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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…)

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…)

Unions Ratcheting Up Pressure on Volkswagen

Union looking to use current emission crisis for leverage.

by on Feb.24, 2016

The UAW has enlisted the help of the AFL-CIO to pressure Volkswagen to recognize the auto union at its plant in Tennessee.

The executive council of the AFL-CIO, at the request of the United Auto Workers, has challenged Volkswagen AG’s management to live up to its stated corporate principles.

“The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage done by the deception perpetrated on its customers will take a long time to heal,” the AFL-CIO noted in a statement.

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“To regain the trust of its stakeholders,” the statement continued. “Volkswagen must make corporate social responsibility more than just a slogan and a public relations strategy. (more…)

VW’s Chattanooga Plant Expansion Bringing 9,800 Jobs

New study shows $370 million in annual income from new SUV.

by on May.28, 2015

VW's expansion of its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, could result in 9,800 new jobs totaling $370 million in annual income.

The competition between states offering incentives and promises to secure new auto business is fierce and a new study shows why: money and jobs.

A study from the University of Tennessee’s Center of Business and Economic Research (CBER) indicates that the expansion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant to produce a new midsize SUV and the opening of a North American Engineering and Planning Center could create approximately 9,800 jobs and add $370 million in additional annual income, once the plant is fully operational.

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“The findings in the CBER study demonstrate that the incentive package recently passed by the Tennessee legislature will result in an economic growth multiplier of several times the state’s investment,” said David Geanacopoulos, executive vice president for Public Affairs and General Counsel, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (more…)

Volkswagen Grants Status to Second “Union”

Chattanooga plant gets new representation.

by on Feb.17, 2015

The American Council of Employees joined the UAW in gaining rights to represent workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen AG is allowing an “anti-UAW” group to represent employees just like the UAW at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The new organization is called the American Council of Employees (ACE) and now has the same access rights to represent workers as the UAW.

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The self-described alternative to the UAW claims it is a “truly local organization” with “no outside influence or political agenda.” The UAW attempted to organize the plant last year, but failed to garner enough votes to be the sole representative for all of the hourly workers at the facility. (more…)

VW Employees Dealing with New Union Tussle

Anti-UAW forces trying to set up new union for workers in Tennessee.

by on Aug.28, 2014

An anti-UAW worker at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is hoping to set up a competing union called the American Council of Employees.

The ongoing saga of the possible union representation of workers at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, took another turn recently as one employee is attempting to form his own union at the plant.

Mike Burton, an hourly employee and an outspoken critic of the UAW, is collecting signatures to certify the American Council of Employees as the union to represent workers on the Works Council for the plant.

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Burton claims if the group can collect 500 signatures, it would be able to call for an election at the plant. He says 108 workers had signed up on the first day. If certified, it would be the first chapter of the union. (more…)

VW Pushes to Top 10 Mil Global Sales – Despite U.S. Struggles

New U.S. plans could prove critical to catching Toyota.

by on Jul.14, 2014

Despite strong sales in China, VW isn't on pace to make its global sales target of more than 10 million vehicles this year, in part because U.S. sales are down.

Volkswagen AG fell a bit short of its ambitious push for global dominance during the first half of 2014, despite its strong and growing presence in China – and its weakness in the U.S. market is largely to blame.

VW reported its deliveries worldwide increased by 5.9%, to 4.97 million vehicles, though if it hadn’t suffered another decline in the American market it almost certainly would have broken the 5 million barrier, putting it well on its way to move 10 million cars, trucks and crossovers for all of 2014.

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But VW is taking steps to rectify its problem in the U.S., the maker on Monday announcing it will spend about $900 million to double the size of its current assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to handle production of the long-awaited midsize crossover based on its well-received CrossBlue Concept. (more…)

Pro- and Anti-Union Forces Wage War of Words over VW Vote

Chattanooga employees conclude vote to join, eschew union today.

by on Feb.14, 2014

Workers at Volkwagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are wrapping the vote on whether or not they will be represented by the UAW.

Workers at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee are scheduled to wrap up three days of voting on whether or not they want to join the United Auto Workers today, but the fight over the outcome continues to rage.

The UAW, which has encountered no opposition from Volkswagen of America’s management, suggested its partisans inside the plant are optimistic about the prospects for a historic victory.

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“As Chattanooga’s Volkswagen workers finish their first day of voting on whether to join the UAW, news coverage continues to reflect the excitement so many of the workers feel at the prospect of unionizing,” the union said in a statement. (more…)

UAW, Outside Groups Battle as Critical Vote at VW Plant is Set to Begin

Vote could determine fate of auto union.

by on Feb.10, 2014

Workers at Volkwagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., will vote this week to determine if the UAW will represent them.

Pro-union workers from Volkswagen of America’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have called for an end to the interference in their election by outside special interest groups and politicians.

Workers at the big plant will vote this week in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that could prove critical to the long-term viability of the United Auto Workers Union which has long struggled to organize employees at the growing number of foreign-owned “transplant” assembly lines.

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Following the announcement of the election, conservative-leaning groups like the National Right to Work Committee, and Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform launched an intense campaign in Chattanooga aimed at swaying the outcome of the vote. Among other things, they have posted a billboard featuring pictures of the Detroit’s Packard Plant, which closed more than half a century ago, and blamed the union for the Motor City’s woes. (more…)

Workers to Decide on Union at VW Plant

Move could be breakthrough for UAW's efforts to organize "transplants."

by on Feb.03, 2014

UAW President Bob King has secured a vote at VW's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant to establish a works council.

In a potentially groundbreaking development that could determine the long-term viability of the United Auto Workers Union, workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. will vote this month on whether to let the union represent them.

Virtually every major “import” now operates at least one U.S. assembly plant – some today producing the vast majority of the vehicles they sell in this country at these “transplant” factories. So far, the UAW has failed to gain a foothold as makers like Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have actively resisted organizing drives.

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That has led to a sharp decline in the union’s membership and severely weakened its financial base, leading some analysts to warn that unless the UAW can crack into some of the transplants its future could be in danger. (more…)