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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…)

UAW Withdraws Appeal of VW Chattanooga Plant Vote

Major setback for union’s Southern organizing drive.

by on Apr.22, 2014

UAW President Bob King.

The United Auto Workers Union has withdrawn its objections to the results of the in February’s representation election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The union had narrowly lost a vote it fully expected to win and blamed the defeat on political interference by Republicans in Tennessee.  Over the years, the UAW has lost a series of representation elections in the Southern United States, where  aversion to unions is strong, so the defeat in Chattanooga came as a major setback to its so far unsuccessful bid to organize foreign-owned, so-called transplant, assembly lines.

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The union decision to withdraw  its protest to the National Labor Relations Board opens the door  for the UAW to call for another election at the Chattanooga plant early next year. The union made it plain in its statement that it will continue its campaign to bring VW workers in Chattanooga into the UAW.

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