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UAW Raises VW Chattanooga Membership to 55 Percent

Union making inroads to gain more influence.

by on Apr.30, 2015

An employee at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant signs on the dotted line allowing the UAW to represent her. (Photo credit: UAW)

The United Auto Workers moved another step closer to its goal of organizing workers at the Volkswagen of America assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The UAW said in a new filing with the U.S. Department of Labor that 816 employees have now voluntarily joined the union. The 816 represent about 55% of the plant’s blue-collar. The filing, coupled with the upheaval on the VW’s board of supervisors, increases the chances the automaker will raise its level of recognition of the UAW contingent at the plant.

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Berthold Huber, the new chairman of VW Supervisory Board, is a lifelong trade union activist who actively supported the UAW during its recognition election last year. The election ended in a narrow defeat for the UAW, which since then has continued its organizing drive with the assistance of Huber and other German union leaders. (more…)

UAW Local in Alabama Claims Victory

Mercedes found to be in violation of U.S. labor law.

by on Dec.03, 2014

The UAW scored a small victory courtesy of a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board.

The United Auto Workers has won a small victory in its ongoing efforts to organize workers at Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, courtesy of a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The decision upheld an earlier ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by preventing UAW supporters from distributing literature inside its Alabama plant.

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It also mandates that Mercedes update its employee handbook to say that workers are allowed to discuss union issues during non-work times and that they can solicit their colleagues in mixed-use areas like team centers and atriums. (more…)

Volkswagen Forges Deal With Union

Maker raises wages for IG Metall workers in Germany.

by on May.28, 2013

Volkswagen reached agreement on a new contract with its primary union, IG Metall.

Volkswagen AG agreed to a new labor contract with its principal German labor union, IG Metall, to raise wages by 5.7% over 20 months.

VW will increase base pay of its German workers by 3.4% as of Sept. 1, and another 2.2% as of July 1, 2014, the Wolfsburg, Germany-based maker said. In addition, the company will make a one-time payment of €300 to the company pension plan.

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Dr. Horst Neumann, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft Board of Management Member for Human Resources, noted, “Employees are receiving a good pay increase. In addition, Volkswagen is improving company pension arrangements for its workforce, particularly with reference to young employees.

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Are German Makers Heading for Crippling Strike?

Contract talks break down over union wage demands.

by on May.21, 2012

Could German automakers be heading for a strike?

Talks between German industrial employers, including major carmakers, and Europe’s largest industrial union, IG Metall, are now at an impasse.

Talks are resuming, but so far five rounds of negotiations have produced little movement and a round of warning strike earlier this month at several companies, including Porsche, BMW and Daimler, suggest that the powerful union is gearing up for a confrontation.

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Despite the German economy showing signs of slow growth, the giant German union is pushing for a 6.5% pay increase. In addition, the union negotiators appear to have taken a stand on placing limits on the use of contract workers and subcontractors in auto plants in southern Germany operated by Porsche, Daimler and BMW. Like other carmakers around the world, German manufacturers have used subcontractors to offset high labor costs.

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