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Nissan Says “No” to UAW

Union wants talks to discuss organizing drive at Canton plant.

by on Mar.24, 2017

The UAW and Nissan are butting heads again over the maker's Canton, Mississippi, plant.

Nissan has rebuffed new efforts by the United Auto Workers Union to begin organizing the maker’s big assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.

The factory has landed at the center of the UAW’s attention as it struggles to kick-start long-stalled efforts to represent workers at the many foreign-assembly plants that have sprung up across the South in recent years. Following a March 4 rally outside the plant headlined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the union demanded to meet with company officials to discuss worker concerns.

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But Nissan executive Scott Becker responded by rejecting the proposed meeting, telling the UAW, “It would be inappropriate to have discussions with your union regarding employees at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss., without your union first having obtained the support of a majority of employees at that plant.” (more…)

Hoping to Organize Southern Car Plants, UAW Adopts Pro-Trump Stance

Union backed Clinton in 2016, but now supports president’s “Buy American” campaign.

by on Feb.17, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union supports President Donald Trump's message of "Buy American."

Politics can make for strange bedfellows. So can union organizing drives.

Traditionally a stalwart force for the Democratic Party, and a major backer of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign last year, the United Auto Workers Union has done something of an about face. At a Thursday news conference in Detroit, UAW boss Dennis Williams offered praise for President Trump – the president’s criticism of Mexican auto production, in particular – and said the union is ready to launch a new “Buy American” ad campaign.

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The union’s position is not entirely surprising. In fact, it reflects the reason why many members reportedly voted for Trump last November. But the shift at UAW headquarters also comes as the union amps up its efforts to organize workers at a number of non-union auto plants, most of them in the South, where organized labor has seldom been welcome – and where candidate Trump far outpolled his Democratic rival for president. (more…)

UAW Gearing Up for Organizing Battle With Tesla

Elon Musk claims pro-union voice is actually UAW employee.

by on Feb.10, 2017

At least one Tesla employee believes the automaker's workers need UAW representation.

Tesla and the United Auto Workers union are scuffling over whether workers at the Tesla assembly plant in Fremont, California, need representation.

The UAW has been eyeing the Tesla plant for several months and apparently has managed to gain a foothold where at least one Tesla employee has stepped forward to identify himself as a union supporter.

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Jose Moran, the pro-union employee, also has drawn the wrath of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who labeled him an employee of the United Auto Workers. (more…)

UAW Ready to Talk Trade with Trump

Union agrees with President-elect's plan to renegotiate NAFTA.

by on Nov.11, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams says the union supports President-elect Donald Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The United Auto Workers, which had campaigned against Donald Trump this fall, is prepared to support the Republican President-elect in his bid to overturn the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Meanwhile, both the Canadian government of Justin Trudeau, whose own union supporters want the NAFTA re-opened, and the government of Mexico have signaled they are willing to open talks with the new Trump administration on changing NAFTA, which has been instrumental in the development of a robust Mexican auto industry.

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“We will work with President-elect Trump as much as we can,” UAW President Dennis Williams said during a session with reporters at UAW headquarters in Detroit. (more…)

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…)