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UAW Teams Up With Germany’s IG Metall

Push on to organize VW, BMW, Mercedes plants in U.S.

by on Nov.20, 2015

The UAW gets the nod from the NLRB to hold a new election at VW's Tennessee plant.

The United Auto Workers Union and the powerful German trade union IG Metall are forming a joint project to explore new models of employee representation in the United States.

The UAW also announced the National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a representation election for December 3 among skilled trades workers at the Volkswagen of America plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Roughly 200 workers will be eligible to vote.  The union lost a representation election in February, 2014, but that ballot included both production workers and skilled trades.


BMW Reaches Temporary Accord with Teamsters

Maker agrees not to replace long-time workers with low-cost contractors.

by on Aug.12, 2011

Teamsters demonstrating at a California dealership before the maker agreed not to replace union workers with low-cost contract employees.

BMW has bowed to union pressure and agreed to extend for six months the contract at its parts distribution facility in Ontario, Calif.  The maker had planned to fire 68 Teamster workers and replace them with non-union contract employees.

BMW management also committed to work with the Teamsters during this period to reach a mutually acceptable solution that addresses long-term employment for the current workforce at the warehouse in California, according to the union.

Teamsters Local 495 represents 68 workers at the Ontario parts distribution facility. BMW had planned to fire all its Ontario-based employees at the end of August, and immediately re-open the facility with an outsourced, low-paid managerial, clerical and warehouse work force.


“This agreement shows what Teamsters can do when we stand together and fight back,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Teamsters across the country, and unions that represent BMW and supply-chain workers across the globe, took part in numerous solidarity actions this summer in support of these workers. I am hopeful that the contract extension signals a new path for BMW and the Teamsters.”