Report: UAW boss calls Mulally’s salary “morally wrong”

Filed under: Ford, Earnings/Financials, UAW/Unions

UAW boss Bob King

After the miracle Ford CEO Alan Mulally and his One Ford team pulled off in turning around the company in the face of an industry meltdown, it might seem hard to argue about the amount of money the CEO makes. But that’s exactly what United Auto Workers President Bob King did in front of reporters at an event in Detroit, calling Mulally’s $54.5 million stock payment “morally wrong.”

CNN Money reports that King said that he liked Mulally, but added, “It creates problems for Ford in both the salaried work force and the hourly work force. It seems like one individual is getting all of the gain.”

So how and why would King bring up Mulally’s pay at a time when Ford just doled out $5,000 in profit sharing checks to the union? King’s statements come as the UAW prepares to negotiate with the Detroit 3 automakers on a new labor contract to replace the last deal that was ratified in 2007. Yeah, that may have something to do with it…

King wouldn’t go into specifics when asked what the UAW is looking for in the next contract, but did add that he’d like to get back some of the concessions the UAW agreed upon when the Detroit 3 were losing money by the bushel full. The UAW boss also said that he wasn’t looking for a contract that will make Detroit automakers uncompetitive.

[Source: CNN Money | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images]

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When Tweeting Goes Wrong: Chrysler accidentally throws out F-bomb *Update

Filed under: Etc., Chrysler

chrysler f-bomb tweet

chrysler f-bomb tweetFor those of you who don’t use Twitter, these next few sentences will be rather odd. Most companies maintain a Twitter account these days as a means of directly reaching out to potential customers and the public in general. The Chrysler account had an interesting message broadcast to the world this morning.

While we find it hilarious, it’s also rather unfortunate. Chrysler has deleted the tweet, stating its “account was compromised earlier today” and “We’re taking steps to resolve it.” The Twitter account was handled by third-party company New Media Strategies, and it seems highly likely that someone there thought they were tweeting on their personal account. Whoops.

*Update: Chrysler’s official response can be found after the break. Spoiler: the NMS employee responsible was terminated.

[Source: Twitter via Jalopnik]

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Video: Wrong Way sign merely a suggestion in China

Filed under: China, Etc., Safety, Videos

Wrong Way Chinese Taxi with Kelly Hu

Chinese Taxi Driver prefers alternate route – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you miss an exit on the highway, the best thing to do is simply wait for the next one and double back. You will eventually get where you are going and the only down side is a few wasted minutes. In China, at least one taxi driver prefers a more efficient way to get to his intended destination… the U-turn. Apparently, the freeways of Tianjin are the Wild West of aggressive driving.

An excited American records footage from the back seat of this potential crash-cab. It should be noted that the female voice on the video is apparently none other than actress Kelly Hu, which means this could have quickly gone from horrible accident to tragedy faster than you can say Hawaii 5-O(h) no!

Make an illegal u-turn across the jump to view the clip.

[Source: YouTube]

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Caption Contest: NC sting operation goes horribly wrong [w/video]

Filed under: Sedan, Etc., Videos, Police/Emergency, Humor

Wake County Police Charger with bee swarm

Wake County sheriff deputy gets mobbed by bees – Click above to watch video after the jump

Alright, fine; it wasn’t a sting operation per se, but we do love our pithy headlines. A sheriff’s deputy in Wake County, North Carolina recently found himself in an odd situation when a truck carrying bee hives broke down on U.S. Highway 64. While the truck had left for its destination before dawn, it ran into mechanical trouble, and when the sun came up, the bees came out. When the deputy pulled up to investigate the situation, the bees in the hives decided that they liked the officer’s Dodge Charger better than the back of the trailer, and set about establishing a colony by swarming the cruiser.

The hoard of bees was so thick that the deputy was forced to seek refuge inside the car, where he became stuck until help could arrive from the beekeepers of North Carolina State University. The keepers managed to talk enough of the buzzers off of the car so that the deputy could then drive away, scattering the stragglers.

Of course, this brings us to the most enjoyable part of this tale – our caption contest. We’ve levied a few of our own suggestions below to get you started, but feel free to leave your own in Comments after buzzing over to the jump to check out a video of the swarm.

  • “Arresting Mr. Pooh for stealing honey doesn’t seem like such a great idea now, does it, rookie?”

  • Dodge’s early attempts at a Superbee revival meet with mixed results.

  • Krispy Kreme’s new honey-flavored donuts are creating quite a stir.

  • Wake County: All your bees are belong to us.

[Source: YouTube via WRAL]

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You’re Doing it Wrong: UK survey shows favorite summer driving song is… Sweet Home Alabama?!

Filed under: Etc., UK

Lynyrd Skynyrd concert

UK firm HPI has some of the most intriguing customers in the business. The firm, akin to CarFax, provides a vetted history of a used car so buyers know what they’re really getting. It has just concluded a survey of its customers to find out what they like most for road trip jams, and out of all the classic rock tracks being laid down in 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s distinctly non-British Sweet Home Alabama took the top spot.

Right behind Skynyrd came hometown favorite Katrina and the Waves with Walking on Sunshine, one of only three English acts on a list that zooms through genres and has only one song from the last twenty years: The Killers’ Mr. Brightsides. Follow the jump for the rest of the songs, and if you take a trip with an HPI user, get ready for anything…

[Source: HPI | Image: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty]

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Classic Recreations declared free of wrong doing

Filed under: Aftermarket, Classics, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Ford, Specialty

Classic Recreations Shelby GT500 CR – Click above for high-res image gallery

Classic Recreations and its owner, Jason Engel, are back at work cranking out jaw-dropping interpretations of the Shelby GT500 CR. Early last month, the restoration shop was raided by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. According to Classic Recreations, a former disgruntled employee made false accusations to the OSBI about stolen equipment. Authorities even confiscated multiple vintage Ford Mustangs during the raid, but found no pilfered hardware. Instead, the investigators determined that Engel had not followed proper protocol when replacing rusty sheet metal on the Blue Ovals – specifically where the VIN plate is attached to the vehicle.

The OSBI determined that Classic Recreations couldn’t replace rusty metal around the VIN tag without completely retitling the vehicle – something that should concern anyone with an interest in putting an old car back on the road. Engel said that the OSBI’s findings will only serve to drive up costs for both his shop and his customers as instead of being able to start with a rusty shell, he will now have to start with higher quality donors. We’re guessing the Ford purists out there will be none too happy about that fact, either.

In the meantime, Classic Recreations is carefully inspecting the confiscated cars, detailing them and getting the wild ponies back to their rightful owners. Past that, Engel says that he is working with state legislators to more clearly define what can and cannot be replaced on a vehicle during a restoration. From the sound of things, that’s something that parties on both side of the issue can agree upon. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Gallery: Classic Recreations Shelby G.T.500CR

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