Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘uaw organizing’

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.

Subscribe Now!

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.


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.

The Automotive Journal of Record!

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…)

UAW Secures Mercedes Local Unit

Second union local reveals new organizing plan.

by on Oct.06, 2014

Dennis Williams, UAW president, said the union is still plans to organize entire plants in the South. Photo credit: UAW.

After a major setback in its attempt to organize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee earlier this year, the United Auto Workers captured its second small victory by chartering a new local at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama.

The new local, Local 112, is essentially a group of plant employees who want representation. It will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join, according to Gary Casteel, UAW’s secretary-treasurer.

Subscribe for Free!

The plant in Tuscaloosa County is the only Daimler plant in the world that does not currently offer employee representation, noted Michael Brecht, vice chairman of the Daimler Supervisory board. The plant currently manufactures C-Class sedans. (more…)

UAW Implements New Strategy for VW’s Chattanooga Plant

Local union structure may offset decades of defeat in southeast.

by on Jul.10, 2014

The UAW is creating a new local union to represent pro-union employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant.

The United Auto Workers union is down, but not out. After its recent efforts to organize Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the union said it would not abandon the plant and it’s readying to make good on that promise by creating a new local union to represent pro-union workers at the plant.

The new local will not be the official representative of the workers at the plant until a majority of the workers inside the plant can vote again. The UAW suffered a demoralizing defeat when it lost a representation election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board by a 712 to 626 margin.

Your Automotive Source!

However, Dennis Williams, the UAW’s new president, said organizing the transplants remains one of the UAW top priorities. In addition, Berthold Huber, president of Germany’s IG Metal union, said in an interview during a recent visit to Detroit, the influential German Metalworkers was prepared to support the UAW’s drive in Chattanooga regardless of how long it takes. (more…)

UAW Names Next President

Appointment of Dennis Williams comes amidst leadership shake-up.

by on Nov.08, 2013

Dennis Williams is expected to become the next president of the United Auto Workers Union.

Local union leaders have selected Dennis Williams, the union’s current secretary-treasurer, as the United Auto Workers Union’s next president amidst what is expected to be a substantial change in the union’s top leadership.

Under the arcane procedures used to select the union’s top officers, the UAW’s administrative leaders picked the 58-year-old Williams as their official nominee to succeed current president, Bob King, at the union’s constitutional convention next June in Detroit.

Stay Informed!

The public announcement followed a caucus meeting in Dearborn.  Off-the-record discussions with union officials, both active and retired, had indicated that Williams was the overwhelming favorite to succeed King. “You hear lots of things but the decision already been made,” said one knowledgeable insider before the caucus convened.


German Unions May Open Doors to UAW at Mercedes’ Alabama Plant

Desperate to organize “transplants,” UAW may finally get help.

by on Apr.11, 2013

Workers at the Tuscaloosa Mercedes plant celebrating the production of the millionth M-Class. Will they vote for the UAW?

Daimler AG is facing new pressure about opening its Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama up to the long-stalled organizing efforts of the United Auto Workers Union. The big difference is that the maker’s German unions seem ready to throw their hefty support to their struggling U.S. colleagues.

The UAW has been increasingly desperate to organize the so-called “transplant” assembly lines since Honda first landed in the U.S. a quarter-century ago. It has been an all but fruitless challenge complicated by the expansion of those non-union foreign-owned facilities while the organized operations of Detroit’s Big Three have steadily declined in size and employment.

News You Can Use!

Cracking into the transplants has become the top priority for Bob King, the current UAW president – and could be a make-or-break effort for a union losing both political clout and cash.  But until recently, most of the emphasis has been on Japanese-owned plants, Nissan in particular. Now, however, the Germans are in the spotlight.


Will Nissan Be UAW’s First Target?

Organizing “transplants” critical to union’s future.

by on Dec.08, 2011

UAW President Bob King knows it will be difficult to organize the transplants.

As important as it was to win new contracts from Detroit’s Big Three over the summer, United Auto Workers Union President Bob King has made it clear that the “most important” goal during his tenure will be to begin the long-stalled process of organizing the foreign-owned “transplant” assembly lines that now dot the American landscape.

In the more than quarter century since the first, a Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, opened, only three have voluntarily accepted the UAW – all because they were U.S.- Japanese joint ventures, one of which has now closed. Efforts to organize the other foreign-owned factories have failed, so far.

It's Free!

Now, it seems, the UAW is ready to try again, and while King told the Associated Press there’s no deadline nor official target, the wire report says it is “crystal clear” to union leaders that they need begin by targeting Japan’s second-largest automaker, Nissan.

It wouldn’t be the first time.  But an earlier drive at the maker, which operates assembly plants in Mississippi and Tennessee – the latter near its U.S. headquarters – fell flat when workers voted the union down. This time, the UAW appears to be hoping to tap worker frustration at the Canton, Mississippi plant where it claims the company is committing what the union described as both civil and human rights violations.


UAW Ready to Pick Target in Bid to Organize Non-Union “Transplants”

by on Mar.24, 2011

Workers celebrate during the dedication of the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, in 2003. But will they embrace the UAW if given the chance?

The United Auto Workers Union is close to picking the automaker that will serve as the target of what it vows will become the largest consumer boycott in the history of the global economy — all part of its effort to organize workers at non-union plants in the Southeastern corner of the United States,

However, UAW president Bob King suggested there may be a way around the threatened confrontation.  The union is having discussions with a number of transnational makers operating non-union plants in the Southeast to see if it can coax them into abiding by a set of principles that would open the door to organizing drives on company property. The principles would insure the campaigns would be free of the corporate intimidation that has marked past UAW drives, King said.

“This is the UAW of the twenty-first century. We can help them improve their quality and efficiency,” he insisted. “We can help them compete successfully in the global economy just as we have at Ford,” he said.

Auto News When You Need It!

The union is prepared to back up its push with a substantial global campaign to punish automakers which don’t want to accept the union’s offer, said Dennis Williams, UAW Secretary Treasurer, who is attending this week’s national union convention.