The battle for the unionization of Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory is far from over. So say a number of labor experts who spoke to Reuters about the UAW and its failed bid to organize the factory's workers. This report comes barely a week after the union surprisingly dropped its appeal of the original vote.

According to experts like Larry Drapkin, a labor attorney in Los Angeles, instead of pushing for a large, factory-wide vote, the UAW could attempt to infiltrate smaller sections of the factory that are segregated from the greater workforce. The body shop, which is apparently pro-union, could be a prime target for the UAW.

The downside to this plan is that, like a factory-wide vote, it couldn't be done until February 2015, thanks to the guidelines of the National Labor Relations Board. The other option completely cuts out the NLRB, in favor of a neutral third party. The vote could be held either with the factory's entire workforce participating or just a portion, and it could be held without waiting a year.

The UAW could also push for a mix of both the "private" election and the segmented approach, according to one professor, who spoke to Reuters. "Through a private election, the UAW might want to carve out a group of workers among whom it has considerable support. That's a possible strategy," said Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Massachusetts.

Finally, the UAW could opt for a card check, which we've explained before. "The issue is do you use the government NLRB route, which the employer can insist on, or do you, as an employer and a union, agree to do some other method that legally may be used to determine the wishes of the employees," Ron Meisburg, a former NLRB member, told Reuters.

In the end, the best scenario for VW and the UAW might just be to wait a year, and hold a secret ballot vote with the backing of the NLRB, which Meisburg says has "the highest degree of integrity."


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      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      The Detroit Mafia just does not understand. Chattanooga is a nice, clean, beautiful city. The people in Chattanooga do not want their city ruined by the yankee carpet baggers.
        churchmotor
        • 7 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        LOL, I really pissed off yonomo1701
        carguy1701
        • 7 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        >yankee carpet baggers The Civil War ended over 150 years ago and the South lost. Get over it.
      Tariff The Imports
      • 7 Months Ago
      VW should pack up and pull out of 3rd World TN. Like most southern states, backwards TN sucks. Most there haven't a clue as to what's good for them.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      Headline should be "How the UAW could still screw VW's Chattanooga plant"
      eye.surgeon
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice to see the UAW isn't going to let the will of the workers get in the way of their agenda.
      DooMMasteR
      • 7 Months Ago
      I have read about this topic for a while now and something still boggles me (as a German) 1. Why in HELL would a worker NOT want a union representing his interests? 2. What does the average US Industry Worker earn (VW is one of the best paying in Germany)? 3. Why is everyone afraid of the UAW? 4. Why is everyone afraid of the potential costs of "health programs" and other stuff? Americans even seem to be afraid of payed holidays sometimes (we get at least 24 days a year by law). All in all those things make the average workers situation better which for one often makes them happy at their job and working better (mot people work better for 6h a day than those who work for 10h a day). 5. Is the productivity of US-Car-Plants really that bad?
        Pj Taintz
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        1 - because unions are no longer needed when we have the same protections given to us by the government these days 2 - the avg VW non union worker is making as much or more than his union counterpart at other factories 3 - the UAW is loud and has friends in high places, they ruin everything they touch 4 - because the culture is just different, we dont want the government taking all our money and giving it back to us. the payed holiday thing i couldnt answer, we do need more
        Chris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        Because the UAW destroyed GM and the US taxpayer lost over 11 billion dollars for one reason
        W. Gregory
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        From a friend of mine who does work in a UAW Shop....your skills are not worth anything. If there is a job he is qualified for, and can do exceptionally well, and he puts his name on the list for it, all it takes to bump him off of that list is somebody else who has been there one day longer to put their name of the list. Seniority is the only measuring stick. Mediocrity is the goal. There is no incentive to strive for excellence in your work.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        Most American workers are smart enough and able enough to represent them self and their own personal best interests. It depends on the industry and the region. The cost of living in Alabama is much lower than it is in Detroit because of what the unions did to the regional economies in that area with its artificially inflated wages. Fear comes from a history of violence and a will to destroy any think that gets in its way of collecting dues. Fear of ruining an economy and cutting profits because of paying for things that individuals should be providing for them selves. Thats what made America great, personal responsibility.
          clquake
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          Personal responsibility? America really isn't known for that at all. I don't know what America you live in, but the one I live in, personal responsibility is gone, replaced by cover your a$$, only do the minimum work so you can't be blamed if anything goes wrong, and it's not my job. No, pretty sure what you think makes America great is an illusion.
        thyservant
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        Because the UAW is a cancer? Research how well they did with the Westmoreland plant. Or delayed GM's introduction of new models in 1970, 1972...as recently as 1998 launch of the new GM pickups. A Works Council makes great sense...and I think the Chattanooga workers would consider ANYONE but the UAW. It would be great for another otganization to step up to the plate regarding representation....
        Daniel D
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        DooorMMasteR as an Australian I can say fight any Americanisation of your workforce. In Australia we have for whatever reason adopted American style management and policies and it is destroying our way of life and the quality of life we once enjoyed. Its like going back two centuries in labour relations. The quest for profit destroys everything.
          DooMMasteR
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          that is what I thought when reading of people who fear to go to the doctor and have no compensation when they get sick... here even the way to and from work are protected and when someone works overtime many employers require you to take a taxi on their bill, because they do not want you to have an accident on their papers (it is a lot pricier than the taxi fares) on holidays, not only are you getting 24 and they are paid, you are even required by law to take them and the employer has no way around it (my company e.g. gives 28days and 1 extra day for 3 years in the company (max of 35days) but we are loosing a lot already (pensioners age has been lifted from 60 yeas to 65 and will be 67 by my time :( at least there is still a good health system allowing one to simply visit any doctor at any time without the worries of costs and there is still a working hours limitation on 8h a day max on a regular basis and 10 max total
        clquake
        • 7 Months Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        When you say holidays, do you mean vacation days?
      ken
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why can't Chattanooga plant workers organize themselves instead of listening to a failing union called UAW?
        DooMMasteR
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ken
        because it seems as if american workers are not very good at working together the whole point is just to have a simple point of connection to all workers and VW did very well with that so far
        clquake
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ken
        Probably because they have no experience.
          Ray
          • 7 Months Ago
          @clquake
          Chattanooga used to be a very union town, they also say what happens when unions get out of hand. When a national board that hasn't the local Intrest at heart, it ruins the bond between the plant and workers.
      i.own.your.ass
      • 7 Months Ago
      UAW FTW
        Montie
        • 7 Months Ago
        @i.own.your.ass
        United Auto Workers, F*** The Workers
      manure
      • 7 Months Ago
      The biggest arguments against the UAW are the UAW's philosophy, deplorable behavior and dismal track record.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 7 Months Ago
      For people who talk about being all about the worker they sure don't respect the workers who rejected them. The UAW is acting like a psycho ex lover that just wont go away. Maybe a restraining order is in need here.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm all for unions and giving workers a voice but the UAW is the wrong group. They're just a bunch of greedy snakes that give the word union a bad name.
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      LOL, carguy1701, tiberius1701, yonomo200, car guy 55 . . . . gave me a -34 I love when the truth pisses him off.
      Pj Taintz
      • 7 Months Ago
      heres an idea for those losers in the UAW, instead of spending money and time and effort trying to become a parasite on another factory, how about they spend that money taking care of their current members??? either that or crawl into a hole a just die already
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