UAW http://wutc.org en Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different http://wutc.org/post/heres-why-uaw-thinks-new-push-chattanooga-will-be-different <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year. &nbsp;Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself. &nbsp;That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.&nbsp; But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary </span>Casteel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.</span></p><p>"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here. &nbsp;There's no opportunity for third-party interference."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.&nbsp; Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.&nbsp; But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.&nbsp; If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant? &nbsp;What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant? &nbsp;This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner <a href="http://www.nooga.com/167126/uaw-forms-local-chapter-vows-to-work-toward-works-council/">Nooga.com.</a></span></p><p><strong>UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.</strong></p><p><strong>“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:17:23 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40108 at http://wutc.org Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different UAW Withdraws Objections to February Union Election at VW Plant http://wutc.org/post/uaw-withdraws-objections-february-union-election-vw-plant <p>Moments before a hearing with the National Labor Relations Board was to convene attorneys for the UAW withdrew objections to the results of a February union vote at the Volkswagen Group of America assembly plant in Chattanooga Tennessee.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:14:43 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 36556 at http://wutc.org Corker, King Comment on UAW Appeal Withdrawal http://wutc.org/post/corker-king-comment-uaw-appeal-withdrawal <p>U.S. Senator Bob Corker is commenting on the United Auto Workers' withdrawal of their appeal of the recent UAW vote at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant.&nbsp; "It's time for VW, our state and our community to re-engage and move forward with bringing additional jobs to Chattanooga," Corker said in a statement this morning.</p><p>In February, the UAW had sought to unionize the plant and narrowly lost in a 712-626 vote.&nbsp; The UAW then appealed the vote, saying that Corker and other politicians had interfered.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:09:28 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 36443 at http://wutc.org BREAKING: UAW Revote Hearing Rescheduled to 4/21 http://wutc.org/post/breaking-uaw-revote-hearing-rescheduled-421 <p>Earlier this week, it was announced that the National Labor Relations Board will conduct a hearing in Chattanooga to determine whether a second vote should happen at the Volkswagen plant where workers narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers' bid for representation.&nbsp; The hearing was originally scheduled for April 7.</p><p>However, according to a NLRB spokesperson, the hearing has now been rescheduled to April 21st.</p><p>We'll have more details as they become available.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:40 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 35111 at http://wutc.org UAW Appeals VW Vote In Chattanooga http://wutc.org/post/uaw-appeals-vw-vote-chattanooga <p>The United Auto Workers are appealing last week's election results at Chattanooga's Volkswagen manufacturing plant.&nbsp; In the UAW's objection, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the UAW claims that Tennessee politicians such as State Senator Bo Watson "conducted what appears to have been a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign... to deprive VWGOA workers of their federally-protected right, through the Election, to support and select the UAW as their exclusive representative... free of coercion, intimidation, threats and interference."</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:06:51 +0000 Staff 33963 at http://wutc.org AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective http://wutc.org/post/afl-cios-trumka-keep-vw-union-vote-perspective When workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers in a recent vote on whether to unionize, it was a stinging setback for a labor movement looking for a big organizing victory in a Southern state.<p>So while the agenda at the AFL-CIO's winter meetings in Houston this week includes the push to increase the minimum wage, pressing for a new immigration law that includes path to citizenship, and looking ahead to the 2014 and 2016 elections, much of the discussion in hallways and in media briefings is about the failure to organize at Volkswagen.<p>AFL-CIO Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:41:37 +0000 Don Gonyea 33861 at http://wutc.org AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective UAW Could Return To Chattanooga Next Year (Maybe Sooner) http://wutc.org/post/uaw-could-return-chattanooga-next-year-maybe-sooner <p> The United Auto Workers<a href="http://wutc.org/post/uaw-voted-out-vw-chattanooga-works-council-still-sought"> failed </a>to unionize Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant last week, but how soon might they return?&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nooga.com/">Nooga.com</a> reporter <a href="http://www.nooga.com/author/chloe-morrison">Chloé Morrison</a> joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller for a discussion of what's ahead.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:37:06 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 33858 at http://wutc.org UAW Voted Out of VW Chattanooga, But Works Council Still Sought http://wutc.org/post/uaw-voted-out-vw-chattanooga-works-council-still-sought <p>Workers at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant in Chattanooga have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/277105945/tenn-vw-workers-reject-move-to-join-union">rejected representation</a> from the United Auto Workers.&nbsp; The vote was a disappointment for the UAW, which lost by a narrow margin.&nbsp; About 1,300 workers voted, and anti-union forces won by only 86 votes. UAW President Bob King said that to lose by such a close margin is very difficult.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>"Obviously, we’re deeply disappointed," King said after results were announced.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:22:46 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 33698 at http://wutc.org President Obama Comments on VW Vote http://wutc.org/post/president-obama-comments-vw-vote <p>After a week of local and state politicians speaking out about the ongoing unionization vote at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, President Obama has joined the discussion, "<span id="articleText"><span class="focusParagraph">accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers," according to Reuters.</span></span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:13:27 +0000 Staff 33686 at http://wutc.org UAW Vote at Volkswagen: Expect A Winner Tonight http://wutc.org/post/uaw-vote-volkswagen-expect-winner-tonight <p>Both pro-and anti-union forces are predicting victory <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/12/275796912/tennessee-volkswagen-workers-vote-on-uaw-membership">as workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant decide </a>whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent then.&nbsp; If the workers vote yes, VW will set up a <a href="http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/info_center/en/news/2007/05/60th_anniversary.html">works council </a>with UAW participation at the plant--a first in the United States.&nbsp; Works councils<a href="http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/human_ Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:26:35 +0000 Staff 33684 at http://wutc.org The Latest: Volkwagen CEO Refutes Corker's Claim http://wutc.org/post/latest-volkwagen-ceo-refutes-corkers-claim <p>VW CEO Refutes Corker's Claim</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:20:08 +0000 Staff 33615 at http://wutc.org Corker Claims UAW Vote Will Influence New VW Production http://wutc.org/post/corker-claims-uaw-vote-will-influence-new-vw-production <p>Chattanooga has been named <a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jan/10/chattanooga-leading-suv-assembly-competition/">as a likely site</a> for production of Volkswagen's newest sport utility vehicle.&nbsp; But U.S. Senator Bob Corker says if plant workers decide to reject the United Auto Workers, that could clinch the deal.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:34:51 +0000 Staff 33601 at http://wutc.org Reality Check: UAW ‘Ate Detroit’? And Chattanooga’s on the Menu? http://wutc.org/post/reality-check-uaw-ate-detroit-and-chattanooga-s-menu <p>The <a href="http://wutc.org/post/tennessee-volkswagen-workers-vote-uaw-membership">unionization vote </a>at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant has spurred impassioned debate.&nbsp; Various pro-union and anti-union organizations are in the Scenic City, attempting to persuade local VW workers to vote one way or another.&nbsp; One group <a href="http://workplacechoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Billboard-photo.jpeg">put up billboards</a> around town that say, “Auto Unions Ate Detroit.&nbsp; Next Meal: Chattanooga?”</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:09:41 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 33570 at http://wutc.org