the two models they make, costing some of them their jobs.

Foreigners loving "Cash for clunkers"

A top ten list for the highest selling cars via Cash for Clunkers has been released, and neither of the bailed out companies - GM or Chrysler - are on the list. Ford has the 3rd and 7th spots with the Focus and Escape, and the foreigners are stealing the rest of the Obamabucks. Of course, I have nothing against what we define as a "foreign auto," ( ) I just find it Ironic. Is the "Buy American" crowd upset?

Right Wing Propogandist Needs Accurate Figures

I know wolfman and others will be able to help me out here. Somewhere in this huge stack of papers I've lost the one that shows how much taxpayer money went to Chrysler before they decided to go bankrupt. I was curious because of this story in the Detroit Free Press today

Study Will Help Support Ohio's Auto Industry

For many years, Ohio's manufacturing industry has helped contribute to
Ohio's economy and provided thousands of jobs. In 2007 the industry
employed more than14 percent of Ohio's population, with 13.8 percent of
those employed in the automotive sector. However, the economic recession
has significantly damaged our state's manufacturing industry,
particularly automotives.

Nearly half of all recession-related job losses in Ohio have been in
manufacturing. With the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler,
many Ohioans who were once employed are now jobless and out region has

Economic Reality 101

National Summit draws business and government leaders

Calvin Buckmaster of Toledo talks with Mary Tradii of Roseville outside boxes that Buckmaster, a laid-off Chrysler Jeep plant worker whose house might be foreclosed on, put up with another man at the National People's Summit and Tent City at Grand Circus Park. It was set up to protest the National Summit across town.

Robin Buckson / The Detroit News
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Chrysler payroll checks bouncing? Anybody know?

My sister in law (laid off from GM) said she saw on the news that employee paychecks from Chrysler bounced. Did anybody else see or hear this? (she also said that her health benefits were just cut, she's been laid off for a month so far).

Under Restructuring, GM To Build More Cars Overseas

Under Restructuring, GM To Build More Cars Overseas

By Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 8, 2009

The U.S. government is pouring billions into General Motors in hopes of reviving the domestic economy, but when the automaker completes its restructuring plan, many of the company's new jobs will be filled by workers overseas.

According to an outline the company has been sharing privately with Washington legislators, the number of cars that GM sells in the United States and builds in Mexico, China and South Korea will roughly double.

Party is Over: Chrysler Seeks Concessions From Constituents To Survive

Looks like the party is over. I have a feeling the auto industry and Toledo will not be the same regardless if the Democrats in Congress decide to bail out the auto industry and the Unions. What will come out of all of this? Hopefully, there will be leaner more competitive companies, but the companies and the City we knew last month will most likely no longer exist. Only time will tell if our leaders can get out of their inbred ideas and move the area forward.

Chrysler in talks with partners - may build army Wranglers in India or more in Egypt - sale?

In recent weeks, the auto maker has had discussions with Tata Motors about having the company sell and possibly assemble Jeeps in India, these people said.

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