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UAW President Vows to Block Trans-Pacific Partnership

Williams believes deal will cost jobs.

by on Sep.26, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union will fight the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The United Auto Workers, while committed to supporting Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Presidential contest with Donald Trump, is vowing to help defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement touted by President Barack Obama.

Dennis Williams, president of the UAW who has been an important political ally of Obama for more than two decades, told reporters during a roundtable discussion that he simply disagrees with the President on TPP.

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“I’ve known the President since 1994. We’re friends. But he and I just disagree on this,” said Williams, who was invited to ride in the Presidential limousine when Obama visited Detroit for the North American International Auto Show in January. (more…)

‘Anti-Union’ Out at VW’s Tennessee Plant

UAW represents about 55% of employees at Chattanooga plant.

by on Sep.22, 2016

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is now a one-union facility as the automaker decertified the American Council of Employees.

The uncertainty surrounding the UAW’s status at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, just got a little clearer today.

The automaker decertified the competing union at the plant, the American Council of Employees, saying it no longer had enough members – 15% of the workforce – to qualify for recognition by the company.

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Volkswagen told workers the UAW was again verified as representing at least 45% of workers at the plant, qualifying the union for the top tier of the policy, which enables the UAW to interact regularly with management and have a meeting space within the plant. (more…)

Volkswagen Appeals NLRB Ruling

UAW calls for maker to begin bargaining.

by on Sep.02, 2016

Volkswagen appealed the NLRB's ruling allowing the UAW to represent a portion of the hourly workers at the Chattanooga plant.

Volkswagen has elected to continue its fight with the United Auto Workers over recognizing the bargaining unit for maintenance workers at the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The struggling automaker indicated it planned to appeal a decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board, ordering it to bargain with the United Auto Workers. The UAW won a representation election among the maintenance workers at the Chattanooga plant this past December.

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The UAW’s victory marked the first time the union had succeeded in cracking the solidly anti-union South. But so far, the Volkswagen Group has refused to bargain with the UAW, claiming any union in the plant should represent all of the employees. (more…)

UAW Triumphs Over VW with NLRB Ruling

Board says maker must negotiate with union.

by on Sep.01, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board ruled that VW must negotiated with maintenance workers represented by the UAW.

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Volkswagen of America must bargain with a group of maintenance workers represented by the UAW at the company’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The maintenance workers voted last December to join the UAW. It was the first time workers at a plant operated by a European or Asian automaker in the Southeastern U.S. voted to join the UAW. The union lost a plant-wide vote in Chattanooga in February 2014.

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VOA, however, maintained the vote by the maintenance workers should be set aside because the bargaining unit would not represent all of the workers at Chattanooga plant and declined to bargain with the UAW on wages and benefits for the employees in the new unit. (more…)

UAW Secures Promise from Clinton to Re-Work NAFTA

Democratic nominee pledges to tackle trade agreement.

by on Jul.27, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams says he's convinced Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to amend NAFTA, if elected.

The United Auto Workers have a commitment from Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to review provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, UAW President Dennis Williams said during a conference call with reporters.

Trade and trade agreements have been at the center of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign, with him vowing to rip up NAFTA and other trade agreements he believes have been unfair to Americans.

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One of the byproducts of the NAFTA agreement was a broad expansion of car and truck production in Mexico. (more…)

UAW Eyes Tesla for Organization Movement

Union leader Williams reiterates desire to help Mexican workers.

by on May.20, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union intends to organize workers at Tesla's plant in California.

The United Auto Workers will attempt to organize workers at Tesla, UAW President Dennis Williams told reporters during a recent roundtable discussion at union headquarters in Detroit.

“We have contacts there. We know that plant very well. It’s the old NUMMI plant. We’re very interested in Tesla,” Williams said.

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The Tesla factory is in Fremont, California, just outside San Francisco. The electric car company builds its Model S and new Model X there and it once belonged to the New United Motors Manufacturing Inc., a General Motors and Toyota joint venture that employed 5,000 UAW members. The NUMMI plant closed in 2010 and Tesla now has about 1,000 employees at the site. (more…)

Volkswagen Agrees to Meet with UAW

Automaker, union discussing fate of Tennessee plant.

by on May.02, 2016

Gary Casteel, the UAW's Secretary Treasurer and leader of the union's organizing effort in Chattanooga, is meeting with VW to discuss the future of the plant.

Volkswagen AG is preparing to open discussions with United Auto Workers on the sensitive issue of whether it will accept the presence of the UAW at its plant in Chattanooga.

The pair have said that they will now meet to try to resolve their differences, reopening a process that could lead to talks over union representation of the workforce at the German car maker’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant.

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If the VW accepts the UAW as a bargaining agent for maintenance workers at the Chattanooga plant, it would mark the first time the a European or Asian automaker with a plant in the Southeastern U.S. has agreed to bargain with the UAW. (more…)

Volkswagen Appealing Recent NLRB Ruling

Maker still believes entire plant must be represented.

by on Apr.26, 2016

Volkswagen plans to appeal the National Labor Relations Board's most recent ruling about union representation in its Tennessee plant.

Volkswagen of America plans appeal a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that would have cleared a path for the United Auto Workers to negotiate a labor contract for 160 maintenance workers at VW plant in the state of Tennessee for the first time.

A three-member NLRB panel earlier this month had denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their collective bargaining representative, upholding results of an election supervised by the NLRB.

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Volkswagen spokesman Scott Neal Wilson said the German automaker had not yet filed the actual appeal, but has decided to challenge the ruling. “We didn’t state that an appeal was filed, only the decision to do so,” he said.  (more…)

UAW Scores Organizing Win at Ford Supplier in Ohio

Detroit Chassis workers threaten strike over right to organize.

by on Apr.20, 2016

Workers at the Detroit Chassis plant in Avon, Ohio, will be represented by the UAW after threatening to walk off their jobs.

Temporary workers at a minority-owned supplier plant in Ohio responsible for key parts used on Ford Motor Co.’s highly profitable heavy-duty pickup trucks won the right to unionize after threatening a strike.

Workers at Detroit Chassis planned to walk off their jobs at the Avon, Ohio, auto parts plant, but called off the strike after the company agreed to their demand to join the United Auto Workers.

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The vote to join the union followed a march last week at the end of which the workers delivered a letter to Detroit Chassis’ management outlining their demand for union recognition. A walkout could have halted production within a day at Ford’s nearby Ohio Assembly Plant, where F-650 and F-750 trucks are built. (more…)

NLRB Denies VW Appeal of Union Vote

Labor board confirms UAW status at Chattanooga plant.

by on Apr.14, 2016

The NLRB rejected Volkswagen of America's appeal of the vote by workers approving UAW representation.

The National Labor Relations Board rejected Volkswagen of America’s bid to set aside a vote by maintenance workers approving representation by the United Auto Workers at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen is studying the NLRB rulingAdd an Image, which cleared the way for UAW, said VW spokesman Scott Wilson, who declined further comment. VW filed briefs with the NLRB stating that a union representing maintenance workers at the plant complicated the German automaker’s ability to manage the facility.

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A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. The denial upholds the results of the election, which the NLRB supervised. (more…)