Business briefs, Sept. 6

Business briefs for Sept. 6, 2013.
By The Associated Press Modified: September 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm •  Published: September 6, 2013
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Rental car free of charge

Visitors to Orlando often try new things while on vacation: thrilling roller coasters, luxury hotels, different cuisines. Now they can try out a fully electric car — and not have to pay for gas during their vacation. Under a new program announced Thursday called Drive Electric Orlando, anyone who rents one of 15 Nissan Leaf cars from Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be able to charge the car for free.

Store protesters arrested

Three people participating in a New York City protest against Walmart have been taken into police custody. About 20 employees, former employees and supporters gathered Thursday outside a Manhattan building where a member of the company's board of directors has an office. They delivered a petition calling for improved working conditions and reinstatement of workers they say were fired for engaging in labor activities. Police say one man and two women were charged with disorderly conduct for blocking the entrance to the building and trespassing. Walmart Stores Inc. is based in Bentonville, Ark. It calls the New York protest “a show” put on by union activists from other states.

Plant considers council

Volkswagen managers confirmed in a letter sent to employees that the automaker is in talks with the United Auto Workers about establishing a German-style “works council” at its Tennessee assembly plant. The letter is signed by the plant's chairman and CEO, Frank Fischer, and by Sebastian Patta, the facility's vice president for human resources. The letter was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

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