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Hundreds of Teamster members and their families protested BMW's greed outside 50 BMW dealerships in 11 states -- California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Virginia -- this past weekend. The protesters distributed leaflets and held banners that read "BMW: The Ultimate Misery." They informed BMW customers about BMW's plan to lay off nearly 100 Ontario, Calif. employees on August 31, 2011 and immediately re-open the parts distribution center with a cheaper, inexperienced work force.

Local 495, located in Covina, Calif., represents 68 workers at the Ontario parts distribution facility.

"BMW got bailed out with nearly $4 billion in low-interest federal loans and in exchange, they are mocking America's plant closing laws and destroying working families," said Randy Cammack, President of Teamsters Joint Council 42. "They've also hired Jackson Lewis, the top union-hostile law firm in the U.S., to help them outsource these good, middle-class jobs."

"BMW would never be allowed to get away with this in Germany," said Teamsters Local 495 Secretary-Treasurer Bob Lennox. "Many of these employees have worked there for 10, 20, 30 years. They think they can take an American taxpayer bailout and then treat their American workers in a way they would never dare to treat their German employees."

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 21:55

CAWA Will Install Officers for the 2012 Year

At its annual meeting to kick off this year’s Industry Week in Las Vegas on October 30, 2011, the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association (CAWA)  will install the following individuals to serve as officers for the 2012 year:

· Chair of the Board – Steve Sharp, WORLDPAC

· Vice Chair of the Board, – Ed Jimenez,  Riebe’s Auto Parts

· Treasurer – Ron Cannon, Charleston Auto Parts

· Secretary –  Ron Aparicio – Walker Products

· Immediate Past Chair of the Board – Mary Davis, NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) , Inc.

For more information please visit www.cawa.org.

Monday, 25 July 2011 16:41

And You Thought You Knew Ugly Dogs

One of our reporters, Ed Attanasio, recently entered his Chihuahua mix named Ratdog in the 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, held June 24th at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

To view the full text of this article with photos please click HERE.

The first prize was $1,000, which comes with the coveted Ugly Trophy and a year-round modeling contract from House of Dog (which also comes with another $1,000!).

Unfortunately for Ratdog, there was one canine deemed even uglier than Ratdog. A real dog from Sacramento, California named Yoda. Ratdog finished 2nd in the Mutt Division, which was a nice performance by this 14-year-old deaf and toothless rescue mutt.

Pictures of Ed and his dog appeared in newspapers worldwide and were interviewed for television news organizations from the U.S., Germany, Israel, Japan and the UK, among others.

In an amended class action complaint filed in July in federal court in California (Perez et al v State Farm et al) against State Farm, Allstate, GEICO and others, the plaintiffs describe the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) as an insurer-controlled tool designed to help the defendants compete unfairly against insurers using genuinely high-quality parts in repairs.

It alleges the "consumer group" represented on CAPA's board (Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety) is also insurer-funded. It quotes a State Farm executive as having said at a CAPA meeting that if "the parts were high quality, a public relations campaign would not be necessary."

Without saying when this occurred, the lawsuit (originally filed in 2006) says that "CAPA itself decided to lower its standards," and quotes an internal CAPA memo by Karen Fierst (who left CAPA in 1998) saying the change was done in such a way "to avoid calling attention to this detail."

The suit seeks damages for "at least several hundred thousand" members of the class that it says have been harmed by the defendants' unfair competition and restraint of trade.

Carrillo & Sons Collision Center is proud to announce the addition of Tony Jr., David and Daniel Carrillo to the day-to-day business operations combined with the public announcement that the company will assume the new business name of Carrillo & Sons Collision Center (formerly known as Carrillo’s Auto Body) located at 4680 Old Cliffs Road, San Diego, CA.

Carrillo & Sons has been family owned and operated in San Diego since 1981. Tony Jr., David and Daniel Carrillo have been a part of the shop since infancy, and are now fully involved in the day-to-day operations of Carrillo & Sons.

All three brothers have been trained to the highest industry standards and are truly dedicated to provide the utmost in customer service. The staff at Carrillo and Sons Collision Center has over 80 years in the auto repair industry collectively.

“I am so proud to have my 3 sons included in our business,” says Maria Carrillo, President of Carrillo & Sons Collision Center. “My sons have grown up in this garage and have learned that our name is our reputation. My sons and I take great pride in the service and quality that we provide to our customers.”

Carrillo & Sons Collision Center is a state certified green facility that has over 15,000 square feet of covered space inside their garage.

After recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the family owned and operated automotive repair business, Furgerson’s Garage is proud to be named a certified “Green Station.”

The Bureau of Automotive Repair and the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control officially recognized the shop after its continued effort to prevent chemical waste and pollution.

Designed by the Bureau, the Green Station Recognition Program recognizes businesses that uphold the highest environmental standards. The program advocates for the reduction of our carbon footprint on the world and believes businesses like Furgerson’s Garage should be praised for their environmentally friendly practices.

Furgerson’s Garage owner, Brad Dow, agrees with this advocacy. “As an automotive repair professional in California, I feel it’s my responsibility to do all that I can to protect our environment, not only by properly performing Smog Check inspection and repairs that aid in keeping our air clean, but also handling and disposing of the toxic substances we generate in an environmentally friendly way.”

Furgerson’s Garage is one of two auto shops in the city that has been certified as a “Green Station.” Only 36 auto shops have received certification in California.