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GE “Forcing” Employees Into Chevy Volts

GAS2 -- General Motors and General Electric are two companies that have been in the political crosshairs lately. GM stands accused of “crony capitalism,” while GE is under fire for paying no Federal income taxes in 2010. The two companies share more than that though, with GE placing an order for 12,000 Chevy Volts and other hybrid vehicles.

A memo leaked to Green Car Reports lays out GE’s plans for their new fleet of Volts, and as expected, it has some people crying foul.

The memo, sent to employees of GE Healthcare Americas team explains that all sedan, crossover, and minivan purchases in 2012 will be replaced by the Chevy Volt. Only field engineers are excepted from having to drive a company Volt.


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Pumpz
Sophomore Author Boston

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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 9:01:25 PM

Wow, I wish somebody "forced" a co. car on me! The horrors!
grandamgt1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:59:40 PM

What do they want, Cadillac's? GE can buy whatever vehicle it wants for its fleet. If employees don't like it, they can go somewhere else to work.
GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:59:24 PM


Why is the headline "GE “Forcing” Employees Into Chevy Volts" when nobody is twisting anybody's arm here??

GE is supplying some of their employees with a company car, and decided that this company car will be a Volt. Employees can still choose to use their own car, but won't be compensated for mileage.

Regardless what anyone thinks of EVs or General Electric's decision to buy these overpriced overhiped cars it's still their choice since GE is paying for them (well, all except the gov't tax incentive paid for by all US taxpayers.) If I were running GE it would have been a different choice of company car, but to each their own.
JesseJack52
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:58:21 PM

not good
bif65
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:56:28 PM

ok
suzmar
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:55:19 PM

And the taxpayers are subsidizing the purchase of these vehicles.
rjhenn
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:55:15 PM

Another bunch of posts by ignoranuses.

1) The article is about GE company cars, not private vehicles.

2) The Volt is not an electric car with limited range. It's a hybrid, that can run on gasoline when you can't recharge it.

3) Where is there anything in this about tax dollars?

4) Or Obama?
leemun
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:53:42 PM

The fix is in, and once again the American taxpayer bends over in the form of subsidies for the manufacturer and the buyer.
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:52:09 PM

Good post akaglenna...
edamp04
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:49:44 PM

Another way to not pay taxes
gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:49:12 PM

They need to be fined and made accountable to pay it.
rxman1
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:47:05 PM

This is still a free country. I do think that GE should be paying more taxes but that is a problem for Congress to solve. GE can buy whatever car they want as long as they are paying for it.
DEG
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:45:11 PM

The production of the Volt should be ended as each car is costing the taxpayers more than $100K per vehicle. GM should pay back the taxpayers for what it stole (and not use accounting chicanery to suggest that they have paid back the bailout funds).
akaglenna
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:44:05 PM

I don't understand how a company buying a particular vehicle as their company car is "forcing" their employees into something. Was it a problem when GE chose whatever car was their previous company car of choice?

They're buying an AMERICAN car, and helping reduce gasoline usage (and the associated issues with sending money to other countries) without their employees having to pay anything extra -- in fact, should save the employees money if they don't have to fill the gas tank (or not as often with a hybrid). Sounds good to me -- more companies ought to do this!
catspaw
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:39:11 PM

What a load of BS.

As the one footing the bill, a company supplying vehicles to its employees has ALWAYS had the last say as to what vehicle the employee will drive.

For almost 20 years, I had a job with a big company which came with a company car. I was given a choice of just a few different vehicles, and I was told which options I HAD to have on the vehicles and which options I was not allowed to have even if I offered to pay for them myself. As my driveway was only big enough for 2 vehicles, it also meant I had no choice but to sell my own personal car.

This is standard practice for hundreds of companies that provide their employees with company cars. This is no different.

I've so often heard Republicans say that "if you don't like the rules, you're free to get another job with a different company", but of course, they won't say that with this because it doesn't suit their purposes.
julesTN
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:38:15 PM

they won't be forcing them into the volts when all the employees are stranded on some back road somewhere!!! ROFL!
dangnad
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:35:59 PM

The ignorant 41% votes for the corrupt Republicans who decry government bailouts but own beaucoup stocks in these morally bankrupt corporations.
mstearno
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:35:55 PM

Ge the great obama lover
no taxes
nbc support
now this
what next??
gxs
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:35:12 PM

GE probably negotiated a very good price with GM, and allowed flexibility in delivery schedules in return. It looks like a win-win to me, and a major reduction in pollution.
Blue48
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:35:01 PM

$3.79/GAL HERE IN EAST PEORIA IL.....GIVE ME A BREAK!!
HEBster
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:34:32 PM

That's how Taurus did it in the 90's!
Hoporrene
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:31:56 PM

Its crazy that they took this route.
Toppers
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:31:11 PM

That'll hit sales figures...
OGW
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:30:52 PM

Everyone has always known that GM were outlaws and now we know GE is part of the gang.
inkedbiker74
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:30:04 PM

geesh, lets see who's going to bail them out of this one ! GM just needs to quit, just like they lost Pontiac, Saturn and Oldsmobile. give it up GM, throw in the towel and take Obama with you.
us4usa
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:28:57 PM

If they did the math($10kX12K=)the LEAF would have saved them even more...
hank1326
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:28:15 PM

More waste of our tax dollars.
stueyAZ
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:28:04 PM

Pay your taxes GE !!
CaesarI
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:25:45 PM

ok
nightworker998
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:24:30 PM

I hope the drivers for GE don't have a long round trip or there is a charging station where they stop.
skyking797
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:21:34 PM

this stinks......somebody on top is making a sh**load of money on this..........
wiwhite87
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:20:32 PM

It's a company promoting it's own interest in electrical devices. Yes, it's also a tax writeoff, certainly a huge consideration.
camaro_man
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:15:46 PM

wow
yeehaw1073
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:15:45 PM

If they don't like what the company provides they can't complain if it costs them more to drive their own...
tippybuddy
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:11:52 PM

someone will pay for this down the road and I hope it's not the common person but rather the company doing this
theschmuck
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:11:00 PM

All those two companies are doing is 'kissing the presidents ass' big time to help push the EV's which are a piece of garbage to start with. Then later on they'll hit the gov't up for a big loan again - like 'stimulus' Croked business deals that screw the people. If the worker refuses to drive one or doesn't 'knuckle under' as the saying goes, they'll fire him for some trivial reason. It stinks to high heaven that major corporations have to sink this low to operate.
firefly09
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:07:53 PM

I agree with tidelwave3.
skyking19
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:06:53 PM

Surprise!!
sillywagon
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:03:29 PM

"GE we bring lame things to life!"
skb69sa
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:02:57 PM

Whatever. They will ask for government bail out in few years from now
Marson
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:02:39 PM

There is a buck in this for GE somewhere.
tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:59:30 PM

More wise leadership or ?
hcivic
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:55:58 PM

very interesting
carman11
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:54:59 PM

INTERESTING!!!
kino10
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:54:08 PM

What has this got to do with the price of gas, unless it is a move to reduce foreign dependance on fuel by an American Company.............using an American made car.

GE needs to be held accountable for past behavior and pay there fair share of taxes from 2010.
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:51:28 PM

drive their own car then
PissedCanuck
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:50:20 PM

Employees can refuse to drive it if they want.
ERO
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:48:59 PM

I smell a tax refund....
ShudBWalking
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:47:55 PM

sure beats what some of us are still driving
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:46:14 PM

and the tax payer is subsidizing the Volt
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:44:15 PM

GM has to get rid of them somehow
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:43:09 PM

improvement works
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